Dietetic Internship Program

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 dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) and a licensed dietitian/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, food 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 2020-2021 academic year. Please contact program director Christy Maxwell at cmaxwell@nutrition.umass.edu with any questions.

2024 Graduate Degree Requirement: Registration Examination Eligibility

Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement to be approved for eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor's degree to a graduate degree. This decision was made by the Commission on Dietetic Registration based on the recommendations of the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report (2012).

Elevating entry-level RD requirements to the graduate degree is consistent with the level of education required to gain the knowledge, skills, and research base required in the field of nutrition and dietetics for entry-level practice and is necessary to protect the public. ACEND® accredited program directors may already be receiving inquiries from students and prospective students regarding this change.

Please refer to CDR's list of frequently asked questions, policy rationale, student scenarios and important deadlines.