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Dietetic Internship

The Winthrop University (WU) Department of Human Nutrition offers a highly competitive dietetic internship (DI) program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for those individuals seeking a career in the rapidly growing and high-demand field of nutrition and dietetics.

The mission of the Winthrop University Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare competent entry-level dietitians for entry into the profession by providing applied professional experiences, and to satisfy requirements for eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination for dietitians.
Upon successful completion of the DI program, the graduate receives the required verification statement necessary to sit for the national examination for registered dietitians in order to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN). This national examination is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the AND.

The Winthrop University Dietetic Internship provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in order to meet entry-level practice competencies. The program emphasis is on Nutrition Therapy in both inpatient and outpatient nutrition care practice. The program follows the university calendar for fall and spring semesters beginning with an orientation during the first week of fall semester (typically the third week in August) and concludes at the end of the spring semester (typically during the first week of May). This is approximately 36-37 consecutive weeks.

WU dietetic interns work under the supervision of outstanding practitioners from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, many of whom have active leadership roles within the region and profession. This internship is ideal for individuals who are capable of functioning independently and who demonstrate self-directed learning and leadership qualities.

For more detailed information please see the Application Checklist and "FAQ" links below. 

Some quick facts about the WU program:

  • Of the 2017 graduates seeking employment in dietetics, 100% were employed within 5 months of graduation.
  • For the class of 2017, interns achieved a 100% pass rate within 1 year of their first attempt of taking the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
  • 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.  
  • Interns complete selected assignments during the summer before spending an intensive one-week orientation at the beginning of the program. This is followed by 32 weeks of supervised practice, and then interns return to campus for a final week of activities including a two-day intensive review course.
  • 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, and food systems management. Additional exposure to venues such as long term care, school nutrition, wellness, business and consultation, food banks and/or renal dialysis clinics may also be included.
  • Interns complete rotations in facilities throughout South Carolina and in the Charlotte metropolitan area in North Carolina.
  • Interns participate in on-campus seminars at Winthrop, and actively participate in local dietetic association activities.
  • An on-campus RDN 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.
  • Dietetic-related volunteer or work experience prior to the internship is strongly encouraged, but not required, for the internship application/selection process in the spring.

NOTE: Visit these links to access specific information:


Graduate Admissions

Application Checklist for Internship

Application Deadline


Dietetic Internship Handbook

Early Acceptance/Preselect Option

Early Acceptance Option Checklist

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Financial Aid


Mission and Goals

Pathway to Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Requirements Including Program Completion

Selection Criteria


University Calendar

Program Expenses
(adjusted annually)


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