Welcome to the Dietetic Internship Program

Our accredited internship is an accelerated 6-month / 1200 hour program that prepares competent entry-level dietitians to function in a variety of settings including community, public health, wellness, private practice, management and health care.

Our concentration area is Technology in Health Promotion which focuses on preparing competent entry level practitioners to apply technology and the Nutrition Care Process in health promotion activities.

Interns are exposed to a variety of experiences in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and food service management.

Individual nutrition education and counseling, private practice, corporate wellness, school nutrition programs, public policy development, community needs assessment, as well as other topics are included in our curriculum.


Upon completion of ISU DI, the RD is able to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-related interventions in professional practice which aid individuals and/or groups (populations) to improve health status.

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.

Open House

Visit our Dietetics Open House for a video with an overview of 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 Professional Skills Workshop in Ames, Iowa.
  • Choose an optional international rotation in Ghana, Africa or Paris, France.
  • Upon completion, your 15 Internship graduate credits can go towards ISU's new Master of Professional Practice in Dietetics.

By the numbers

  • Historically, 95 percent or more interns successfully complete the program and around 90 percent pass the exam.
  • Of the interns who responded to a survey, 99 percent had found employment in dietetics within 12 months of completion.
  • 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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