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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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 2022-23 academic year:

1 week: Orientation to Program

1 week: Orientation to Sustainable Food Systems

Included time at Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Delano Farm, Kalamazoo Farmers Market, Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food and Innovation Center

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*:
Ascension Borgess, Kalamazoo
Beacon Health Three Rivers (south of Kalamazoo)
Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Battle Creek
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo
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
University of Michigan Health West, Grand Rapids

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)
Mission Point Health (several locations)
Medilodge (several locations)

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
University of Michigan Health West, Grand Rapids
Beacon Health Three Rivers 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 (various locations)
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*: 
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Grand Haven Public Schools
Montague Public Schools
Mattawan Consolidated School
Portage 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.