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Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship program mission at the University of Northern Colorado will prepare graduates to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who have the acquired knowledge to enrich the community through professional practice under the professional code of ethics, and remain life-long learners that is supported by evidence based research and leadership activity.

Our application and selection process utilizes a holistic screening approach where we consider key elements of the whole person in addition to using traditional measures such as academic achievements and GPA.  It is important to us that we accept individuals who will enrich our program's mission to be life-long learners and who will strengthen the dietetics profession by engaging in leadership activities and roles.

General Information

  • Accepts up to 30 interns each year.
  • Does not expect you to relocate to Greeley, Colorado.
  • The internship is based on a distance education model.
  • Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Prepares all intern graduates to be competent in entry-level dietitian positions.
  • Boasts a high post-internship employment rate and a high passing rate for first-time test takers on the Registration Exam.
  • Two required online courses to be completed during the first two weeks of the internship, followed by a three-day online orientation. 
  • All interns must complete a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours in order to fulfill ACEND requirements.
  • Interns may arrange with preceptors to complete practice hours on a full-time or part-time basis.  This choice must be declared at the time of application on the Rotation Summary Form. Full-time interns are required to practice a minimum of 32 hours per week and no more than 40 hours/week. Part-time interns will need to practice a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • All interns should complete the program within 8-10 months (full-time) or 14 months (part-time) of beginning rotations.
  • Rotations should begin no later than 4 weeks from the end of orientation. Exceptions to these rules are on a case-by-case basis after the intern has begun the program. Exceptions result from family emergencies, illness or other considerations and are negotiated with the Dietetic Internship Director.
  • Please read all information carefully since our application procedure differs from traditional internship programs.
  • Make sure to print the “Important Dates” document and the “Internship Application Checklist (found on the application process page).”

Graduate Outcomes

Program outcomes data are available upon request.