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 principles. 

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, 2023 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). 

About

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 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.

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 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.

Admission Requirements

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 support services.

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 matching process.


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 May          
  • Submission of a completed application
  • Completion of an in-person interview with the Dietetics Internship admissions committee

Additional information 

University of Michigan School of Public Health Dietetic Internship Handbook 

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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.