To become a Registered Dietitian, students must complete an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) following graduation. Application to internships is made during the final semester of study. Following successful completion of an internship, graduates are eligible to take the Registration Examination.
Admission to internships is highly competitive. To increase the likelihood of obtaining a position in a DI, students should prepare by:
maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA,
having 1000 hours of work and/or volunteer experience in institutional foodservice and/or nutrition care (i.e.,
foodservice: hospital, nursing homes, university dining services, school, etc.; volunteer: WIC, Cancer Society, Heart Association, March of Dimes, hospital, etc.)
participating in meaningful volunteer activity,
demonstrating leadership ability, and
taking the GRE (recommended).
Meeting these criteria does not guarantee placement in a dietetic internship, but failure to meet them will almost surely preclude placement.