Specific Rotations


  • 10 weeks in primary clinical rotation (8 weeks of training and 2 weeks of staff relief);

  • 2 weeks in secondary clinical rotation (inpatient or outpatient setting);

  • 1 week in outpatient renal dialysis;

  • 2 weeks in pediatrics.

**Clinical rotations are located in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. The program does not have sites in northern Virginia.


  • 5 weeks in a variety of community nutrition organizations, food banks, farm-to-school programs, and/or University of Maryland's Campus Dining Sustainability;

  • 1 week in Clinical Long Term Care.

Food Service Management:

  • 6 weeks in a food service facility;

  • 3 weeks at University of Maryland Dining Services.

Information Management and Communication:

  • 7 weeks at USDA's FNS (Food Distribution Division, Child Nutrition/NETTA, Policy & Program Development Division and SNAP-Ed Connection), FHI-360, or International Food Information Council;

  • Training during monthly technology class days.


  • 2 weeks of orientation;

  • 2.6 weeks of vacation (0.6 weeks for Thanksgiving + last 2 weeks of December);

  • 1 week of elective rotation.

**Note: This program requires all interns to have a car as they will be commuting to sites by car throughout the metropolitan Baltimore-DC area. Public transportation is not available for many of the sites.