Dietetic Internship Program Overview

Internship Program
Program Overview
Mission, Goals and Philosophy
Activities
Application Process
Expenses
Rotations and Sites

Our program participates in DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System. Application deadline for WMU, DICAS, and D&D Digital is Monday, February 15, 2021. 

  • WMU's Dietetic Internship is a post-baccalaureate program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs. Recognized by the United States Department of Education, ACEND assures the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs for students and the public. 
  • An intern in a clinical setting.WMU accepts up to 10 interns each Spring. During the program, interns will complete a series of experiences that will enable them to enter the work force with at least entry-level competence in dietetics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • WMU’s dietetic internship provides well-rounded supervised practice experiences in clinical and long-term care, community nutrition, food service management, wellness, and school food/nutrition.  The program's concentration area is in sustainable food systems
  • Individualized learning opportunities are also provided through independent projects and an elective two-week rotation.
  • The internship practicum begins in late August and finishes in late May of the following year. The final graduate course of the year finishes in late June. The graduate can complete this online course anywhere there is internet access.
  • Upon completion of the internship, interns will have earned 15 hours of graduate credit toward a Master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences as shown below.

Academic credit is earned during the internship. Graduate classes:

Fall semester

FCS 6140 Nutrient Metabolism I, three credit hours
FCS 6230 Practicum (Internship), three credit hours

Spring semester

FCS 6150 Nutrient Metabolism II, three credit hours
FCS 6230 Practicum (internship), three credit hours

Summer I

FCS 6120 Maternal and Child Nutrition, three credit hours

Those who complete the internship and above 15 graduate credits have an additional five years to complete the master’s.  However, they must take and pass the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist before January 1, 2024 if they have not yet earned their master’s by then.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6695
(800) 877-1600

Questions? Please contact:
Meghan Wilkinson, MS, RDN, CNSC
Acting coordinator of the dietetic internship program
meghan.wilkinson@wmich.edu