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Dietetic Internship Program

So you want to be an RDN … 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) or Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met criteria and earned the opportunity to continue to refer to themselves with an RD or RDN credential. Click here to see additional details on the department homepage of how to become an RD.

How can Marywood assist you on your professional journey?

We offer an Accredited Dietetic Internship Program through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Our program offers both an onsite or distance track.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics maintains a list of accredited Internships, which provide you additional options, but Marywood’s programs in Nutrition have a history dating back to it’s opening in 1915.

See Applying to an Internship Program for more information to learn how to increase your chances of getting accepted into an internship.


In 2017 Marywood University has been approved by the state of Pennsylvania to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  The benefit to interns is enhanced  overall quality of distance education. For more information on NC-SARA, please visit www.nc-sara.org.

The DI program director will attempt to honor all student placement agreement/contract requests however there may be instances when it is not possible to reach an agreement on the student placement agreement/contract that is acceptable to both parties which will require the intern to locate another facility.

We offer a Dietetic Internship program in three tracks:

  1. Onsite
  2. Distance 
  3. ISPP track - which is a distance option

Completion of all tracks will provide the verification statement that makes you eligible to take the registration exam.

Needed DI Forms can be found in the FORM section on the side bar.

Please note: Commission on Dietetic Registration changed the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from baccalaureate degree to minimum of a graduate degree


Marywood University's Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817

All Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited programs must meet certain basic requirements. One such requirement is that the Dietetic Internship Program (DI) clearly states its mission, goals, and expected program outcomes. This outcome data collected is used to maintain or improve the program effectiveness.


The mission of the Dietetic Internship (DI) program is to prepare future leaders of the Academy who have experience, competences and values necessary not only for successful entry into today’s job market but also needed for the possibilities for future specializations or academic studies. 

This intent supports the mission of the College of Health and Human Services to prepare graduate students "to respect individuality and exhibit flexibility for best collaborative practices in emerging health and human service needs in a multicultural, interdependent, global environment" together with the mission of Marywood University that "calls upon students to seek their full potential and invites all to engage in a lifelong process of learning."

Goals & Outcomes

Goal #1: The DI program will prepare high-quality registered dietitians for employment in entry-level positions.

1a. Eighty percent of students enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion which is 1.5 years (18 months).

1b. Over a five year period, > 70% of the program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of the program completion.

1c. Over a five-year period, the program graduates, which include the onsite, distance and ISPP track, will have an 80 % or above first time pass rate on the RD examination. 

1d. On the one-year post completion survey, 90% of the program graduates will indicate that they agree that they would recommend Marywood University's internship to others.

1e. Upon completion of the self-evaluation, > 90% of the Learning Outcomes will be selected as at least moderately effective generating a median value of > 3.0.

1f. On the post completion preceptors' survey, > 90% of the preceptors will state that the DI program compared favorably to other internship programs.

1g. 100% of the students will achieve a pass rate of > 80% on the programs final exam.

1h. On the one year post completion employer survey, 90% of the knowledge/skill area will have a mean value of 2.0 or greater.

Goal #2: The DI program will prepare dietetic professionals for expanded professional opportunities and/or for further academic studies.

2a. On the five year post program completion survey, 90% will be professionally employed or enrolled in an academic program.

2b. On the one and five year post program completion survey, 10% of the respondents will have demonstaed professional leadership by being involved in the Nutrition and Dietetics profession.

2c. 100% of the students will present an acceptable professional portfolio and a course binder after each completed rotation.

2d. 100% of the interns will develop and implement at least one health promotion/wellness program (such as a health fair, eating disorder education program, diabetes treatment, weight maintenance, etc.).


Program Outcome Data is available on request. Please contact the DI Program Director -- Stephanie Minkoff, MHSA, RDN,LDN at sminkoff@marywood.edu