Our Program

Philosophy

  • Competencies for dietetics practice are facilitated and achieved by well-defined supervised internship experiences.
  • Interns benefit more from learning experiences when they have the opportunity to individualize certain experiences to their needs and interests.
  • Attainment of entry-level performance requirements for dietetics practice is enhanced by the variety of opportunities offered to interns within an innovative, diverse, and well-rounded internship.
  • The interests of the interns and the public are best served through collaboration of University units and the community.
  • Commitment to ongoing evaluation and planning is necessary to assure program quality.

Mission

Consistent with the missions of the University of MinnesotaCollege of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Science, and Department of Food Science and Nutrition, the mission of the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship is to maintain a high quality program which integrates didactic education, supervised practice, and public service to develop competent entry-level dietitians with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the food, health, and nutritional needs of the diverse communities they serve.

Goals and Objectives

To maintain a high quality dietetic internship program

Outcome Measures:

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 1.2 years
  • ≥ 75% of interns completing the Program Evaluation at the end of the DI program will agree with all (four) statements regarding their overall DI experience

To develop competent entry-level dietitians

Outcome Measures:

  • ≥ 80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
  • ≥ 75% of employers responding to the U of MN DI Employer Survey will give the graduates in their work setting a rating of “excellent/above expectations” or “outstanding” when indicating the degree of behavior or skill demonstrated for “overall quality of work”

To provide well trained practitioners to meet the food, health, and nutritional needs of the diverse communities they serve

Outcome Measures:

  • Of graduates who seek employment, ≥75 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • ≥ 75% of graduates responding to the U of MN DI Graduate Survey will give a rating of “satisfactory/meets expectations” or better when indicating their degree of “overall professional knowledge and skill demonstrated” in their work setting
  • ≥ 75% of employers responding to the U of MN DI Employer Survey will give the graduates in their work setting a rating of “excellent/above expectations” or “outstanding” when indicating the degree of behavior or skill demonstrated for “overall professional knowledge and skill”

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Expectations

We expect our interns to act in a professional manner. This includes dressing professionally, arriving on time, completing projects and assignments by the due dates, and communicating effectively with others.

We expect high motivation and a desire to help others. We expect an ongoing willingness to learn, accept challenges, and grow in skill and compassion. We require that interns uphold the confidentiality of all clients, and follow the internship program's policies and procedures, as well as requirements for each of our affiliated sites.