Dietetic Internship

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The UW-Stout Dietetic Internship prepares you for entry-level practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). We provide a wide variety of experiences in community nutrition, food service management, and clinical nutrition. 

  • Meet your fellow interns at orientation in August.
  • Begin your supervised practice at community and public health locations. We send our interns to Aging and Disability Resource Centers, UW Extension, Women Infant and Children, and more! 
  • Develop important food service management skills by working with preceptors in both school and hospital food settings.
  • Emphasis on patient-centered care in clinical nutrition rotations, including long-term care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Refine your skills during a 1-week rotation choosing your location and area of emphasis.

Program Overview


Program Overview: Internship Philosophy & Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Stout Dietetic Internship is committed to providing a high-quality program that is recognized as an excellent model for the preparation of entry-level dietitians through an innovative and supportive supervised practice. The program seeks to provide opportunities for interns to develop, integrate and practice core competencies needed for entry-level dietitians as well as additional emphasis area competencies to fulfill our emphasis on nutrition throughout the life cycle. The Dietetic Internship supports UW-Stout's and the UW System's mission of developing human resources, developing students’ heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities, technological expertise, a sense of value, purpose and to serve society.

Program Outcome data is available upon request.

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Internship Goals & Objectives


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Goal 1

Prepare graduates to be highly qualified entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who can practice in a variety of settings.

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 1.25 years (13.5 months).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR dietitian credentialing exam within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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%.
Goal 2

Goal 2
Prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with knowledge and skills in “Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle”

  • Over a five-year period, 90% of responding employers will agree (yes/no) that the graduate exhibited the knowledge and skills to perform as a competent entry-level RDN at the time of employment.
  • Over a five-year period, 90% of responding preceptors will agree (yes/no) that the graduate exhibited the knowledge and skills to perform as a competent entry-level RDN by the end of their rotation.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Our Dietetic Internship is a stand-alone non-degree supervised practice experience. Successful completion of our Dietetic Internship Program helps prepare you to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.


Steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Completion of a master's degree (at minimum) from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college. UW Stout offers an MS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree program.
  • Completion of accredited DPD coursework as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. DPD coursework can be completed through the UW Stout Dietetics Program. Successful completion of our undergraduate program in Dietetics will result in receipt of a verification statement. With the receival of the verification statement, you are eligible to apply for an accredited Dietetic Internship program in pursuit of becoming a RDN.
  • Completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. This is where we come in, UW Stout Dietetic Internship Program!
  • Pass the national credentialing exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are required to obtain 75 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every 5 years to maintain the RDN credential. For more information about becoming credentialed and maintaining credentials, please visit the CDR website.

After obtaining your RDN credential, you may wish to pursue state licensure. This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets the requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. Please refer to the State Authorization & Professional Licensure page for additional information.

Internship Accreditation

UW-Stout's Dietetic Internship is ACEND Accredited

The University of Wisconsin-Stout Dietetic Internship is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements

Dietetics Internship Program Admission Requirements

Admission into the UW-Stout Dietetic Internship Program requires a minimum of the following:

  • Concurrent enrollment in the MS Nutrition and Dietetics Program or completion of a related graduate degree from an accredited university; intent of completion degree paperwork will be accepted.
  • Verification of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from an approved/accredited undergraduate program.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale; GPA 3.0 or above in professional courses.
  • Recent relevant work experience beyond that required for course requirements (may be either paid or volunteer).
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy course(s) completed no more than four years prior to the application to the UW-Stout Dietetic Internship.


UW-Stout Dietetic Internship Group

Qualities of a Good Internship Candidate

  1. Leadership experience, such as holding a position in a school dietetic organization or other volunteer organization.
  2. Work experience beyond that required for course requirements, especially in nutrition and food service, is very helpful. Also, experience in community or public health is beneficial.
  3. Volunteer experience or independent work in a dietetics-related area.
  4. Professional skills, such as communication, multitasking (being able to manage many responsibilities, such as work, school, and extracurricular activities) and a good relationship with faculty and employers.
  5. Self-motivation is another important quality.

Admission Process


Dietetic Internship Admission Process & Deadlines

The internship application process requires two steps:


Step 1: Apply to the DICAS System

The Dietetic Internship program is using DICAS, the online centralized internship application, which may be accessed in early December for the spring match. 

Vist the DICAS website

The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. (CT) by the mid-February deadline set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application. There are no additional application fees for the UW Stout Dietetic Internship.

Applicants interested in completing the internship locally (within 200 miles of Menomonie, most within 35 miles) with UW-Stout affiliated sites, the schedule will be set by the internship director. No supplemental forms are needed.

If you would like to set up your rotations outside of our local area, you are responsible secure your own sites and preceptors. At least one community and one clinical site must be secured by the DICAS application deadline. The remaining sites and preceptors must be secured by June 1. The following forms must be submitted with the DICAS application by uploading to the supplemental column in the Internship Program Designation area. The core rotations can be found under the Internship rotations link. Please be aware that the monthly required seminar is still held in-person on the UW-Stout campus.

View Internship Rotations Schedule
View the Site and Preceptor Form

View the Preceptor Qualification Form

Selection Decisions

Ranking decisions are made by majority vote of the Internship Admissions Committee. In the event of a tie vote, input from precepting Registered Dietitians will be sought, and if necessary, after consultation, the vote of the preceptors will be the tie-breaking vote.

March 1, 2025: Applicant notification due date (last date to notify applicant).

March 15, 2025: Applicant decision due date (last date for applicant to accept an offer).

Second-Round Match Requirements

In the event that the program does not fill all openings in the first round match, students applying for the second match must submit all required documents through the DICAS website. Applications will be accepted beginning when 2nd round match opens and will close when all positions have been filled. Qualified applicants will be invited after committee review.

Step 2: Complete CI Certificate Application

Once a match is accepted to the dietetics internship program, complete the CI Certificate application in order to register for the 15 total credits in FN-865 Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Management: 6 credits in the fall, 3 credits in winterm, and 6 credits in the spring. Applications must be completed by August 1, before the start of the internship.

View the CI Certificate Application

Academic & Program Calendar


Academic & Program Calendar

The Dietetic Internship begins each August and ends typically by the end of April. The program generally follows the academic calendar for fall and spring semesters with the exception of the orientation meetings beginning the last week in August and the program wrap-up during the last week in April. It is the expectation that interns will follow their preceptor’s work schedule. The program calendar includes 12 scheduled holidays, including Labor Day (one day), Thanksgiving, (one day) and two weeks (10 days) for Christmas/New Year’s per internship schedule. The calendar also includes five personal days for each intern. To graduate and be eligible to sit for the credentialing registration exam (RDN exam) interns must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice. Interns have up to 53 weeks to complete the minimum 1,000 hours of supervised practice. Interns will meet at least one time per month for FN-865 class, referred to as “Seminar.” Interns typically spend Monday through Friday (although occasional weekend and evenings may be required) at their designated supervised practice rotation for an average of 40 hours per week. Interns are made aware of the seminar schedule and supervised practice rotations a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of their first rotation. The rotations vary from year to year, dependent on facilities and fluctuating yearly calendar.

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Introductory Meeting/Preceptor ReceptionSpring/Summer
Orientation program meetingLast week in August/First Week Septemebr
Rotations StartSecond full week of September
Seminar class (FN 865)As Scheduled
Holiday Break3rd week of December – 1st week of January
Wrap up meeting/End of InternshipEnd of April, or End of August if concurrently enrolled in MS Nutrition and Dietetics



Estimated Expenses

Program Costs

Estimated Fees 2024-2025Cost
Internship Program (15 CI- graduate credits)$7260 ($484/credit)
Median Rent Cost Per Month for On-Campus Housing/Housing in the Menomonie area$500
Student Health Insurance Plan through UW-Stout or other health insurance plan$1,400-$1,500
Liability Insurance (with required AND student membership)$50-$90
Laboratory Coat$40 (varies)
Background Check$33
Student Membership to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (2024-2025)$58
TransportationInterns are responsible for their own reliable transportation and all associated costs.
State AND Conference$150 (plus hotel and transportation costs)
Medical Exam, Tests and ImmunizationsCosts vary


Cost of Graduate Credits & More

Cost of Graduate Credits

Interns enroll as non-degree seeking students and therefore are not eligible to receive financial aid through UW-Stout. Interns are allowed to seek personal loans to pay for tuition costs of the internship. Interns are eligible for loan deferments during the internship program. All tuition and fees noted below are subject to change without notice. Interns will be required to register for 15 credits: 6 in Fall, 6 in Spring, and 3 in Summer. You may choose to pay the entire fee for credits at the time of registration or can choose to follow the payment plan set by UW-Stout. For more information go to the Student Business Services website. UW-Stout graduate students who plan on completing our internship program are eligible to apply for up to $4000 in scholarships to help cover internship expenses. See the Foundation Scholarships for more details.

Transportation Costs

Interns are responsible for their own reliable transportation. Costs of maintaining a vehicle and expenses from driving to sites are also the responsibility of the intern. Costs will vary depending on the distance to each site and could be substantial depending on the different rotation sites for each intern. All interns are expected to arrive in a timely manner for all activities associated with the rotations and the internship in general. This includes attendance to professional meetings and required workshops and conferences. Therefore, the cost of transportation should be factored into the total cost of the program.

Housing Costs

Interns are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing costs. Interns may choose to live where they desire. See the University Housing website for information on current university housing if living in the Menomonie area.

Health Insurance

All interns will need to show proof of health insurance prior to starting the internship. The health insurance must be for the entire internship year (August – May). Cost of health insurance is the intern’s responsibility. As a graduate student at UW-Stout, you would be able to buy health insurance through the university if you are not covered by your parents or spouse.

Professional Liability Insurance

Interns are required to have proof of professional liability insurance prior to starting rotations. Interns are responsible for buying the liability insurance. The insurance needs to cover the entire internship year (August – May). As a member of AND, this insurance is available through Proliability at, and is endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

State AND Conference

Interns will attend their state’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference. The conference is typically held in April and is two days long. The cost of registration for the conference will vary. Interns are also responsible for hotel and transportation costs to attend the conference. Interns will register for the conference on their own when registration becomes available.

Background Check

All interns will need to have a background check completed prior to starting the internship. All rotation sites require this to work in their facility. If your preceptor requires a copy of your background check, the DI program will provide it to the preceptor. If the facility requires a drug screening prior to beginning rotation, the intern must comply. If the facility requires fingerprinting prior to beginning rotation, the intern must comply. To complete the background check go to The cost is ~$33.

Medical Exams, Tests and Immunizations

All interns must have a physical exam conducted within nine months prior to the start of the internship and provide a written statement from the licensed health care professional attesting to the condition of the intern’s health. Interns must also provide proof of the immunizations and tests that fulfill the requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the CDC guidelines, and the affiliation agreements between the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the supervised practice sites. Required immunizations and tests include these and may also include others:

  • Covid vaccination to meet current CDC guidelines
  • Two-step TB test to be completed within three months prior to the start of the internship. The intern must provide documentation detailing both test dates, as well as the signed and dated 72-hour readings for both.
  • MMR
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis B (entire series to be completed prior to beginning internship)
  • Flu shot to be administered when the current vaccine, covering internship year, is available



Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

Completion of the Dietetic Internship Program and Verification Statements


Requirements for Dietetic Internship Completion

Completion of the Dietetic Internship requirements must be satisfactorily completed before the ACEND verification statement is provided. For successful completion of the DI program, the following must be met:

  • Successful completion of all internship rotations. Performance and successful completion are informed through formative and summative evaluation by preceptors, the internship director/coordinator, and the intern.
    • Completion of 1000 hours
    • Completion of all assignments and projects with a satisfactory rating
    • Completed evaluation forms
  • Graduate-level performance in seminar activities. The internship seminar is conducted as a classroom course. Evaluation techniques that are common to classroom formats are employed. For example, interns may be evaluated on case study presentations, responses to written questions, ability to articulate site and internship expectations and experiences, papers and examinations.
  • A strong e-portfolio rating. Interns develop a formative portfolio during each site experience. The electronic portfolio is planned with preceptor input. Examples of appropriate portfolio items include case studies, chart notes and assessments, handouts or summaries from conferences and continuing education programs attended, nutrition education materials developed or modified, results of evaluations, special projects or tasks (e.g., menu analysis or development), quality improvement activities, reports or contributions to facility reports, and intern-centered goals.
  • Successful performance on practice exams. Our internship provides you with access to a credentialling exam preparation course. Minimum score of “proficient” in each practice domain is required prior to taking the RDN exam.
  • For those students who do not have a master’s degree awarded at admission, a verification statement will not be granted until all supervised practice requirements are completed, and the graduate degree is awarded. A graduate degree is awarded after successful completion of the 30 course credits of our MS Nutrition and Dietetics program.
  • Assessment of Prior Learning or Competence. Credit for prior learning/competence can be granted for individuals who have documentation from a recent (within 2 years) ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship Program. Please work with your previous internship director to submit all assessment documents from your former experience. Up to 500 experiential learning hours will be accepted based on the Internship Director and Coordinator evaluation of your documents. The evaluation of your submitted documents will inform a plan for successful completion of the UW Stout Dietetic Internship.

The internship director provides five verification statements to the graduating intern and sends documentation to The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) informing the CDR that internship requirements have been met. A copy of the verification statement, length of rotations documenting a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice, and other documentation will be kept in the intern’s file.

During the conclusion of the internship, the intern is given information to assist in the online Registration Eligibility application process.

Applying to Take the Registration Examination

All candidates approved as examination eligible automatically receive an authorization to test email from Pearson VUE, the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s testing vendor. This email will explain the process to schedule your exam and create login credentials for Pearson VUE’s website. If you have not received your authorization to test email within 48 hours of receiving your CDR eligibility email, please contact Pearson VUE customer service at 888-874-7651. Candidates who established eligibility previously must request reauthorization to test. Candidates must contact the Commission on Dietetic Registration by email ( or online at to request examination reauthorization.

Once eligibility to test has been certified by CDR, candidates will receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson VUE. The Authorization to Test email contains a personal CDR Candidate ID and dates of initial authorization. It also includes instructions regarding creating an account with Pearson VUE and the web address where the exam may be scheduled. A copy of this email should be kept in a secure location.

State Licensure/Certification

Once the intern has passed the RDN exam, the intern must then complete paperwork to become either licensed or certified in the state in which they plan to pursue employment. Each state requires different forms for this submission. It is best for each individual intern to research their state’s requirements. This information can be found on the state’s regulations and licensing website. For the state of Wisconsin, the intern will submit paperwork to the internship program for proof of supervised practice hours. More information can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website.