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Dietetic Internship

Our current 2023-2024 intern, Addison, and Juno!

 

Information for the 2024-2025 Application Cycle For the 2025-2026 Cohort

The UMCP Dietetic Internship utilizes the Dietetics Inclusive Centralized Application Service (DICAS) for prospective interns to apply.  The UMD DICAS application will open on August 5, 2024 to begin applying for the 2025-2026 cohort.

September 2024-December 2024 - UMD will be hosting 4 virtual open houses ahead of the application deadline. Please RSVP to Anyea Lovette for zoom links. Please check back soon for dates/times!

January 15, 2025 - Deadline for submitting your DICAS application and supplemental application for consideration for the 2025-2026 cohort.

Late January/Early to mid-February, 2025  - Interviews will be held via Zoom with the UMCP Dietetic Internship Admissions Committee and select applicants.

Mid- to late-February, 2025The UMCP Dietetic Internship Admissions Committee will decide which students to offer a seat.

On or before March 1, 2025 (Decision Notification)- The UMCP Dietetic Internship Admissions Committee will notify prospective interns of their decision.

On or before March 15, 2025 (Student decision required) – Students will need to provide the program with their decision to accept or decline the seat on or before March 15, 2025.

Program details are available at: https://nfsc.umd.edu/undergraduate/programs/dietetic-internship

The University of Maryland (UMD) uses ten diverse supervised practice rotations to provide both strong clinical and community training. Food Service rotations explore “food as medicine” in hospitals, Farm2School and school settings. UMD utilizes technology/nutrition informatics to become more efficient in practice, extend our reach to new clients/groups, and enhance our digital proficiency. Nutrition Informatics is the intersection of information, nutrition, and technology.  Source: http://www.himss.org/library/nutrition-informatics          

Program Sponsors

  • The University of Maryland College Park
  • Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  • University Dining Services

The University of Maryland College Park Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) sponsors a Dietetic Internship with an emphasis in Information Management and Communication/Nutrition Informatics. This 44-week full time program is located in the Baltimore-Washington area. The tuition cost is $8,550 plus personal expenses. The 2025-2026 class will consist of up to 12 selected interns.

The University of Maryland College Park Dietetic Internship has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) [formerly CADE], 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. 1-312-899-0040 ext. 5400.  Upon successful completion of the Internship program, the intern will be eligible to complete the Registration Examination sponsored by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Upon successful passage of the Registration Examination, graduates receive the RD credential and are eligible to apply for licensure in Maryland, the District of Columbia and all other states. Licensure is mandatory for dietetics and clinical dietetics practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The next ACEND accreditation review is scheduled for December 2024. The UMD dietetic internship is accredited through December 31, 2025.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at the University of Maryland are eligible to to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

“While state interpretations of statutes may vary, it is ACEND's considered opinion that the program meets the educational requirements for dietetics licensure and certification in all states. However, completing an ACEND-accredited academic program alone does not qualify an individual for licensure or certification as a dietitian in any state. Individuals should review their state's licensing statutes and regulations to understand the specific requirements, including supervised practice and examinations, needed to obtain a dietetics license. More information about state licensure and certification can be found at this link: State Licensure.”

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 
http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND 
Email: acend@eatright.org