Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship
Mission of the Internship
The mission of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship
is to develop diverse, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve people
worldwide by providing a comprehensive training experience, grounded in public health
The University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship is accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND*) through
June 30, 2024 and is a full-time or part-time internship. Graduates of the program
will be issued a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the registration
examination for Registered Dietitians (RD).
The program is approximately seven to eight months long and enrolls two cohorts of
interns each year.
The main cohort, to which any qualified person may apply, begins in July.
A second cohort, open only to a select few, qualified current or past University of
Michigan School of Public Health graduates, begins in January.
Goals and Objectives
Graduates will be well prepared for careers as entry-level RDNs in a variety of practice
- At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 12 months
- Of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related
fields within 12 months of graduation
- 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists
within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within
one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists
is at least 80%.
- 25% or more of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they
are practicing in non-traditional roles (i.e. non-clinical).
Graduates will be competent RDNs who will meet the employment needs of Michigan and
contribute positively to the dietetics profession worldwide.
- 50% or more of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they
are practicing in the Midwest.
- 25% of program graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are preceptors
for a dietetic internship.
- 90% of employers who respond to a survey will rate the performance of alumni at a
4 or 5 on all criteria (1 = far below expectations, 5 = far above expectations) at
one-year post graduation.
This internship provides 1280 hours of supervised experience within Southeast Michigan
with community nutrition as the
All University of Michigan School of Public Health dietetic interns will complete
rotations at inpatient and outpatient clinical settings (through Michigan Medicine
and other local hospitals and clinics), long term care, food service, WIC or HeadStart,
and a variety of community sites. Outpatient clinical sites include areas such as
Preventive Cardiology, Dialysis, Diabetes, Eating Disorders, and Gastroenterology.
Community sites include areas such as Meals on Wheels, Food Gatherers, The Farm at
St Joes, the Program in Multicultural Health, MHealthy, and UM Sports. Additional
elective rotations are encouraged.
Please see the example schedule for a full-time intern.
Didactic work is often assigned with various practice rotations as well as specific
projects throughout the internship. Interns are invited to attend Michigan Medicine
lectures, seminars, and grand rounds.
The University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship's five year
average first-time pass rate for taking the RD exam is 93.7%. Nearly 96.2% of U-M
School of Public Health dietetic interns pass the RD exam within the first year of
completing the internship.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Currently we offer acceptance to 30 interns per year. In order to apply, you must
have completed a minimum of 24 hours toward a master’s degree in nutrition with a
plan for graduation.
A strong candidate for admission to the Dietetic Internship will meet the following
criteria (not required for application and admission):
- Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a B or better in all DPD courses.
- GRE scores above the 50th percentile.
- Recommendations with "More Than Satisfactory" or higher ratings.
- Previous employment or volunteer experiences that will enhance your capabilities as
a registered dietitian and demonstrate your interest in the field of dietetics.
- A well-written personal statement demonstrating excellent written communication skills
and thought process.
Fees and Expenses
The current fee for the internship is $8,000. Additional expenses that may be incurred
and should be appropriately budgeted include:
- Living expenses – housing, meals (none included at rotation sites), etc.
- Transportation - We do recommend that interns have cars, but they are not mandatory.
Interns are responsible for all costs related to transportation to and from rotation
sites (up to 60 miles from Ann Arbor).
- Medical insurance - Insurance may be purchased through the Alumni Insurance Program (formally GradMed). Additionally, University of Michigan Alumni are eligible for
the University Health Service (UHS) pre-paid plan. Please contact UHS directly.
We provide all dietetic interns with medical professional liability coverage by the
University of Michigan, while acting within the scope of their duties. For additional
information in regards to expenses, please refer to the Dietetic Internship handbook.
Dietetic interns are not enrolled as students at the University of Michigan, and therefore
do not qualify for school-sponsored financial aid, health services, or counseling;
however, they do have access to University of Michigan School of Public Health student
Student loans are eligible for deferment while completing a Dietetic Internship. Currently,
we do not provide scholarships or financial aid.
Contact Theresa Han-Markey, internship director, if you have questions.
How to Apply
We offer a pre-select dietetic internship application process for 30 interns. This
means that priority is given to the following individuals:
- Current 2nd year Michigan Public Health dietetic master’s or PhD students. Current
students who received their DPD verification statement prior to graduate school may
apply for an early-start intern spot.
- Michigan Public Health alumni who have graduated within the past five years. All alumni
are eligible to apply for either early-start or our regular start.
In the event that our 30 internship spots are not filled during the pre-select process,
we will accept outside applicants who are not University of Michigan School of Public
Health students or alumni using the DICAS/computer matching process. These applicants
are eligible to apply for our regular July cohort only. Please inquire (via the Dietetic Internship director) before applying using the DICAS/computer
Please see Admission Requirements for a description of an ideal and strong applicant.
Qualification requirements include:
- Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics or current enrollment in the Michigan
Public Health Didactic Program in Dietetics with plans to complete the program by
- Submission of a completed application
- Completion of an in-person interview with the Dietetics Internship admissions committee
Pre-select Applicants - School of Public Health Students and Alumni
Qualified University of Michigan School of Public Health students and alumni (within
the past 5 years) of the Master of Science (MS) or Master of Public Health (MPH) programs
will have the opportunity to apply to the UM-School of Public Health Dietetic Internship
program through the pre-select process.
Qualification requirements include:
- Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics or current.
- Enrollment in the University of Michigan School of Public Health Didactic Program
in Dietetics program with plans to complete the program by May.
- Submission of a completed application.
- Completion of an in-person interview with the Dietetics Internship admissions committee.
Applications from Michigan Public HealthU-M SPH graduate students or alumni should
be submitted using our online process by 11:59pm ET on the application deadline date.
Application materials must include the following:
Applications from Michigan Public Health graduate students or alumni should be submitted
using our online process by 11:59pm ET on the application deadline date. Application
materials must include the following:
- Completion of the full application including manual imputation of DPD course grades.
- Attached declaration of intent or verification statement
- Attached personal statement (1,000 words or less) addressing why you want to
enter the dietetics profession, your short- and long-term goals, strengths and weaknesses,
and experiences that have helped you prepare for your career.
- Three recommendations (include academic advisor, professor and professional reference).
You will be asked to submit the names and contact information of your reference, which
will generate an email to your references to complete an online form. We do not
accept letters or other forms of recommendations.
- Uploaded GRE scores
- Official transcripts (for current students). Official transcripts must be submitted
separately for all institutions from which you received a degree or completed DPD
coursework. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar’s
office. Either have the registrar mail the transcript to the following address or
use the institution’s official email process to send it to DIemail@example.com.
Theresa Han Markey
1415 Washington Heights
School of Public Health - Nutritional Sciences
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
There is no cost for using the pre-select process.
For students who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University
of Michigan School of Public Health, a remote internship option, either full-time
or part-time, is available. If you'd like to be considered for this option, please
contact Theresa Han-Markey, Dietetic Internship Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submitting application materials.
- January start – Next deadline for submission is November 15, 2019
- July start – Next deadline for submission is January 10, 2020
- January start – Conducted November 16-30
- July start – Conducted January 13-30
- January start - November 30
- July start – January 31
DICAS Match/Computer Matching Applicants (Outside UM)
All internship candidates not affiliated with the University of Michigan must hold
a master's degree (to be completed by the start of Internship) and apply through a
two-step process: 1) Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) match and 2) computer matching.
The DICAS match online application must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on
February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20
for each additional application.
When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and email address
for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of
a recommendation form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more
than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each
Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal
statement. The statement should be limited to 1,000 words and include:
- Your reasons for entering the dietetics profession
- Your experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career
- Your short-term and long-term goals
- Your strengths and weaknesses
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
PO Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472
In addition, a nonrefundable fee of $75 is required to apply to the University of
Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship. This fee must be postmarked
by February 15. Please send check or money order payable to the University of Michigan to:
University of Michigan School of Public Health
1855 School of Public Health I
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Applicants must also register online for computer matching and select dietetic internship
priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.
There is a $55 computer-matching fee.
- Applicants participating in computer matching should request instructions and register
on-line at: www.dnddigital.com. Paper applications may be requested from this website. Applicants may request this
material from any ACEND-accredited/approved Didactic Program in Dietetics program
director or from D&D Digital Systems, Inc.
- Applicants are responsible for telephoning D&D Digital Systems (515-292-0490) if they cannot access the site to view personal matching results on
the specified dates.
- Applicants who receive a computer match and a dietetic internship appointment are
responsible for accepting or rejecting the match by telephone or fax on the designated
- Applicants who submitted a declaration of intent with an internship application must
obtain a verification statement from the DPD director prior to beginning the dietetic
For additional information on the application and computer matching processes, visit
the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship Handbook
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Concentration Area-Community Nutrition
Academy Honors Dietetic Interns
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce that three of our MPH graduates have won 2019 Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute scholarships.
Congratulations to Daniella Youhan, '19 MPH, Melissa Robinson, '19 MPH and Feriha Bilgen, '19 MPH! Daniella, Melissa, and Feriha will be dietetic interns (training to be registered
dietitians) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship
Program this coming summer. The Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute Scholarship
program is very competitive and we are very proud to have three recipients this year!
The scholarship monies are used for their continued experiential training via the
dietetic internship program.