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

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.


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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