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Dietetic Internship

Contact Information

Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services

(608) 890-8528



Dietetic Internship Handbook (pdf)

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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. UW Hospitals and Clinics is an acute care teaching institution, nationally recognized in many areas of medical care.


About the Dietetic Internship Program


The UW Health Dietetic Internship participates in DICAS and D&D Digital Computer Matching in the Spring cycle and this is also coordinated with separate application to the UW-Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship. The UW Health Dietetic Internship incorporates online advanced nutrition graduate level coursework in the form of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program is a 39-week supervised practice experience consisting of clinical supervised practice and advanced nutrition learning. The Dietetic Internship program has a medical nutrition therapy concentration. The program accepts 15 interns.


The internship includes one week of orientation, 18 weeks of Clinical Nutrition-Medical Nutrition Therapy, three weeks of Clinical Nutrition-Pediatrics, five weeks of Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy, one week of Clinical Nutrition-Research Theory, five weeks of Community Nutrition: Public Health and School Nutrition and six weeks of Food Systems Administration. A minimum of 32 hours per week are spent in supervised practice during the Fall and Spring semesters. Extra time may be required to complete curriculum projects.


The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program has provided interns with academic excellence in a clinical setting since 1953.


Program Outcomes


Since 2011, 100 percent of students have eventually passed the registration exam for registered dietitians and 97 percent of students have passed on their first attempt over the last five program years. Additionally, many program graduates have completed advanced degrees.


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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Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400