Watch a 'Day in the Life' from one of our current interns:
Why choose this DI program compared to others?
Our partnership with The Emily Program offers the unique opportunity to learn from a variety of dietitians who specialize in eating disorders and gain a better understanding of eating disorder treatment.
With 100+ specialties, M Health Fairview hospitals provide interns with experience in a variety of practice areas. M Health Fairview hospitals are also frequently ranked as some of the best in Minnesota.
The dietetic internship considers your interests when scheduling rotation opportunities.
Hear from our current intern, Mikayla, on why she chose the UMN DI:
Insights from Alumni and Current Interns:
Hear from our Alum: Aaron Day
Hear from our Alum: Emily Stewart
Tell us about your current position and how the U of M DI prepared you for the position - Megan & Kiara
- RDN at The Aliveness Project, a federally funded healthcare facility for individuals with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota:
- RDN Responsibilities: provide MNT to members and link them with food assistance programs.
- How the U of MN DI helped me prepare: "I had a lot of great MNT and clinical experience that provided me with the clinical judgement I needed to serve my patients. Additionally, I did my staff relief at the West Bank mental health inpatient side that helped me to learn how to work with persons in crises and with confounding issues such as substance abuse and homelessness."
- RDN deciding between offers in the the clinical setting
- How the U of MN DI helped me prepare: "The U of M prepared me for these positions by providing a wide range of patients and professional experiences. Because I have practiced in so many settings it calms my nerves and makes me confident that I can start as an RD in any setting. There is a lot of pressure and a high workload as an intern, so after completing this internship it is so fulfilling and a true confidence boost that you can do anything!"
What do you feel was most valuable from your DI experience?
- "All of the endless experiences. Within the East & West bank hospitals, there were so many high acuity patients and amazing providers. Since they are also a teaching hospital, they are very accepting (and expect) you to take initiative and learn more." Emily Ostrow, Class of 2021
- "My most valuable experience was participating in so many unique clinical rotations. I am also blessed to say that at UMMC I saw so many interesting and high acuity patients as well as worked with so many amazing preceptors. This really helped me widen my critical thinking skills and exposure to medical and nutrition diagnosis. The entire internship gave me so many scenarios and highlights that I could use and explain during job interviews!" Larissa Kleen, Class of 2021
Were you able to have an outside job when you were in the internship, and if so how did you balance both obligations?
- It is possible! Most interns who work during the internship have a casual position at a hospital such as Fairview or Abbott as diet techs, nutrition service associates, and/or nutrition aides. However, there are interns that have had serving jobs for a few years and are able to work out a flexible schedule with managers.
What advice do you have for any prospective interns to be successful during the internship?
- "The biggest advice I have is to utilize every opportunity that is given to you or available. Ask every question. Ask to see patients you might not be assigned but know would be a great experience. Ask the reasoning behind a dietitian's interventions. Ask to follow/shadow other health care professionals such as Speech Language Pathologists. Fully immerse yourself in the experience, because this is the time to learn. With that and within reason, fully immerse yourself in the outside work. Do the additional research with homework, ask questions within the class day presentations. There are so many small experiences available to you that could lead you to a bigger path (such as me asking to cover the mental health inpatient staff relief instead of my original assignment, and obtaining valuable experience for my current job)."
- "My best piece of advice for being successful during the internship is to make the most of it! That is kind of broad, but for me I took every rotation (whether it was good, challenging, not an interest of mine, etc.) and tried to keep an open mind and take everything and anything I could from it. You will get homework and assignments from your preceptors, but also ask your own questions or even ask for more materials and how you can be a better professional if you were to ever pursue that unit/specialty as a future RD. Some other advice I have is to do daily morning affirmations, reminding yourself that you are here for a reason, you are smart, brave and to always take it one day at a time. Lastly, what helped me remember the good/challenging/highlights of everyday in each rotation was journaling in the notebook the DI directors provided us. I would reflect on my progress and write down personal goals for the next day or questions I had thought of after the day was over. This is fun to still look back on and read to see how far I have come as well as use those scenarios in preparing for job interviews!"
Hear what previous interns had to say about the program:
“The internship year has far exceeded all my expectations! I have already recommended the program to other DPD students, as I think it is a really well-rounded program that offers great learning experiences.” (MNT Intern, 2021)
“I think how quickly we rotated through rotations and preceptors was the most valuable learning experience for me! It was a new first impression every week, a new place to park, and a new hospital/chart note format to become orientated with. We are so adaptable and resilient. It has helped me stay on my toes, engaged and eager to learn more and more!” (Larissa, 2021)
“The Emily Program provided me such a unique, once in a lifetime experience…I’m so lucky to have been chosen for this.” (MNT Intern, 2021)
“This is a wonderful program. I can see how much work goes into improving the program and I can tell that leadership genuinely cares about intern success. I appreciated the emphasis leadership gave at the beginning of the program on prioritizing self-care and personal sustainability, particularly during the pandemic. You challenged us to be the best version of ourselves and supported us to the best of your ability when life got heavy. I am so grateful to have been selected for this program, I feel ready as ever to join the field.” (ED-TEP, 2021)
“I enjoyed the opportunity collaborating with the MNT students about ED and clinical practices. I also enjoyed doing the case study and pushing myself to present hard information to a large group of people.” (ED-TEP Intern, 2023)
“It has been interesting to get more exposure with just working with all kinds of people with different social, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds and to learn how to care best for each patient and do what I can to help them meet their goals.” (ED-TEP Intern, 2023)
“I really am grateful for the opportunity to be in a new location so frequently and to be fully supported by the director. It forced me to grow, to learn to speak up and it provided so many opportunities to learn. I’m not only more knowledgeable, but I am a better person because of these opportunities.” (MNT Intern, 2023)
“Thank you for everything! Still raving about my internship a year later.” (MNT Intern, 2022)