Dietetic Internship Rotations and Sites

  • student monitoring medical equipment

    Dietetic intern monitoring patient's enteral nutrition. 

  • woman preparing sweet potato fries in food lab

    Dietetic intern conducting healthy eating class for WMU wellness program.

  • Student riding an electronic bike that is preparing a smoothie

    Intern demonstrates smoothie bike at Kalamazoo Public Schools.

  • Intern presenting clinical case study in front of screen

    Intern presents her major clinical case study.

Internship Program
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Rotations and Sites

40 weeks total*

'07-'08 Dietetic InternsWMU's internship is a full-time program and meets five days a week, Monday through Friday. Interns take part in supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, school food and nutrition, food service management, and wellness. Interns work mostly one to one with their preceptor or supervisor. The WMU dietetic internship includes these rotations and sites in the 2020-21 academic year:

1 week: Orientation to Program

1 week: Orientation to Sustainable Food Systems (COVID-19 precautions)

Included time at Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Delano Farm, virtual meetings with Diana Dyer, MS, RD, of Dyer Family Organic Farm and Lisa McDowell, MS, RD, CSSD

Brooke at a Halloween Safety Fair.15 weeks: Clinical Nutrition Rotation consisting of:
Clinical Core12 weeks
Clinical Staff Relief3 weeks
Rotations are at one of the following*:
Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Battle Creek
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo
Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming (greater Grand Rapids)
Mercy Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health—Blodgett Memorial Med Center, Grand Rapids
Spectrum Health Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph
Three Rivers Health (south of Kalamazoo)

3 weeks: Long-Term Care Rotation at one of the following*: 
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Care Resources P.A.C.E. (Kalamazoo, Albion)
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. (Grand Rapids)
Metron Health (several locations)
Pine Ridge Rehab & Nursing Center, Stevensville, MI

Lindsey next to a bulletin board about Dietetics.5 weeks: Food Service Management Rotation at one of the following*:
Battle Creek VA Medical Center 
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo
Holland Hospital
Spectrum Health Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph
Mercy Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Grand Rapids
Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids
Three Rivers Health Hospital Services
Western Michigan University Dining Services

Stacey and Maria cook food.5 weeks: Community Nutrition Rotation at one of the following*:
Barry-Eaton Health Department
Berrien County Health Dept., Benton Harbor
Calhoun County Public Health Dept, Battle Creek
InterCare Community Health Network, Bangor and Holland
Kalamazoo County Government (WIC)
Kent County Health Dept., Grand Rapids

An intern at Courtney school.4 weeks: School Nutrition and Food Service Rotation at one of the following*: 
Forest Hills Public Schools
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Mattawan Consolidated School
Portage Public Schools
South Haven Schools
Spring Lake Public Schools
West Ottawa Schools

1 week: Wellness Rotations sites include*:
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Innovation Center
Meijer Specialty Pharmacy
Policy rotation in Lansing
Three Rivers Health
WMU Wellness

Bethany in a classroom.2 weeks: Enrichment Rotation at End of Year (intern’s choice of site)

1 week: Wrap-Up Week (didactic time)

(2 weeks vacation per WMU academic calendar.)

*Facilities available for rotations and schedules are subject to change.