Dietetic Internship

Bitmoji of Our 2020-2021 Dietetic Interns

Front row from left (interns): Jennifer Rivera, Hannah Etman, Myranda Vig, Hannah Lundeen, Caitlyn Lazorka, Kerri Schumacher, Skylar Sites, Frances Miller, Rachel Eldering, Linh Nguyen, Madeleine Reinstein and Anna Ziegler. Back row from left (instructors): Megan Lautz, Kathleen Pellechia, Phyllis McShane and Lorraine Butler.  To learn more about the current class, visit 2020-2021 UMD Dietetic Internship Class to see intern bios. 

University of Maryland Open House Dates:

  • Monday, November 23, 2020         – 6-7 pm EST
  • Monday, December 7, 2020           – 8-9 pm EST
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020  – 3-4 pm EST
  • Tuesday December 29, 2020         – 4-5 pm EST
  • Wednesday January 6, 2021          – 8-9 pm EST
  • Thursday January 14, 2021            – 3-4 pm EST

Current interns will participate and all of these open houses will be held via UMD zoom.
RSVP to Phyllis McShane – pmcshane@umd.edu

Potential Applicants:

  • Class days - Potential Applicants are welcome to join some class days, which are generally held on Mondays (via zoom) in November, December and January. Contact Phyllis McShane – pmcshane@umd.edu

  • Informatics opportunities - Potential Applicants are also welcome to attend the lecture “Raising the Impact Factor of Dietitians: Opportunities in Nutrition and Health Informatics” on November 16th at 9 am EST. Contact Phyllis McShane – pmcshane@umd.edu

The University of Maryland (UMD) Dietetic Internship uses 10 different supervised practice rotations to provide both strong clinical and community training.  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 $8,300 plus personal expenses. The 2020-2021 class will consist of 12 selected interns. The program will participate in the April 2020 computer match.

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 Fall 2024.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require 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.

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