Program Timeline

The UW Health Dietetic Internship participates in DICAS and D&D Digital Computer Matching in the Spring cycle and a pre-select process for both the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Public Health concentrations.

The Dietetic Internship consists of NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits) and NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum II (3 credits). The year-long program begins with one week of orientation (Monday through Friday) on-site at University Hospital in Madison, Wis. Thereafter, rotations are 32 hours per week within the MNT concentration and for all clinical rotations within the Public Health concentration. For other rotations within the Public Health concentration, rotations are part-time at 20 hours per week.

The UW Health Dietetic Internship maintains the following tentative timeline:

  • December: Pre-select applications accepted due for both MNT (UW-Madison DPD students) and Public Health (WIC program nutritionists in Wisconsin) concentrations
  • January: Pre-select applicant notification by the end of the month for both concentrations
  • February: DICAS deadline
  • February: Deadline for Submitting Computer Matching Information Online for MNT concentration applicants
  • February: Apply to UW-Madison as a Special Student (no application fee) Continuing Studies Application Process
  • Early April: Notification and Applicant Appointment Day for MNT concentration applicants
  • June: Program Begins
  • June-August: UW-Madison Summer Session
  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Pediatrics (NS 651, 3 credits online)
  • Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education (NS 652, 3 credits online)
  • August: Orientation Week (Monday–Friday)
  • August: Dietetic Internship begins (both concentrations)
  • August-December: Nutrition and Dietetics I (NS 670, 3 credits)
  • September-December: UW-Madison Fall Session- Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support (NS 650, 3 credits online)
  • January-May: Nutrition and Dietetics II (NS 671, 3 credits)
  • January-May: UW-Madison Spring Session-Clinical Nutrition Research (NS 653, 3 credits online)
  • May-June: Program Completion and graduation

Program Overview

Dietetic Internship Program Mission and Goals

The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program offers qualified college graduates a supervised practice curriculum that develops entry-level competencies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food systems administration within an academic medical center providing tertiary care.

Dietetic Internship Mission

To provide a progressive and effective course of study that integrates supervised experiential learning and coursework in dietetics to prepare graduates for practice and develop high-performing RDNs who are lifelong learners and ready to meet the demands required of future dietitians.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Graduates will secure and demonstrate evidence-based knowledge, high-level problem solving and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the future of food and nutrition practice.

  • 80 percent of graduates completing the program will rate their academic preparation as above average (4) or excellent (5) at their exit survey.
  • 80 percent of employers who hire and respond our graduates will rate their academic preparation and professional readiness as above average or exceptional at the 1-year survey to employers following graduation.
  • “Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.” (2.3.b.2)
  • “80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.” (2.3.b.4.a)

Goal 2: Graduates will pursue their career goals successfully.

  • “Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.” (2.3.b.2)
  • “80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.” (2.3.b.4.a)
  • “The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 percent.” (2.3.b.4.b)
  • 60 percent of program graduates will be active within a professional organization starting at 6 months following graduation.

Program Costs

The UW Health Dietetic Internship program costs are outlined below. For estimates of variable program-associated expenses.

Program Costs

Program Application Fee (non-refundable)$45
UW-Madison Document Fee$65
Program Research Fee$1,000
Program Fee (tuition)$14,400 ($24,800 – full MS-CN degree)
Books and supplies$300
Medical, car and rental insurance$500-$700
Professional organization and Affiliate Membership fees
AND Membership Required
$60-100
Professional meetings or workshops$100-$200
Housing (per month)$800-$1,200
Utilities, phone, etc. (per month)$800-$1,200
Transportation (per month)$30-$60
Computer, printer, Internet access$0-10
Total Estimated Costs:$17,380-$18,200

Additional information related to program costs:

  • Interns can receive a free Metro bus pass. Parking is limited on campus and requires application and payment. Some rotations are off-site and will require transportation outside of the Madison Metro service area. These distances are within a 45-minute drive. Costs of transportation will vary by student choice.
  • Interns are responsible for the cost of their own food.
  • Interns are responsible for securing their own health insurance. Proof of health insurance is required prior to the start of the internship. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or healthcare access to UW Hospitals and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable health care based on their current insurance plan.
  • Miscellaneous: Registration, travel, housing or eating expenses for attendance at professional meetings
  • All interns are employees of the Department of Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services and may apply for special project work in the facility’s Learning Kitchen, Milk Lab and Catering for additional income.
  • At present, interns are eligible for student loans.

Questions

Please contact the program manager at CVanderwall@UWHealth.org.

FAQs

Why do an internship at UW Hospitals and Clinics?

  • Education at its Finest
    The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program is collaborated with the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, bringing quality practice and advanced knowledge to provide a platform for the best future nutrition practices.
  • Highly Trained Preceptors
    The majority of clinical preceptors are Masters or PhD prepared! UW Health provides the best in patient- and family-centered systems approach in treatment and education. Majority of learning is one on one. One intern to one preceptor provides patient comfort and individualized learning.
  • Academic Health Care
    UW Health represents the academic health care entities of UW Hospitals and Clinics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Our health care professionals are at the forefront of research, developing new treatments and training the next generation, and nutrition is no exception.
  • Variety of Medical Specialties
    U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW Hospitals and Clinics the top hospital in Wisconsin and among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven medical specialties: nephrology, geriatrics, pulmonology, ear, nose and throat, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and gynecology. The magazine also named UW a high-performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. On April 8, 2013, the UW Health Digestive Health Center opened, creating the region’s finest multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic serving patients with diseases of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.
  • Informatics and Continued Learning
    With an integrated suite of applications, the electronic medical record helps UW Health faculty and staff provide better, safer and more consistent care and more personalized service to patients. Accessing quality, science-based information is at students’ fingertips. The UW Health Intranet offers immediate access to valuable resources including searches for scientific, peer-reviewed articles, UW-Madison libraries and related instructional sessions, UW Health Academy resources (e.g., addressing quality improvement, leadership, communication) and much more. The Clinical Nutrition Department provides access to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals.
  • Enhanced learning opportunities
    The Dietetic Internship curriculum includes completion of four special projects during the course of the internship. This includes an E Portfolio, a Clinical Case Study presentation, an evaluation of personal professional growth and a journal club presentation.

How can I arrange a visit to UW Hospitals and Clinics?

Visitation is limited to the areas of conference rooms and food systems in order to maintain patient privacy. View posted webinars as they are made available. If you have questions yet unanswered, please email dietintern@uwhealth.org or call (608) 890-8528.

Is there anything I can do to earn extra money during the internship?

Yes, you may earn hourly wages by working in the role of a Special Project Assistant on weekends or evenings. You may also participate in making research trays or supplementing catering staff at special weekend events. You will learn about these options after you match with the program. Work hours may not overlap planned internship activities.

What is the dress code?

You must wear footwear that is comfortable and quiet. During the food systems rotations, wear sneakers and casual clothes that can easily be washed. All other rotations require professional attire.

Will I need a car?

Most likely. While Madison Metro public transportation can be used to get and from to most practice sites, transportation is necessary for the Food Systems Administration and Community rotations.

Are there any additional items not previously listed that I may wish to purchase?

Lab coats may be borrowed at no cost. Some books may be required with courses for which the intern enrolls.

Preceptors

Thank you for your willingness and interest to be a preceptor with the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program.

UW Health has an incredible opportunity for you to explore. Our Dietetic Internship Program provides 20 top graduates with an invaluable educational experience of actively learning, gaining competency and providing remarkable healthcare in a patient- and family-centered environment at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Our internship offers four tracks with two concentrations: Medical Nutrition Therapy (Clinical) and Public Health, which is reserved for WIC Nutritionists within Wisconsin.

The Dietetic Internship Program is a year long practice experience and is seeking passionate and knowledgeable preceptors who are engaged in any of our rotation domains:

  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy in chronic, acute, surgical, extended care and critical care settings.
  • Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy in renal dialysis, bariatrics, and general education and counseling.
  • Public Health in the Department of Health Services, Department of Public Instruction, WIC, School Nutrition
  • Public Health Research
  • Food Systems Administration

The program allocates 32 hours each week to supervised practice experiences in the clinical, public health and food systems administration domains for interns within the MNT concentration. The Public Health concentration permits part-time rotations of 20 hours each week for public health and food systems rotations.

All preceptors receive the opportunity for continuing education credits throughout the program amounting to more than 20 CEUs annually.

Additionally, internal and external preceptors from affiliated sites are invited to attend all of the UW Health Department of Clinical and Culinary Nutrition continuing education opportunities. Program preceptors are also eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United State Department of Education (USDE).

To learn more and inquire about joining our teaching team, contact program management at dietintern@uwhealth.org or (608) 890-8528.

Getting Started

Quality precepting is the strength of the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program.

UW Health Dietetic Internship Program Preceptor Training is offered on an annual basis for any preceptor nationwide and is a requirement for all UW Health Dietetic Internship program preceptors.

Watch an Interview with a Preceptor. Learn from one of our Clinical Nutrition Preceptors

Precepting: What Do Interns Value In a Preceptor? Learn from the perspective of the intern

Curriculum Rotations

Medical Nutrition Therapy Curriculum

The UW Health Dietetic Internship program has a medical nutrition therapy concentration. Clinical nutrition experiences make up 26 weeks of the 39-week internship. Rotations are designed to increase in nutritional complexity. Experiences include:

  • Screening patients for nutritional risk
  • Assessing nutritional status of patients with increasingly complex medical conditions
  • Applying the nutrition care process in real-life practice
  • Interpreting laboratory data and learning medical terminology
  • Developing knowledge nutritional intervention in disease states and procedures
  • Investigating nutritional implications of drug therapy
  • Developing and implementing enteral and parenteral nutrition care plans
  • Functioning as a member of intraprofessional health care team
  • Serving as a nutrition resource for health care professionals
  • Applying informatics knowledge and documenting in the electronic medical record
  • Counseling and educating patients, clients and other target audiences

MNT rotations include six weeks in ambulatory care. Two weeks focus on diabetes care, two weeks in renal care and two weeks are chosen by the intern as a free choice option. Other rotations include one week in clinical nutrition research, three weeks in pediatrics and the remaining weeks in a majority of inpatient rotations that emphasize the following areas: general medicine, cardiology, renal disease and dialysis, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, neurology, geriatric, critical care and organ transplant. Clinical nutrition management is also included within the MNT competencies with consideration to the intern’s placement preference.

Community and Public Health Curriculum

The Community and Public Health experience within the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program last a total of six weeks. Experiences are designed to develop the interns’ competencies in community nutrition assessment and intervention with consideration to public policy and application and compliance to federal guidelines. The intern will provide nutrition education to meet the nutritional needs of culturally diverse populations.

Program partnerships include the Women, Infants and Children Program and area school districts. Interns review legislation, regulatory agencies, gain an understanding of the menu planning and food production and service, and prepare nutrition education activities. Other projects may include training food service staff, creating bulletin boards and contributing to newsletters.

Food Systems Administration Curriculum

Food Systems rotations may occur within the Culinary Services Department at the UW Hospital and Clinics or with community partners, for example, Agrace Hospice Care. Food Systems Administration rotations are naturally experienced in stages to give interns the opportunity to build on their skills and knowledge throughout the six-week rotation. Experiences include exposure to purchasing, quantity foods, safety and sanitation, retail management, marketing, financial responsibility and client and patient services. Learning experiences include creating a business marketing plan, participating in management activities (including human resources), menu development, managing trends in sustainability, use of local or organic foods and waste management.

Curriculum

Dietetic Internship Curriculum

The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program maintains two concentrations: clinical medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and public health (reserved for WIC program nutritionists). The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program is a year-long, supervised practice experience consisting of clinical, community, public health and food systems administration experiences. Interns within the MNT concentration are in rotations a minimum of 32 hours per week, whereas interns within the public health concentration are in rotations a minimum of 20 hours per week.

The internship is integrated with the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship as NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits), and NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetic Practicum II (3 credits).

Rotations

The year-long dietetic internship maintains comparable rotations for all interns but there is greater emphasis in MNT or public health experiences, by concentration. Sample internship schedules are available for the Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration and the Public Health concentration below and within the current student handbook, which also is posted on the home page.

Interns within the MNT concentration complete the following rotations:

  • Orientation (1 week; 40 hours)
  • Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy (5 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • Ambulatory Orientation (1 week)
    • Diabetes Care (2 weeks)
    • Free Choice (2 weeks). Choose from the following: Preventive Cardiology, Abdominal Transplant, Surgical Weight Management, Digestive Health, Employee Wellness, Nutrition Clinics (Eating Disorders, Weight Management)
  • Clinical Research Unit (1 week; 32 hours)
  • Community Public Health and School Nutrition (5 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • County WIC program, Community health center, local school district, grocery stores
  • Food Systems Administration (6 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • Clinical Nutrition-Medical Nutrition Therapy (18 weeks; 32 hours per week)
      • Clinical Skills (1 week)
      • MNT Chronic (3 weeks)
      • MNT Acute (4 weeks)
      • Surgery (2 weeks)
      • Renal (2 weeks)
      • Critical Care (2 weeks)
      • Extended Care/Geriatric Nutrition (2 weeks)
      • Management (2 weeks)
    • Clinical Nutrition-Pediatrics (3 weeks; 32 hours per week)

    Total Hours: 1,256

    Interns within the Public Health concentration complete the following rotations:

    • Orientation (1 week; 40 hours)
    • Public Health (22 weeks; 20 hours per week )
    • County WIC program, Community health center, local school district, DHS, DPI
    • Food Systems Administration (9 weeks; 20 hours per week )
    • Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy (14 weeks; 32 hours per week )
    • MNT Chronic (2 weeks)
    • MNT Acute (2 weeks)
    • Surgery (2 weeks)
    • Pediatrics (2 weeks)
    • Critical Care (2 weeks)
    • Extended Care/Geriatric Nutrition (2 weeks)
    • Management (2 weeks)
    • Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy (6 weeks; 20 hours per week)
      • Diabetes Care (3 weeks)
      • Renal/Hemodialysis (3 weeks)

    Total Hours: 1,228

    Requirements of Program Completion

    • Completion of the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship (NS 650, 651, 652, 653, 670, 671).  The required courses for the online courses (NS 650, 651, 652, 653) were developed while considering the program learning goals and after identifying the specific set of skills needed by an advanced practice clinical nutritionist.
      • NS 650: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Critical Care and Nutrition Support (3 credits)
      • NS 651: Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics (3 credits)
      • NS 652: Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education (3 credits)
      • NS 653: Clinical Nutrition Research (3 credits)
      • NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits)
      • NS 671 Nutrition and Dietetic Practicum II (3 credits)
    • Students must remain in good academic standing:
      • Students must earn ≥ 3.00 GPA on all course work attempted for the certificate program.
      • Students receiving an Incomplete (I) grade are allowed the subsequent semester of enrollment to complete the coursework.
    • Completion of all ACEND-accredited rotation competencies at a satisfactory level as aligned with the grading system (NS 670 and NS 671), consistent with the achievement of performance for entry-level dietitians.
    • Completion of Internship projects at a required level of satisfaction:
      • Case Study Presentation
      • Journal Club Presentation
      • Professional behavior self-assessment, reflection and statement
      • E-Portfolio
      • Oral examination

    Dietetic interns must complete all requirements of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship and demonstrate satisfactory completion of ACEND program competencies prior to the signing of the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement.

    The online UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition is also available without the Dietetic Internship. It is designed for new graduates (prospective interns), current interns and experienced professionals seeking advanced clinical nutrition training. The Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition may increase your chances of matching to competitive internship programs. The courses earn full graduate credit, which students may subsequently use in relevant graduate/professional degree programs at UW-Madison and other institutions.

    Clinical Nutrition

    Dietetic Internship: Medical Nutrition Therapy Curriculum

    The 31-week clinical nutrition experience consists of many rotations staged to increase practice complexity. During these rotations, interns:

    • Screen patients for nutritional risk
    • Assess the nutritional status of patients with increasingly complex medical conditions
    • Apply the nutrition care process in real-life practice
    • Interpret laboratory data and learn medical terminology
    • Develop knowledge of disease states and procedures
    • Investigate the nutritional implications of drug therapy
    • Develop and implement nutrition care plans, enteral or parenteral
    • Function as members of intraprofessional health care teams
    • Serve as nutrition resources for health care professionals
    • Apply informatics knowledge and document in the electronic medical record
    • Counsel and educate patients and clients

    MNT rotations include four weeks in ambulatory care (two weeks focusing on diabetes care and two weeks of a free choice option), one week in clinical nutrition research, four weeks in pediatrics, and the remaining 22 weeks in a majority of inpatient rotations that emphasize the following areas: general medicine, cardiology, renal disease and dialysis, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, neurology, geriatric, critical care and organ transplant. Clinical nutrition management is also included within the MNT competencies with consideration to the intern’s placement preference.

    Why Learn at UW Health?

    • Highly trained preceptors

      UW Health registered dietitians and nutrition technicians provide integrated nutrition care in multiple settings. The majority of clinical dietitians and preceptors are Masters or PhD prepared. Our hospital supports the patient- and family-centered systems approach in treatment and education. A cooperative network is maintained between each patient and the members of his or her health care team in order to promote patient satisfaction as well as optimal outcomes.
    • Academic Health Care

      UW Health represents the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, American Family Children’s Hospital and UW Carbone Cancer Center. Our healthcare professionals are at the forefront of research, developing new treatments and training the next generation, and nutrition is no exception. Our shared vision: Working together, UW Health will be a national leader in health care, advancing the well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond.

      UW Hospital, with 566 beds, is part of the UW Health system, which also includes the UW Medical Foundation (physicians’ group); American Family Children’s Hospital; the UW Carbone Cancer Center; and UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The hospital is a major employer in Dane County and a Level I trauma center for both adults and children.
    • Variety of Medical Specialties

      U.S. News & World Report magazine has named University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics the top hospital in Wisconsin – and among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven medical specialties: nephrology, geriatrics, pulmonology, ear, nose and throat, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and gynecology. The magazine also named UW a high-performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. On April 8, 2013, the UW Health Digestive Health Center opened, creating the region’s finest multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic serving patients with diseases of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.
    • Informatics and Continued Learning

      Both intradepartmental and interdepartmental communication is enhanced through informatics. With an integrated suite of applications, the electronic medical record helps UW Health faculty and staff provide better, safer and more consistent care and more personalized service to patients. The UW Health intranet offers immediate access to valuable resources including searches for science-based articles, UW-Madison libraries and related instructional sessions, UW Health Academy resources (e.g., addressing quality improvement, leadership, communication) and much more. Accessing quality, science-based information is at your fingertips. The Clinical Nutrition Department provides access to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals.
    • Enhanced learning opportunities

      Intern curriculum includes completion of four special projects during the course of the internship.
      This includes an E Portfolio, development and oral presentation of a Clinical Case Study, a written evaluation of personal professional growth and participation in a mentored quality improvement project or science-based evidence project.

    Applying

    Application Process for the Medical Nutrition Therapy Concentration

    Apply to:

    • UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship by applying to be a special student. Be sure to specify the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and that it begins in the summer.
    • Complete the application found within the Dietectic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS), which includes but is not limited to:
      • Two references from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science, and one reference from a supervisor of work experience.
      • An unofficial copy of your GRE report should be submitted with your DICAS application. Please, attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment. This will be possible after the UW Health Dietetic Internship has been added to the list of programs that you are applying. This can be accomplished within the “Internship Program Designations” section of the application. Applicants are also requested to report their scores and percentiles within the “Tests” section of the application.
    • D&D Digital Computer Matching
    • If you are matched with the UW Health Dietetic Internship, you will then be invited to submit a formal online employment application to the organization.
    • Note that an application fee of $45 is required. Make checks out to: UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. Please send your application fee to:

      UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
      Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
      600 Highland Ave, F4/120
      Mail Code: 1510
      Madison, WI 53792

    Second-Round Selection for Spring Match MNT Concentration Applicants

    UW Health Dietetic Internship positions not filled during first-round match will be selected from applications and interviews that were reviewed by the program with the first-round match. This means that students who have applied and interviewed during the first-round matching process but, did not match to any program during the first round, will be given priority for a second round selection.

    • The program will reach out directly to any unmatched students who have previously applied to the program during the first round to begin the second-round selection. It is not necessary for students to contact the program to inquire about openings.
    • New applications to the program from students who have not previously applied to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program will be taken through DICAS if the program does not fill from first-round applications.
    • New applicants should apply to the program through DICAS, and must meet the application requirements as stated above, including application to the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship and reporting GRE test scores.

    Pre-Select Admission For UW-Madison Students Within the MNT Concentration

    The UW Health Dietetic Internship program offers a preselect option for a maximum of 5 slots annually. These slots are reserved for senior UW-Madison Dietetics students and Graduate students enrolled in the UW-Madison M.S. Clinical Nutrition degree program who wish to continue their education within the University of Wisconsin system and complete the dietetic internship after graduation.

    The application and admission process will be conducted during the fall semester annually. The application deadline is the last day of the Fall semester each year. Applicants will receive notification via email from the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection into the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program by January 28th each academic year. Once students accept an intern position in UW Health’s Dietetic Internship Program the next academic year their name is submitted to D&D Digital and that student is ineligible to participate in computer matching.


    Full acceptance is conditional on maintaining cumulative and major GPAs, as well as, graduation and DPD verification for graduating seniors. Once accepted, senior students must apply to UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship by applying to be a special student. Be sure to specify the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and that it begins the following summer.

    Pre-Select Application Process

    1. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Dietetic Internship’s Program Director or the DPD Coordinator during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.
    2. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as, key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.
    3. Take the GRE and add an unofficial copy of your GRE report to your DICAS application. Please, attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment.
    4. Sign a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement. A valid Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) at the UW-Madison. A valid verification statement stating successful completion of an accredited and approved DPD must be submitted before the applicant can enter the internship.
    5. Email the DICAS Application to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program’s Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.orgby the last day of the Fall semester.
    6. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet. A copy of final grades should be provided as they become available.
    7. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check and made out to UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, Registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.
    8. Mail transcripts, the Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement and application fee to:

      UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
      Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
      600 Highland Ave, F4/120
      Mail Code: 1510
      Madison, WI 53792 

    Pre-Select Admission For Wisconsin WIC Program Nutritionists Within the Public Health Concentration

    1. Complete the UW Health Dietetic Internship Readiness Survey.
    2. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Dietetic Internship’s Program Director and their WIC program manager during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the completed readiness survey and the application process.
    3. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.
    4. Take the GRE and add an unofficial copy of your GRE report to your DICAS application. Please attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment.
    5. Attach DPD Verification Statement. A valid Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) is required.
    6. Email the DICAS Application to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.org) when the application is complete.
    7. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet.
    8. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check and made out to UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.
    9. Mail transcripts, Verification Statement and application fee to:

      UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
      Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
      600 Highland Ave, F4/120
      Mail Code: 1510
      Madison, WI 53792

    Selection Criteria

    Application to the UW-Madison’s Capstone Certificate-Dietetic Internship Program requires successful completion of The Academy’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and fulfillment of the application process noted above.

    Interns are selected based on:

    • Scholastic achievement
    • Conceptual ability
    • Written and oral expression
    • Self-direction
    • Preparation
    • Work experience
    • Professional activities
    • Leadership abilities
    • Professional references
    • GRE scores (required)

    It is ideal that the personal narrative reflects such abilities. In the past, the students selected typically have a graduate GPA greater than 3.0 and paid work experience in clinical nutrition and/or food service experience.

    Admission Requirements

    All interns must meet the following core requirements before they formally begin the program:

    • Official college transcripts with posted degree and completion of all DPD coursework
    • Final verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD college
    • Official GRE score report
    • Completion of a formal online employment application to UW Hospitals and Clinics
    • Completion of a physical exam at Employee Health Services with proof of titers (blood tests) showing immunity.
    • Background Check
    • Fingerprinting, may be required by various rotation sites
    • Proof of health insurance. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or healthcare access to UW Hospitals and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable healthcare based on their current insurance plan.

    International Applicants

    Applicants must be either citizens of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the internship. UW Hospitals and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Dietetic Internship program.

    Dietetic Internship

    A Virtual Open House Presentation was held Nov. 9, 2020 – Watch the presentation

    Thank you for your interest in the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. The UW Health Dietetic Internship is established within the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison including the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics and UW School of Medicine and Public Health. UW Health is also home to American Family Children’s Hospital and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


    Contact Information
    Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services
    (608) 890-8528
    dietintern@uwhealth.org

    Handbook
    Dietetic Internship Handbook (pdf)


    About the Dietetic Internship Program

    You are ready to take the first step to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). To learn more about the path to become an RDN, visit The Academy’s Reference, 5 Steps to Become an RDN.

    UW Health has an incredible opportunity for you to explore. Our Dietetic Internship Program provides 20 top graduates with an invaluable educational experience of actively learning, gaining competency and providing remarkable healthcare in a patient- and family-centered environment at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

    Our internship offers four tracks with two concentrations: Medical Nutrition Therapy (Clinical) and Public Health, which is reserved for WIC Nutritionists within Wisconsin.

    The Dietetic Internship Program is a year-long practice experience under the supervision of passionate and knowledgeable preceptors who are leaders nationwide. The program allocates 32 hours each week to supervised practice experiences in the clinical, public health and food systems administration domains, with a concentration in medical nutrition therapy. The Public Health concentration permits part-time rotations of 20 hours each week for public health and food systems rotations.

    UW Health’s Dietetic Interns within the Clinical Concentration Experience:

    • Program Orientation
    • Pediatrics at American Family Children’s Hospital
    • Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy in chronic, acute, surgical, extended care and critical care settings.
    • The Clinical Research Unit
    • Public Health and School Nutrition
    • Food Systems Administration

    UW Health’s Dietetic Interns within the Public Health Concentration for WIC Nutritionists Experience:

    • Program Orientation
    • Pediatrics
    • Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy in chronic, acute, surgical, extended care and critical care settings.
    • Public Health in the Department of Health Services, Department of Public Instruction, WIC, School Nutrition
    • Public Health Research
    • Food Systems Administration

    All interns are also enrolled in the Capstone Certificate Program in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have the option of pursuing the UW-Madison Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition online degree.

    Program Outcomes

    The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program has provided interns with academic excellence in a clinical setting since 1953. The program has proven outcomes: 96 percent of students have passed their first attempt of the registration exam for registered dietitians and since 2009. To learn more about our program outcomes consider watching our Virtual Open House or referencing our current student handbook posted on this page.

    As a dietetic intern, you will acquire the skills necessary to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the nutrition profession. This is a comprehensive program in which dietetic interns actively learn and become competent in best-practice, patient- and family-focused nutrition care at a tertiary hospital providing all levels of medical care. The strength of this program lies in the high quality of knowledgeable preceptors providing supervised practice, usually within a one on one rotation experience. The overall learning experience is enhanced with graduate learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nutritional Sciences Department. Credits are transferable to degree earning programs.

    Accreditation

    The internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Upon successful completion of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship, graduates receive a Certificate of Program Completion and a Verification Statement of Dietetic Internship Completion, and are then eligible to take the Registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    The Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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