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UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital

Dietetic Internship

Contact Information

Dr. Karen Kritsch, PhD, RD

Program Director

(608) 263-8237

Frequently Asked Questions


Why do an internship at UWHC?

  • Education at its Finest
    The UWHC 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! UWHC 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 the University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospital 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 592 beds, is a Level One 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
    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 Hospital 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 contact Abigail Fischer via email at or by phone at (608) 263-8230.


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 Nutrition Student 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 from the Internship Director at no cost. Some books may be required with courses for which the intern enrolls.