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). 


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.

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 will meet the requirements for admission to the Dietetic Internship are as follows following criteria, but these are not required for application:

  • Completion of a minimum of 24 hours toward a master’s degree in nutrition with a plan for graduation.
  • 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

Computer Matching

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: 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.

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.