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Department of Human Nutrition

Dietetic Internship

The Department offers a competitive dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics or ACEND for men and women desiring a professional career in the rapidly growing field of nutrition and dietetics. The Winthrop University (WU) dietetic internship provides a 1200-hour supervised program with an emphasis in nutrition therapy, for both inpatient and outpatient care. Interns in the WU dietetic internship complete rotations during the fall and spring semesters in the Carolinas over a 36 week timeframe. Interns work with outstanding practitioners with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, many of whom have active leadership roles in the region. This internship is ideal for individuals who can work independently and are self-directed learners. For more detailed information please see the Application Checklist and "FAQ" links below. 

Some quick facts about the WU program:

  •  The average first-time pass rate on the RDN exam for the classes of 2010 - 2014 was 95.7%.                    
  •  Of the 2015 internship graduates seeking employment in dietetics, 94% were employed within six months.                     
  • "Nutrition Therapy" (for both inpatients and outpatients) is the emphasis/concentration of the WU Internship Program.                                       
  • Stephanie Nielsen is Director of the Dietetic Internship Program (DI) at Winthrop.  
  • Winthrop DI is 36-week program, of which one week is for Orientation and 30 weeks involve hands-on experiences.
  • Each intern receives two personal days, a Thanksgiving holiday and a two-week winter break.
  • Each intern is scheduled for rotations, which include inpatient nutrition therapy, outpatient counseling/clinics, food systems management and exposure to venues such as LTC, school nutrition, wellness, food banks and/or renal dialysis clinics.
  • Interns complete rotations in facilities throughout South Carolina and in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Kannapolis metropolitan area in North Carolina.
  • Interns participate in monthly seminars at Winthrop.
  • An RDN exam review class is included and required at the end of the program.
  • Interns earn six hours of graduate credit toward the M.S. in Human Nutrition at Winthrop upon completion of the program.
  • The Winthrop internship program starts with assignments in August and ends around the first week of May.
  • Dietetic-related volunteer or work experience prior to the internship is encouraged, but not required, for the internship application/selection process in the spring.

NOTE: see links below photo to access specific information

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Application Checklist for Internship

Application Deadline

Dietetic Internship Handbook (pdf - 259 KB)


Early Acceptance/Preselect Option

Early Acceptance Option Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Financial Aid


Mission Statement and Goals

Program Expenses


Selection Criteria



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