Dietetic Internship

The Department of Nutrition, in cooperation with Continuing and Professional Education at UMass Amherst, offers the Dietetic Internship, a post-baccalaureate, supervised practicum program. Dietetic interns rotate among clinical, community, and food service sites in Massachusetts and southern Vermont. This experience provides dietetic interns with the supervised practice experiences necessary to be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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 prepared to become a registered dietician/nutritionist (RDN) and a licensed dietician/nutritionist (LDN) in the state of Massachusetts, or in any state where the intern lives and practices.

Our program provides individualized attention, as interns most often work one-on-one with their preceptors. Prior to the start of the program year, each intern is placed in a field site, gaining experience in a variety of nutritional care, foood service management, and community nutrition activities. In addition, interns meet one-three times per month for seminar and other academic and networking sessions. Several health-care facilities and other organizations 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. Interns are expected to have a reliable vehicle since considerable driving should be expected during the internship.

For more information, please see the Dietetic Internship's Policies and Procedures for the 2016-2017 academic year.


The UMass Dietetic Internship offers 2 tracks:

  • Track 1 is a 10 1/2-month certificate track for 10 full-time interns that provides 12-graduate credits. It begins in August and ends in June of the following year.
  • Track 2 is a 27-month track for 5 interns who work concurrently on an online MPH-N providing 44 graduate credits plus 12 DI-graduate credits. It begins in May and ends in August of the following year.


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.

The online MPH-N is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


Judy Dowd, MA, RDN, LDN
Department of Nutrition
University of Massachusetts
236 Chenoweth Laboratory
100 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9282
Phone: 413-545-1066
Fax: 413-545-1074

Benefits of a Dietetic Internship at UMass Amherst




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