Welcome to the accredited Dietetic Internship at Oregon State University (OSUDI).
The OSUDI is a non-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the RD registration exam.
This program accepts 12 interns. The OSUDI consists of a 9.5 month, full-time supervised practice program commencing mid-September and running through June.
This internship focuses on senior nutrition care, and community and primary care nutrition practice, but also features experiences in traditional venues (i.e. food service, management and clinical). Comprised of numerous rotations in different healthcare settings under the supervision of 56+ qualified preceptors, this internship prides itself on its diversity.
The OSUDI exists to provide high quality supervised practice experiences for interns in order to attain the ACEND educational competencies. The OSUDI does not exploit interns for personal gain in the workplace and the focus of the rotation is learning. Interns may perform day-to-day work activities in a rotation but only in the context of completing an assignment or gaining experience, not to replace an absent employee. Thus, efforts are taken to encourage interns to develop professionally, engage in opportunities to become independent practitioners, develop leadership and gain exposure to mentors, to initiate the development of professional networks and to realize the value of engagement with the profession and with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Following completion of the accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD), the OSUDI is a supervised practice program fulfilling the next step in the required educational process established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to prepare entry-level RDs. After successfully completing the dietetic internship, the student is qualified to take the Registration Examination to become an RD. Interns must be an RD in order to apply for state licensure; the State of Oregon has licensing for the RD credential.
Eligible students will have graduated (or are about to graduate) with at least a bachelor's degree and have completed requirements from an ACEND-accredited program called a "Didactic Program in Dietetics." Applicants come from all over the country.
All applicants must participate in the formal matching process managed through D&D Digital. More information about detailed selection criteria, qualifications and characteristics sought are available in the Selection Criteria link.
The OSUDI is a fully accredited dietetics internship by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400. The ACEND site visit for continued accreditation occurred in Spring, 2011.
We appreciate hearing from prospective interns via email.
Feel free to contact us with your questions after reviewing our website.
Mary Cluskey, PhD, RD
Dietetic Internship Director
Michelle Bump, MS, RD, CSR, LD
OSUDI Clinical Coordinator
We discourage in-person visits from prospective interns for several reasons:
Dietetic Intern Erica conducts a nutrition consult with Oregon State University staff member.