University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship Program

The University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship (U of M DI) received approval in the fall of 2015 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the dietetic internships of the University of Minnesota – The Emily Program and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview to merge into one program. Administration of the integrated program is through the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FScN) at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.

The former University of Minnesota - The Emily Program Dietetic Internship (U of M - TEP) was originally established as the U of M Dietetic Internship for Graduate Students (DIGS) in 1990 to provide an internship opportunity for U of M graduate students in Nutrition who planned to become Registered Dietitians.

The newly merged U of M DI accredited program continues to offer non-credit, non-degree, supervised practice experiences designed to prepare graduates with a nutrition/dietetics degree to become eligible for the RD board exam. The program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and The Emily Program, as well as Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health. Interns work with and are supervised by the FScN department faculty member designated as the Internship Director.

The dietetic internship offers two areas of concentration:
1) Eating Disorders (ED-TEP) track - maximum enrollment of 15 annually
2) Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) track - maximum enrollment of 10 annually

• Integrating two successful, well-established dietetic internship programs into one, while maintaining collaborations with The Emily Program, a nationally renowned eating disorder treatment facility, and with the major healthcare systems of Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health creates an exceptionally innovative, diverse, and well-rounded 2- track internship experience.
• The internship is a 37-week (mid-August to early-May) unpaid, full-time, competency-based program providing more than 1300 hours of supervised learning, with detailed scheduling and hours determined by the Internship Director and facilities providing the experiences.
• Comprised of over 15 rotations, utilizing multiple sites within the Twin Cities metropolitan area under the supervision of highly qualified preceptors, each track of the U of M Dietetic Internship possesses a remarkable variety of supervised experiences and training opportunities.
     o Affiliations include numerous medical centers, long-term care facilities, food service management sites, community nutrition locations, with additional involvement within industry and school food service.
     o Classes are built into the internship to further enhance the intern’s knowledge in additional specialty areas such as pediatrics and sports nutrition.

For more details, visit the program’s website.