For successful completion of the DI Program and to receive a verification statement, the following requirements must be met:
- Interns must be enrolled full-time in the U of M DI Program and complete all requirements within one year of the start date. Extensions beyond 12 months may result in re-applying to the program and paying program fee again. Refer to the Leave of Absence policy if a leave of absence is required.
- Successful completion of all rotations. Successful completion of each rotation will be determined by the preceptor for that rotation and by the Internship Director. It will be based on attendance and the learning accomplished in that rotation. In the case of rotations with multiple preceptors, a joint decision by all the preceptors will be made. Successful completion will also depend upon:
- Satisfactory and timely completion of assignments, projects, case studies, or any other assigned task(s).
- An evaluation form completed for rotations, signed by the preceptor, intern and the Internship Director. Preceptors will determine if the intern has passed a rotation or needs to repeat a rotation. If an intern is required to extend or repeat a rotation, it will be done at the convenience of the preceptor(s). Furthermore, due to challenging circumstances securing sites and preceptors, the original schedule may be modified, with alternative sites/experiences utilized. Successful completion is based on passing every rotation. Repetition of rotations may result in a delay in graduation from the program.
- All interns will prepare and present track-specific case studies during the course of the internship. A case study oral presentation will be evaluated by DI team member(s), any preceptors in attendance, and peers. The written report will be reviewed by preceptors and staff, and evaluated by the Internship Director.
- Successful completion of clinical staff relief, food service theme meal, and community project(s) as determined by preceptors(s) and Internship Director.
- Attendance at internship classes and successful completion of any quizzes and exams given by the Internship Director.
- Satisfactory participation (as determined by the Internship Director) in special duties, which may include National Nutrition Month, MAND meetings, legislative advocacy, public presentations, site activities, and other projects determined by the Internship Director.
- Assignments and projects done under the direction of the Internship Director must be at 80% possible points or higher, and evaluations from site preceptors must be at level “3” or better for satisfactory completion of the dietetic internship, with no more than five “2’s” given. In the event this is not achieved, the intern may be placed on probation, with the expectation to determine with the Internship Director how satisfactory completion can be achieved. Please refer to the Program Retention and Remediation policy for additional details.
- Compliance with policies as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- Professional and ethical behavior throughout the program.
- For U of M graduate students preselected as interns, the Completion of U of M Dietetic Internship Form must be signed by the graduate student's advisor.
Intern performance is evaluated at regular intervals throughout the year. Refer to Assessment of Learning policy for details. Upon successful completion of all learning experiences, graduates receive verification statements, and the Internship Director initiates the registration eligibility process for candidates to schedule their Registration Examination for Dietitians. The DI program has the right to withhold verification statements if any the above requirements are not satisfactorily met.