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.
The program offers a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on training designed to meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian (RD). Students are required to take 13 hours of graduate master’s-level courses in conjunction with 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences, allowing them to apply their coursework in the field.
While the Georgia Southern DI does not result in a graduate degree, 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 provides:
- 30 – 40 hours (1 week) of orientation to the internship
- 1200 hours (30 weeks) of supervised practice experiences
- 18 – 24 hours (1 week) of evaluation after completion of the supervised practice experiences
- Minimum total of 1248 internship hours (32 weeks) over the 12 month internship period
Interns take the following courses in the fall semester:
- Nutrition in the Community (3 hours)
- School Nutrition Administration (3 hours)
- Energy Balance for Weight Management (3 hours).
Micronutrient Metabolism (3 hours) and Applied Medical Nutrition Therapy (1 hour) are 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.