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Dietetic Internship

The Ohio State University's Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship program is a high-quality training program for students with a master's degree seeking a profession as a registered dietitian. As a student, you'll have a broad spectrum of opportunities, be actively involved in personalizing the internship to your interests and receive comprehensive counseling training to help others change their behaviors.


The Ohio State Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship program is unique in its focus in personalized nutrition counseling, as most other internship programs provide a large clinical focus. I was provided with a well-rounded foundation of skills needed to work as a registered dietitian nutritionist and the confidence to effectively and independently put my nutrition knowledge into practice. As the only intern assigned to each of my preceptors, I received individualized training and several opportunities for independence. Because of this, I gained immense real-world knowledge that I would not have attained by simply "shadowing" or being told exactly what to do.
Sarah (Crock) Simpson, RD
Founder, In Reach Nutrition

Overview

For more than 20 years, Ohio State's Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program has prepared interns with excellent training to become registered dietitians. In this accredited, non-degree program, interns develop their programs based on their individual educational needs, preferences and interests. Additionally, many opportunities exist to receive personalized training from our more than 40 partner agencies and complete a variety of special projects and assignments.

With a focus on personalized nutrition and counseling, interns complete the program either full time or part time with a combination of classroom instruction and supervised practice at medical centers, community agencies, wellness centers, private industry, food services, hospitals and public schools.

Ohio State Master’s Degrees in Nutrition

The requirements set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration to become registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) include a minimum of a master’s degree to take the credentialing exam for RDNs beginning on January 1, 2024.

Learn more about Ohio State two master’s degrees in human nutrition:

Internship Options

  Full Time Part Time Individualized Supervised Practice Program
Program Length 9 months
August-May
12-16 months
Starts August
Up to 2 years
Hours/Week 34-40 20 Varied
Attend Seminar Every Tuesday Every Tuesday,
First 9 months
No
Required Total Hours 1,250 1,216 1,200
No. of Intern Spots 5-10 1-5 Up to 4
Minimum degree to apply Masters Masters Doctoral

As an intern, you'll develop the advanced knowledge and skills in a number of areas, including:

  • nutrition assessment
  • dietary care planning
  • nutrition counseling and education
  • management and leadership
  • personnel management
  • problem solving and decision-making
  • professional growth and development

Successful completion of the dietetic internship qualifies graduates for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The full-time and part-time tracks start in mid-August of each year.

The internship abides by university holidays. Dietetic intern breaks do not necessarily coincide with the Ohio State academic calendar. Interns have at least two weeks of break in late December.

Internship Rotation Schedule

Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Clinical core, outpatient and acute care rotations, 400 hours

Community/Public Health Nutrition
- Includes corporate wellness, private practice, non-profits, and government agencies, 320 hours

Foodservice Management
- 240 hours

Research and Special Projects
- 10 hours

Culminating Experience
- Gain additional experience in any of the above areas, 280 hours

Individual Supervised Practice Program

The Individual Supervised Practice Program is an option if you have a doctorate degree at the time you start the internship program.

Contact Program Director Julie Kennel for more information about applying. Interns admitted through this path are responsible for securing his or her own supervised practice placements.

Registration Examination for Dietitians

Successful completion of the bachelor's program and dietetics internship qualifies you to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Accreditation

The Ohio State University Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program is fully accredited through 2022 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995, 312-899-0040.

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    Requirements

    Deadline to Apply: 
    February 15
    Program Start: 
    Autumn semester
    Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
    Master's degree from accredited university; original verification statement from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics; 2.8 GPA or higher

    Completion requirements: Minimum 1,200 hours supervised practice; meet all competencies set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; completed seminar assignments; completed preceptor evaluations; completed internship exit survey; all fees paid in full

    Process of becoming a Registered Dietitian

    The process of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) requires a completed bachelor’s degree (will advance to a master’s degree in 2024) granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) with a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours, and successful passage of the national credentialing exam set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration and state certification/licensure, as applicable. The Ohio State Human Nutrition DI fulfills the supervised practice step of the process.

    Ohio State's Dietetic Internship prepares interns to obtain dietetics licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at go.osu.edu/onground.

    You may wish to refer to the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.

    Contact

    Julie Kennel
    Program Director
    kennel.3@osu.edu

    Danielle Musick
    Program Coordinator
    musick.52@osu.edu