The ISU DI Program is committed to developing well-rounded, entry-level dietitians who are prepared for a wide variety of work environments. Because our program is more general and broad, our interns are exposed to many different aspects of the profession and often find that they enjoy types of work they hadn't anticipated. Ours is a distance program so you can work towards earning your RDN in the place where you are already established or in a region where you'd like to work in the future.
Our interns are admitted to Iowa State University as full-time graduate students for two semesters, 15 credits (credits may or may not transfer to other institutions; all 15 credits can be applied to ISU's Masters in Professional Practice in Dietetics). You would be eligible for any applicable financial aid and/or loan deferment and will receive a final transcript and certificate upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dietetic Internship program.
The fast pace of the internship dictates that the successful intern is one who communicates clearly, is self-directed, and is somewhat independent. Our internship is structured to develop intern competency in the following areas:
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Assessment/problem solving
- Effective communication
Interns are required to demonstrate mastery of content areas to the internship faculty via predetermined assignments and projects for each type of rotation, while preceptors assess and evaluate your day-to-day skill progression in professionalism, ethics, teamwork ability, and ACEND® competencies. You will experience a range of professional settings which may include:
- Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT): acute care and/or long-term care with a variety of health conditions such as endocrine, cardiac, renal, overweight/obesity
- Community (COM): community health agencies with a variety of populations such as infant, child, adolescent, and pregnant/lactating females
- Foodservice Management (MGMT): hospitals, long-term care, public school food service, university dining centers
Four locations offered
The ISU Dietetic Internship offers four locations to accommodate your needs and interests. Any qualified applicant may apply to one or more locations.
Iowa-based location. All supervised practice is completed within the state of Iowa or surrounding states. ISU faculty arrange preceptors and schedule. (10-15 interns per session.) **Due to the high volume of applications and the limited and varying number of facilities, the Iowa-based location is highly competitive. Applicants from states other than Iowa are strongly encouraged to complete a Nationwide application.
Nationwide location. The intern selects preceptors and facilities in his or her geographic region. (Up to 65 interns per session.)
Iowa-based with international location. ISU faculty arrange preceptors and schedule. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and management dietetics (MGMT) rotations take place at facilities in the U.S. Choose between 200 hours of community (COM) in Ghana, Africa or 100 hours of MGMT in Paris, France. (Included in Iowa-based numbers above.)
Nationwide with international location. The intern selects preceptors and facilities in his or her geographic region. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and management dietetics (MGMT) rotations take place at facilities in the U.S. Choose between 200 hours of community (COM) in Ghana, Africa or 100 hours of MGMT in Paris, France. (Included in nationwide numbers above.)
The Iowa State University Dietetic Internship (DI) began as an AP4 program in 1989. It is currently administered by the Food Service and Human Nutrition Department and meets the performance requirements for supervised practice hours for students who have completed the academic requirements of ACEND®.