The Department of Nutrition, in cooperation with Continuing and Professional Education at UMass Amherst, offers the Dietetic Internship, a 10 1/2-month, post-baccalaureate, supervised practicum program. Dietetic interns rotate among clinical, community, and food service sites in western and central Massachusetts. This experience provides dietetic interns with the practical skills necessary to become Registered Dietitians.
Our program provides individualized attention, as interns most often work one-on-one with their preceptors. Interns spend a minimum of 24 hours per week in a field site, gaining experience in a variety of nutritional care, food service management, and community nutrition activities. In addition, interns meet two-three times per month for seminar and other academic and networking sessions. Many health-care facilities and other organizations within a 60-mile radius of Amherst cooperate with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to provide the experiences necessary to meet all the required competencies. Most of the intern's time is spent at the field sites, with only a small portion of time spent at the University itself.
The Dietetic Internship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). In order to successfully complete the Dietetic Internship, interns are expected to meet all the specific competencies established by ACEND for each rotation.
Graduates are prepared to translate nutritional science into information that patients/clients can use to adopt positive lifestyle choices and to proactively engage in self-management of chronic diseases. Each graduate of the UMass Amherst Dietetic Internship is encouraged to become a registered dietitian (RD) and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) in the state of Massachusetts, or in any state where the intern lives and practices.
Our program accepts up to 10 interns per year. For more information, contact Judy Dowd, Director of the Dietetic Internship Program.