Dietetic Internship Placement
RIT Nutrition Management graduates have been accepted to Dietetic Internships across the country, including the programs below.
A student is required to complete the Dietetic Internship before they are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration Accreditation (CDR). The Dietetic Internship provides students the opportunity to gain the necessary competence for careers as entry-level dietitians. The Internship builds upon the foundation, knowledge, and skills students have acquired from accredited didactic programs in dietetics. Internships include a minimum 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in the areas of clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food management. Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for employment and state licensure or certification.
Dietetic Internship Application Process
Students complete a separate application for the Dietetic Internships in their senior year and placement is made by a computer matching process. Currently, RIT’s Nutrition Management program has a 100% placement rate for students being accepted into a dietetic internship program within 12 months of graduating. This compares favorably with a national average of approximately 50% placement rate. However, acceptance into a Dietetic Internship is highly competitive and is not guaranteed.
The Nutrition Management program offers multiple resources unique to RIT to assist with application preparations such as:
- A 1-credit required course focused on application preparation; helping students navigate the process of applying for dietetic internships
- Dietetic Internship student manual
- Personalized faculty guidance throughout the process
- Three co-op experience, providing students with hands-on industry experience desired by internship selection committee.
- GPA requirement promotes competitive student application
Information about location and other internship requirements can be found on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics website. Most dietetic internships use the online dietetic internship centralized application process (DICAS). If you have questions about the centralized application, please contact DICAS customer support at 617/612-2855 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about computer matching, please contact D&D Digital customer support at 515/292-0490 or email@example.com. Questions can also be addressed by your faculty advisor.