Preceptors role in applications

Thank you for your willingness to be a preceptor with the Iowa State University Dietetics Internship!

How you help

As an internship preceptor, your involvement during the application process is critical to the intern’s success in being selected for the internship. Your assistance is needed in suggesting local facilities and other preceptors that will provide the intern with the required experiences in medical nutrition therapy (MNT), food service management (FSM), and community nutrition (COM).


Interns who apply for the nationwide or nationwide plus international Dietetics Internship location with the ISU Dietetics Internship program must identify their preceptors prior to submitting their applications.  There is not enough time between the match/acceptance date and the program start date to secure the facilities and preceptors with whom the interns will work.

Information and requirements

  • Review the Prospective Preceptor Letter (PDF) and the Preceptor video to learn more about the role of preceptors in the ISU Dietetics Internship.

  • The experiences are planned according to a 25-week rotation schedule.  View our schedules to see specific dates for each class, recommended duration and timeline.

  • An applicant’s rotation schedule must show where the intern will accomplish all required experiences and who will be providing those experiences.

  • For the preceptor commitment letter, write a short statement to the applicant (email is fine) stating that you are willing to precept this person and list the specific dates of their rotation with you; they will then include that statement in their application.  If needed, you may include a statement that this commitment is conditional upon specific requirements of the facility being met.

  • After match:  Additional paperwork is required prior to the start of rotations.  You and your facility may have already submitted these.

Appointments are tentative

All internship appointments are tentative until an Affiliation Agreement is completed and signed by the facility and the college after the intern applicant is selected to the internship.

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