Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship
Mission of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship
The mission of the U-M SPH DI is to develop competent, entry-level registered dietitians
through quality supervised practice experiences.
Goals of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship
- To develop competent registered dietitians by providing professional experiences and
high level practice opportunities in the areas of core competency with a community-based
- To develop registered dietitians proficient in areas of emerging practice to further
evolve the role of registered dietitians and nutrition practice.
This internship provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised experience within
Michigan Medicine and other clinical and community sites around SE Michigan. Michigan
Medicine is comprised of 120+ hospitals, health centers, and clinics throughout southeast
Michigan and includes the University of Michigan Medical School.
All U-M SPH dietetic interns will complete rotations at inpatient and outpatient clinical
settings, long term care, food service, WIC or HeadStart, and additional 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 and
available upon request.
Didactic work is often assigned with various practice rotations. Interns are also
invited to attend UMHS lectures, seminars, and grand rounds.
The program is approximately seven to eight months long and enrolls two cohorts of
interns each year. One group, to which any qualified person may apply, begins in July
(application due the preceding February—see below for more application information).
A second cohort, open only to qualified current or past University of Michigan School
of Public Health graduates, begins each January.
The U-M SPH DI 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).
The U-M SPH DI's five year average first-time pass rate for taking the RD exam is
93.7%. Nearly 96.2% of U-M SPH dietetic interns pass the RD exam within the first
year of graduation.
We have established a Prior Learning Assessment Policy in which documented supervised hours outside the dietetic internship (does not have
to be supervised by an RD) may be approved toward the U-M SPH DI supervised practice
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Additional information can be found in our U-M SPH DI Handbook.
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Admission Requirements, Fees, and Expenses
The requirements for admission to the Dietetic Internship are as follows:
- Completion of a minimum of 24 hours toward a master’s degree in nutrition.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a B or better in all nutrition courses. GRE score
(Verbal/Quantitative) above 50th percentile, if available (GRE is strongly recommended).
- 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.
- Personal statement
Fees and Expenses
The current fee for the internship is $8,000. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek
outside scholarship opportunities through the Academy and other organizations.
Additional expenses that may be incurred and should be appropriately budgeted include:
- Housing expenses
- 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
- Meals - No meals are included at the rotation sites.
- Medical insurance - U-M Alumni can purchase insurance from University Health Service and others through GradMed.
Dietetic interns are provided with medical professional liability coverage by the
University of Michigan, while acting within the scope of their duties.
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 U-M SPH student support services.
Student loans are eligible for deferment while completing a Dietetic Internship. Contact
Theresa Han-Markey, internship director, if you have questions.
- Current U-M SPH Dietetic students and U-M SPH alumni within the prior 5-years should
apply via the pre-select process for cohorts starting in either July or January (current
SPH students with DPD verification OR U-M SPH alumni within the prior 5-years).
- Applicants who are not University of Michigan School of Public Health students or alumni should follow the
DICAS/computer matching process to apply for the cohort that begins in July.
Qualified University of Michigan School of Public Health students and alumni of the
Dietetics Master of Science (MS) or Master of Public Health (MPH) programs will have the opportunity to apply to the UM SPH DI program through the
Qualification requirements include:
- Completion of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Didactic Program
in Dietetics program.
- Current enrollment in the University of Michigan School of Public Health Didactic
Program in Dietetics program with plans to complete the program by May.
- Current enrollment at the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a verification
statement from an accredited undergraduate institution.
In addition, applicants must:
- Maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and B or better
in Didactic Program in Dietetics coursework.
- Provide a completed application.
- Schedule and complete an in-person interview with the dietetics internship admissions
committee mid-to-late January.
All applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the dates below or post-marked by
that date and should include the following:
*Note: please download the recommendation document for full functionality
of the form.
- Declaration of intent or verification statement.
- Personal statement (1000 words or less) discussing 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 letters of recommendation (include academic advisor, professor and professional).
- Unofficial UM transcript. Official transcripts for all other Universities/coursework.
Place all materials in one sealed envelope and submit to the department administrator.
There is no cost to the applicant in the pre-select process.
- January start – Next deadline for submission is November 13, 2018
- July start – Next deadline for submission is January 11, 2019
- January start – Conducted November 14-30
- July start – Conducted January 14-30
- January start - November 31
- July start – January 31
For students who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics at the U-M SPH, a
distance 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, DI Director
(firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submitting application materials. In addition, please add the title "DISTANCE
APPLICANT" to the top page of the application.
The DICAS Match Process
All non-UM-affiliated internship candidates must 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 contact
information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger
an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference 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 1000 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 U-M SPH DI. This
fee must be postmarked by February 15. Please send check or money order payable to
the University of Michigan to:
U-M School of Public Health
1855 SPH I
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Applicants must also register online for computer matching at www.dnddigital.com and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. central time on February
15. There is a $55 computer-matching fee.
The second step of the application process for non-UM-affiliated internship candidates
is computer matching. (The first step is the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) match, described above).
- 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.
Academy Honors Dietetic Interns
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce that two of our MPH
graduates have won 2018 Michigan Nutrition and Dietetics Institute scholarships. Congratulations
to Breanna Anderson, '18 MPH and Cassidy Pont, '18 MPH! Breanna and Cassidy 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 two recipients this year! The scholarship monies are used for their
continued experiential training via the dietetic internship program.