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Uwhc Dietetic Internship Personal Statement

Developed through a partnership among the UW–Madison, UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC), and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the  Dietetic Internship Certificate Program incorporates online advanced graduate-level courses in nutrition with supervised practice at our teaching hospital.

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 12 interns.

The internship includes one week of orientation with emphasis on health system informatics, 18 weeks of Clinical Nutrition–Medical Nutrition Therapy, three weeks of Clinical Nutrition–Pediatrics, four weeks of Clinical Nutrition–Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy, one week of Clinical Nutrition–Research Theory, six 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 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.

Further detail about the program, including tuition and costs, is available at the Clinical Nutrition: Dietetic Internship website.


The program accepts 12 interns each year, who start in the summer term.  For details regarding the selection process, the program website should be consulted: UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship. The following are the basic requirements:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, as well as ACEND-accredited coursework requirements
  • Have taken the GRE
  • Have paid work experience in clinical nutrition and/or food service
  • Thoroughly review the Dietetic Internship Application Process
  • Be either a citizen of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the internship; UW Hospital and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Dietetic Internship Certificate program
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for contact information for state licensing boards.

Application steps: 

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students, including capstone certificate student. However, the department offering the capstone certificate program makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials.

Step 1: Complete an online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Clinical Nutrition–Dietetic Internship. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the specific capstone certificate coordinator.  

Step 2: Apply to DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System, by the posted deadline.  Additional application materials include two academic letters of reference  (ideally from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science), one professional letter of reference from a supervisor who can comment on relevant work experience, a complete set of official transcripts for all institutions attended, a statement of reasons for post-baccalaureate studies, and a résumé or curriculum vitae.

Step 3: Register and participate in computer matching to D&D Digital Systems. Please note that D&D charges a fee for the computer matching process.  If the match is with the UW Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship, an invitation will be sent to submit a formal online employment application.

For assistance with steps 2 or 3 of the application process, contact the UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition–Dietetic Internship.   Notification timeline is provided on the website. 


Admitted students receive a formal letter of admission to UW–Madison from Adult Career and Special Student Services along with general enrollment information.

The Dietetic Internship Progrram will send an email to admitted students with specific information pertaining to enrollment in and completion of the capstone program. 

Additional detail is provided on the ACSSS enrollment page. 

Students will learn the following:

  • Apply the study of metabolic demands of critical illness and how these alterations influence the nutritional needs of critical care patients
  • Develop techniques for counseling and education for in-patient and out-patient care
  • Assess research articles and solve clinical nutrition problems using research and analysis

Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship, students are eligible for the Registered Dietician exam and for employment and may continue on to  graduate school.

Admissions & Program Requirements

The dietetic internship is for students who have successfully completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (Accredited by ACEND) and a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree.  A GPA of 3.0 is required to be competitive with a minimum of "B" in dietetics courses. Selection is based on academics, personal statement, experiences, and letters of recommendation.

The internship is a full-time program requiring 1200+ hours of supervised practice. All rotations are planned by the program except for a two week specialty rotation which the intern plans. Students are required to take and successfully pass two graduate courses in the fall semester:
  • AH 5350. Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
    Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics; instructor consent required.
    Provides student with advanced nutrition therapy information for the effective treatment of complex medical problems. Emphasizes all aspects of the nutrition care process as it relates to medical conditions. The research regarding the physiological, pathological and metabolic basis for nutrient modifications will be emphasized.
  • AH 5351. Contemporary Nutrition Issues and Research
    Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics; instructor consent required.
    Critical thinking and application of research to contemporary issues in food and nutrition applied to clinical nutrition and community/public health nutrition. Learning occurs through classroom discussions, self-exploration through reading and applying scientific studies to issues, and participation in a research project.
No degree is granted. 

Application Process
  • Spring match
  • Participates in the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be found at, email:
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Applicants must also register for Spring Computer Match online for computer matching at, D & D Digital Systems, Suite 301, 304 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010, (515) 292-0490, email:, and select dietetic internship priority choices by February 15. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.
  • Submit the supplemental application and $70 application fee (make check payable to Dietetics Program - University of Connecticut); mail to Dietetics Program, Department of Allied Health Sciences, c/o Jessica Massey, University of Connecticut, 358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101, Storrs, CT 06269-2101

(To print the Internship Application checklist, click here)