Dietetic Internship

Bitmoji image of 2020-2022 Internship Class

Front row from left (interns): Candice, Jen, Zoe, Felix, Meredith, Anna, Erica, Anamarie, Olivia, Cierra, Jerrick and Brandy. Back row from left (instructors): Lorraine Butler, Kathleen Pellechia, Phyllis McShane and Megan Lautz.

Welcome to our current class. To learn more about all of the current interns, visit our 2021-2022 UMD Dietetic Internship Class bio page.

University of Maryland will hold three Open Houses via zoom. Please RSVP to Phyllis McShane to participate. The Open Houses will be held on the following Mondays beginning at 3PM EST:

  • November 15, 2021
  • December 13, 2021
  • January 10, 2022

The University of Maryland (UMD) Dietetic Internship uses 10 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:                    

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 2021-2022 class will consist of 12 selected interns. The program will participate in the April 2021 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 August-December 2024. The UMD dietetic internship is accredited through December 31, 2025.

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: 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