Dietetic Internship and Registered Dietitian Path (RD)
We will be participating in the Phase II Match. Applications for Phase II will be
accepted via DICAS starting Thursday, 4/8/21 at 12:00pm EST. The DICAS portal will
close on Wednesday, 4/14/21 at 5:00pm EST.
Applications will only be accepted after that time if spots are available.
Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian?
For students interested in obtaining the Registered Dietitian credential, the Nutritional Sciences department offers a multi-step path that culminates in the Dietetic Internship. Students should first complete the Dietetics Concentration as part of an MPH of MS degree, and following, undertake the 7-8 month Dietetic Internship in preparation for the Registered Dietitian exam.
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 principles. Graduates of the program will be issued a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitians (RD).
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.
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.
This internship provides 1280 hours of supervised experience within Southeast Michigan with community nutrition as the concentration area.
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 91.5%.(2015-2019 data). 100% of U-M School of Public Health dietetic interns pass the RD exam within the first year of completing the internship (2016-2019 data).
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Dietetic Internship Open House 11.19.20
Goals and Objectives
Graduates will be well prepared for careers as entry-level RDNs in a variety of practice settings.
- 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.
Currently we offer acceptance to 30 interns per year. In order to apply, you must have a DPD verification statement (or Declaration of Intent) from an ACEND accredited program and have or be working towards a graduate degree (with graduation prior to the internship start date).
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.
- 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.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RD). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program9s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship Program at The University of Michigan School of Public Health are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
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 support services.
Student loans are eligible for deferment while completing a Dietetic Internship. Currently, we do not provide scholarships or financial aid.
Contact Sarah Ball, MPH, RD, internship director, at email@example.com if you have questions.
Ready to Apply?
NOTE: Please inquire (via the Dietetic Internship director) before applying using the DICAS/computer matching process.
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 matching process. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.
Qualification requirements (pre-requisites) 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 May
Submission of a completed application
- Completion of an in-person interview with the Dietetics Internship admissions committee
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.
- 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 DIfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sarah Ball, Dietetic Internship Director (email@example.com) prior to submitting application materials.
- January start – Application opens October 1 and is due November 15
- July start – Application opens December 1 and is due January 10
- January start – Conducted November 16-30
- July start – Conducted January 13-30
- January start - November 30
- July start – January 31
We will be accepting applicants through the 2021 spring MATCH process!
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 $50 for the first application submitted and $25 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 application.
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 appointment date.
- 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 internship.
For additional information on the application and computer matching processes, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For more information on the DICAS/Computer matching process and timeline, please visit this website.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Concentration Area-Community Nutrition