Dietetic Internship Mission

Take the next step to creating a successful career as a registered dietitian! Mount Mary University’s internship program prepares competent, creative, analytical entry-level dietitians with the agility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and excel as socially-minded, evidence-based practitioners in a variety of settings.


Program Features

  • Nine-month program beginning mid-August to mid-May
  • Budget-friendly – earn half of a MS in Dietetics degree (18 credits) during the internship program, and complete the 37-credit Master of Science in Dietetics degree on-campus or on-line after taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians
    • Complete the degree in a time frame that fits your need – up to 6 years
    • Half of past interns report obtaining employer tuition reimbursement to help pay for their degree
  • Individualized rotations according to your interests, including an elective rotation in a specialty or high-interest area
  • Bi-weekly class meetings provide opportunity to converse with guest speakers, collaborate, share experiences and reflect on insights
  • On-line or in-person evening graduate courses in intern’s areas of interest expand knowledge base and allow application of information during rotations
  • Concentration in disease prevention and health promotion challenges interns to promote health in every practice setting
  • Financial aid and federal student loan deferment is available for eligible graduate students enrolled at least half time each semester.

Complete MS in Dietetics degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF).

Program Schedule

  • Full-time program beginning mid-August and ending mid-May
  • 3-week orientation that incorporates disease prevention, health promotion activities in the community
  • 14-15 weeks of medical nutrition therapy, 5-6 weeks of community nutrition, 8-9 weeks of food service management, and 4-5 weeks of elective rotation
  • Graduate courses one or two nights a week online or on campus each semester, depending on intern course interests
  • Four or five days at practice sites each week with one day of class every other week
  • Five-day weekend at Thanksgiving, two-week winter break and several 3-4 day weekends spring semester provide time to rejuvenate

The next program begins August 12, 2021 and ends May 19, 2022. For a copy of the Mount Mary University Academic Calendar click here.

Part-time employment
Part-time employment is possible during the internship, but work hours should be limited and must fit around the internship program schedule.

Concentration Highlights

Disease prevention and health promotion activities are incorporated into each rotation and included in orientation and class activities. The types of services vary each year. Examples include:

  • Creating recipes with assistance from local chefs for our website and posts for our Healthy Shelves Facebook page
  • Developing instructional videos and handouts for Special Olympics Wisconsin and other organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Screening food pantry clients for diabetes and hypertension and providing nutrition education and referral information
  • Conducting a 9-week nutrition and physical activity program for older adults

Program Completion Requirements

Interns who successfully complete all rotations and assignments (1200 supervised practice hours), pay all fees, complete all administrative paperwork, and attend and pass all classes are issued a verification statement to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

MS Degree Completion

After completing the internship program and become a registered dietitian nutritionist, the Master of Science in Dietetics can be completed full-time or part-time, and either fully online or partially online. Only 19-21 additional credits (project vs. thesis) are required after completing your internship to earn your master’s degree at Mount Mary.

Program Accreditation

Mount Mary’s internship meets the supervised practice requirement for eligibility to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Program applicants must complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and earn at least a bachelor’s degree before beginning the program. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides detailed information about the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5500.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website. CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in programs(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Individuals who would like to complete a graduate degree may wish to consider Mount Mary’s Master of Science in Dietetics degree.