Dietetic Internship Program

  • INTERNSHIP PREPARED HER FOR CAREER IN DIETETICS:  Lauren Srdoch feels prepared for her future in dietetics after following her IUP bachelor’s degree with the department’s graduate-level dietetics internship.

    Increase your credentials with a Dietetic Internship

    Accomplish the next step toward becoming a registered dietitian: complete the one-year IUP Dietetic Internship program while earning 18 graduate credits.

    This program is open to students who already have a bachelor's degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    The dietetic internship provides students with practice skills in clinical nutrition, management (food service and community), nutrition education, and nutrition intervention.

    Enroll for two more semesters online, and earn your MS in Food and Nutrition.

    Program Features

    • A 12-month dietetic internship with a concentration in Intervention and Community Education (ICE)
    • All interns meet the required ICE competencies by completing enrollments in the coursework and in the Intervention and Community Education rotations. The competencies that this concentration will help interns meet are to:
      • Refine public speaking skills, including formal, extemporaneous, and small group.
      • Interpret and incorporate current research in teaching pedagogy.
      • Provide nutrition education in the academic setting.
      • Create effective nutrition education messages which are likely to result in behavior change.
      • Develop an intervention program assessment, implementation, and outcomes evaluation plan.
      • Conduct counseling and education for patients/clients with complex needs.
    • An opportunity to complete Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics experiential requirements while earning graduate credits, and to subsequently complete a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition online
    • Located in the semi-rural community of Indiana, Pennsylvania, within commuting distance of Pittsburgh

    Contact the Program Director 

    Faith Bellinger, MS, RDN, LDN
    Phone: 724-357-4440
    E-mail: f.bellinger@iup.edu

     

    The Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    See the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to learn more about how to become a registered dietitian, including completing a bachelor's degree from accredited program, completing supervised practice experience through an accredited program, passing the national registration examination, and continuing professional education to maintain registration.