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Dietetic Internships

Listed below are the Dietetic Internships (DI). After each program's address is the accreditation status granted by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the date of the next program review. The accreditation status definitions are as follows:

  • Candidacy for Accreditation—program not previously accredited that has had one site visit and is being implemented according to the ACEND Accreditation Standards.
  • Accredited—program that has had at least one site visit and is in compliance with the Accreditation Standards.
  • Probationary Accreditation—program fails to comply with the Accreditation Standards or published policies.
  • Accreditation Withdrawn—program fails to comply with the Accreditation Standards or published policies within a specified time period.

To apply to a DI, individuals must complete at least a bachelor's degree and ACEND-accredited coursework requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics). Currently all DIs must provide at least 1200 hours of supervised practice. This is usually completed in 8-24 months depending on the availability of a part-time schedule or requirement of graduate credit. Individuals completing the program who are verified by the program director are eligible to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

Appointments to DIs are awarded on a competitive basis and most use a national computer matching process. Programs not participating in computer matching accept applications only from individuals employed by the sponsoring organization. Prospective applicants must contact program directors for current information, including application deadline dates. Programs will provide application forms and detailed information on program requirements, tuition, and financial aid upon request.