The Dietetic Internship begins each August and ends typically by the end of May. The program generally follows the academic calendar for fall and spring semesters with the exception of the introductory program meetings beginning the first week in August and the program wrap-up during the last week in May.
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 1200 hours of supervised practice. The program provides 1,385 hours of supervised practice. Interns have up to 53 weeks to complete the minimum 1,200 hours of supervised practice.
Part of one Monday per month is reserved for seminar class. Interns typically spend Monday through Friday (although occasional weekends and evenings may be required) at their designated supervised practice rotation for an average of 40 hours per week. Interns are made aware of their academic and supervised practice rotations a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of their first rotation. The academic calendar and rotations may vary slightly from year to year depending on facilities and fluctuating yearly calendar.