Welcome to the Dietetic Internship Program

Our accredited internship is an excellent choice for future professionals who are looking for a fairly short-term internship that can be done without relocating. You will be exposed to a wide variety of professional experiences to become a well-rounded, entry-level dietitian.

With an emphasis area of Technology in Health Promotion, our full-time, fast-paced, 25-week distance program offers at least 1200 hours of supervised practice in:

  • medical nutrition therapy (MNT)
  • community nutrition (COM)
  • foodservice management (MGMT)


Our interns complete the program with the skills necessary to practice as entry-level dietitians in diverse settings which may include a hospital, long-term care, county WIC, school food service, corporate wellness, nutrition education and more.

When you successfully complete the internship, you will receive the DI Verification Statement and be eligible to sit for the national standardized exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Once you’ve passed the exam, you earn the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential and can apply for state licensure where applicable.

Visit our Dietetics Open House page for a video about the program.

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Fast facts

  • We accept up to 80 interns per class or 160 total per year.
  • Apply to the fall DICAS match for our January class which runs from early January to the end of June.
  • Apply to the spring DICAS match for our June class which runs from early June to the end of November.
  • Set up your supervised practice wherever you choose – where you are already established or where you’d ultimately like to work. 
  • Every class starts with a one-week, required Pre-MNT Workshop in Ames, Iowa.
  • Choose an optional international rotation in Ghana, Africa or Paris, France.

By the numbers

  • Historically, 95 percent or more interns successfully complete the program and around 90 percent pass the exam.
  • Find details about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information in Iowa State’s Gainful Employment section. 

Previous work experience

If you have significant, relevant work or life experiences, you may qualify for Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) credit for portions of the internship.

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