Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship
Mission of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship
The mission of the U-M SPH 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.
Goals and Objectives of the UM-SPH Dietetic Internship
- 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 SE Michigan with
community nutrition as the area of concentration. All U-M SPH 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 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. 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 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 completing the internship.
We have established a Prior Learning Assessment Policy in which up to 200 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
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Additional information can be found in our U-M SPH DI Handbook and in our FAQ.
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Concentration Area-Community Nutrition
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 with a plan
- 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. 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
sites (up to 1 hour from Ann Arbor).
- Meals - No meals are included at the rotation sites.
- Medical insurance - U-M Alumni are eligible for the University Health Service (UHS)
pre-paid plan. Please contact UHS directly. Additionally, insurance may be purchased through the Alumni Insurance Program (formally 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.
Currently, we do not provide scholarships or financial aid. 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 (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-SPH DI program through the
Qualification requirements include:
- Completion of the U-M SPH Didactic Program in Dietetics program.
- Current enrollment in the U-M SPH Didactic Program in Dietetics program with plans
to complete the program by May.
- Current enrollment at the U-M SPH with a verification statement from an accredited
In addition, applicants must:
- Maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and receive a
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 in 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 (if still a student). Official transcripts for all other
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 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 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.
All non-UM affiliated internship candidates 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 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 UM-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 and select dietetic internship
priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $55 computer-matching
- 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 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.