The Mayo School of Health Sciences Dietetic Internship Program prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies and food service management. During the program, learning experiences are provided to allow the intern to:
- Assess the nutritional status of patients with complex medical conditions, diagnose nutrition problems, plan and implement nutrition interventions, monitor and evaluate problems, etiologies, signs and symptoms and the impact of interventions on the nutrition diagnosis
- Establish collaborative relationships with patients, caregivers, and health professionals
- Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change
- Develop time management and critical thinking skills
- Function as the clinical staff dietitian in various areas to assess nutritional status and to develop and implement appropriate care plan for each client
- Develop and demonstrate professional characteristics expected of a dietitian
- Develop, conduct, supervise and evaluate a community nutrition intervention project
- Provide nutritional care for individuals and groups in community-based settings
- Develop and provide food and nutrition services in a health care setting
- Perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients and food
- Demonstrate and promote responsible use of resources, including employees, money, time, food and disposable goods
- Select and design a learning experience in a special interest area of dietetics
Program curriculum learning experience distribution
Program length: 47 weeks (3 weeks as vacation)
- 3 weeks orientation
- 26 weeks clinical (5 weeks of this time is staffing experience)
- 9 weeks community
- 6 weeks food service management
Each week the intern spends 36 hours in supervised practice rotations and four hours in didactic classes during the months of October through May. Between June and August the intern spends 40 hours each week in supervised practice rotations.
Interns are granted two weeks of vacation around the Christmas and New Year holiday. A third week of vacation will be arranged on an individual basis with the Internship Director in the spring. Interns work holidays the rest of the year.
Weekly classes cover current nutrition and dietetics-related knowledge and principles to supplement the supervised practice learning experiences. Lectures, workshops, in-service training, case studies, field trips and informal discussions will help you to pass the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination.
Rotations to other sites
Through the community service rotations, you will have the opportunity to work with people of different ages and socioeconomic conditions. There are placements in public schools, skilled nursing facilities, public health department, and area community hospitals and clinics.
Our interns also present nutrition programs to community audiences, thereby increasing their skills in public speaking and working with community groups.
Grading or evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:
- Written examination
- Demonstration of skills
- Self-assessment exercises
- Faculty reviews
Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.
Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest quality training.
Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure quality.