Dietetic Internship Program


Experience a dietetic internship at University of Minnesota Medical Center

*Attention students: We will not be accepting internship applications for the 2015-2016 year. Watch for more information in 2016 as we transition this program to our partners at the University of Minnesota.*

The University of Minnesota Medical Center Dietetic Internship program is 43 weeks long and provides a variety of supervised practice experiences within an innovative and progressive health care system.

Established in 1917, the program is one of the oldest dietetic internships in the United States. It is a full-time, hospital-based internship with a concentration in the area of medical nutrition therapy.

While supervised learning experiences are provided in all areas of dietetics to meet the competencies set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the program provides a greater depth of learning in the area of medical nutrition therapy. Learn more about our curriculum.

Interns have supervised learning experiences in large, teaching hospitals like University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital as well as in community hospitals, skilled nursing/transitional care units and community clinics. Interns are supervised by registered dietitians specializing in clinical nutrition, food and nutrition management and community nutrition.

Admission requirements and selection criteria

Our dietetic internship program does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, national origin, handicap or religion. To be eligible for admission, the following requirements must be met:
  • Overall GPA of 3.1 (4.0 scale) or higher from baccalaureate program.
  • Verification of completion or intent to complete an approved didactic program in dietetics.
  • Recency of education: if DPD requirements were completed more than three years prior to applying to the internship, an upper-division course in physiology and another in medical nutrition therapy and advanced clinical nutrition must be taken before the start date of the internship.
  • For preselect students: Completion of DPD and baccalaureate degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
  • For computer match students: Completion of DPD and baccalaureate/advanced degrees from accredited institutions.

Selection criteria
  • Strong GPA (grades in subjects like biochemistry, advanced nutrition/metabolism, MNT, community nutrition and food service  will be considered by the selection committee)
  • Work experience in dietetics and/or non-dietetics related fields
  • Three recommendation letters—two from faculty and one from an employer
  • Well-written personal statement that covers all the required categories
  • Completion of the supplemental application form with all required details
  • Overall potential of student to successfully complete an internship in a high acuity teaching hospital—as determined by selection committee members from overall review of application materials.
  • Upon appointment to the internship, interns must submit proof of health insurance and immunization records for specific, hospital-required immunizations and successfully complete a criminal background check.

The University of Minnesota Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)—the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for the 2006-2016 period. 

ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing eligibility requirements and accreditation standards that ensure the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by ACEND. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education affirming that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

After completing the internship program and successfully meeting all the graduation requirements, interns are issued a verification statement. Once the verification statement is issued, interns are eligible to take the registration examination set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). A student becomes a registered dietician only after successfully passing the registration exam. Graduates who pass the exam and become registered dietitians will be required to obtain state licensure or certification depending on the state they are employed in and on the practice setting.

For information about accreditation status, contact:
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
1-800-877-1600 ext 5400 

Program contact Information
Shyamala Ganesh MS, RD, LD
Director, Dietetic Internship Program

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