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Dietetic Internship

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At Ohio State, the dietetic internship prepares you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered dietitian. You’ll have a broad spectrum of opportunities, can personalize the internship to your interests and receive comprehensive counseling training to help others change their behaviors. Successfully completing the internship qualifies you to take the registration exam. Ninety-five percent of our interns pass the exam their first time. 

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Internship Highlights 


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Internship Rotation Schedule 

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Outpatient and acute care rotations, 400 hours 

Community/Public Health Nutrition 

Includes corporate wellness, private practice, non-profits, and government agencies, 260 hours 

Foodservice Management 

Hospital, school, long term care, restaurant, non-profit, 320 hours 

Culminating Experience 

Gain additional experience in any of the above areas, 200 hours 

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Internship Options 


Full Time Part Time Individualized Supervised Practice Program*
Program Length

9 months 

12-16 months 

Up to 2 years 





Attend Seminar


Tuesdays, first 9 months 


Required Total Hours




Number of Interns



Up to 4 

Minimum degree to apply    




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


Have questions about the Dietetic Internship? Learn more with our frequently asked questions.  

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Student Outcomes

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Rebecca Youngs, MS, RD, LD
2019 Graduate

Without the extensive and in-depth hands-on experience I gained through the dietetic internship at Ohio State, I would not have had the background knowledge to get my current job at one of the best children’s hospital’s in the country. Specifically, my preceptor tailored my clinical rotations to my interests in nutrition support and complex disease states so that I could use my critical thinking skills to participate in medical rounds and gain exposure to unique situations unlike anything I could have imagined.

Additionally, the preparation for the RD exam through weekly seminars and resources given by OSU faculty allowed me to take the RD exam within 1 month of finishing my internship and pass on my first attempt. Completing my dietetic internship at Ohio State was truly the best experiences of my life, and I would not be the dietitian I am today if I didn’t have the guidance and knowledge that I acquired in my training.

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Internship Requirements

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Master’s degree from accredited university or plan to complete master’s program by completion of internship; original ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement or doctoral degree from accredited university and work/life experiences demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Deadline to apply

Rolling admissions

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Program start

Autumn Semester 

Minimum GPA

2.8 or higher

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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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Licensing requirements 

The process of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutrition requires completing the following: 

  • a bachelor’s degree (will advance to a master’s degree in 2024) granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent,  
  • an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics,  
  • an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship 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 Dietetic Internship 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
  • 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: 

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