Dietetic Internship Program

Dietetic Internship Program

Gain practical experience while you prepare to become a registered dietitian.

USJ’s Department of Nutrition offers a Dietetic Internship (DI), which is a graduate certificate program. This program is open to students with a B.S. in Nutrition who meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements.

Upon completion of more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in clinical nutrition, community nutrition and food service management, graduates will receive a verification of completion and are eligible to take the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (R.D.).

The DI program is currently granted continued accreditation status by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Sample Calendar:

Fall Semester

  • One week orientation
  • Class-day seminars every other week
  • Two weeks extended care
  • 13 week clinical nutrition

Spring Semester

  • 3 days early spring orientation
  • Class-day seminars every other week
  • Four weeks food service management
  • 2 weeks renal nutrition
  • 2 weeks school nutrition
  • 5 weeks community nutrition including WIC
  • 2 weeks enrichment

Program Notes:

  • The DI program is affiliated with many supervised practicum facilities throughout Connecticut, Southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern New York.
  • Dietetic interns are required to have a valid driver's license and have their own reliable transportation.
  • Dietetic interns receive nine graduate credits toward an online Masters of Nutrition at USJ after successful completion of the internship.

Application Procedure:

Dietetic Internship Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics or master’s in Nutrition
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement
  • An average GPA of 3.0

Dietetic Internship Program Guidelines:

Review our Dietetic Intern Handbook for program goals, sample course calendar, program costs, and learning outcomes.