About Our Program
The Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship (DI) is a full-time 12 month post-baccalaureate graduate certificate non-degree dietetic internship program, with concentrations in community nutrition and school nutrition. Thirteen hours of graduate Master’s level courses are required in conjunction with 1200 hours of supervised practice experiences. The Georgia Southern DI does not result in a graduate degree; however, students may elect to apply for admission to one of several School of Health & Kinesiology graduate programs. For more information about these programs, visit the School of Health & Kinesiology Graduate Programs website.
Graduates of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern DI. A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI: 10 interns in the Community Nutrition concentration; 10 in the School Nutrition concentration. Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.
The Georgia Southern DI offers graduate coursework and supervised practice experiences designed to meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian (RD). The Georgia Southern DI provides 30 – 40 hours (1 week) of orientation to the internship, 1200 hours (30 weeks) of supervised practice experiences, and 18 – 24 hours (1 week) of evaluation after completion of the supervised practice experiences, for a total minimum of 1248 internship hours (32 weeks) over the 12 month internship period.
Interns take the following courses in the fall semester: Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy (1 hour), Nutrition in the Community (3 hours), School Nutrition Administration (3 hours), and Energy Balance for Weight Management (3 hours). Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hours) is taken in the Spring semester.
Upon successful completion of the Georgia Southern DI, interns obtain a Verification Statement of program completion and are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians.
The Georgia Southern DI has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND). For details please see our accreditation page.