The Oregon State University Dietetic Internship (OSUDI) is one of a few dietetics internships with emphasis on the preparation of practitioners in senior care services. In addition, students can opt for a concentration in community nutrition services.
Six interns are accepted into the program each year. All interns rotate through rotation sites, with training provided primarily as one-on-one with the preceptors. All core competencies and learning outcomes for Dietetic Internship Programs as specified in the 2008 CADE (now ACEND) Educational Requirements and Standards (ERAS) are met over the series of rotations.
The internship has two concentrations. One concentration, in senior nutrition care, provides interns with additional experience with the geriatric population in a variety of settings. Another concentration in community nutrition is met with rotations in Bates Child Development Center, WIC programs, school lunch, college housing and dining, etc.
The internship curriculum covers the required ACEND competencies and learning outcomes consistent with the 2008 ERAS and with the following times:
Approximately 9.5 calendar months in supervised practice, didactic courses and staff relief beginning mid September and going through June.
Two weeks of vacation over the December holiday,
Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving
The OSU recognized Memorial Day holiday
Didactic hours include
Orientation, diabetes class, professional meetings, food show, monthly classes
An orientation is included in the internship calendar.
Approximately two classes per month (6 hours) from October through May with speakers, Nutrition Graduate Seminars, sharing of experiences, development and implementation of a research project.
Projects, derived from competency statements for the supervised practice component of entry-level dietitian education programs, are planned at each rotation.
Interns also attend professional meetings and other appropriate meetings, events, or trade shows.
Practice hours include
Various scheduled (9-10) rotation siteso Four weeks of staff relief
A four-week staff relief is planned at the end of the internship based on mutually (intern/preceptor) agreeable assignment in one of the OSUDI rotations.
Regular homework outside of the internship is a part of the curriculum at some rotations.
The internship can be completed on a full-time basis in approximately 9.5 months (including planned experiences, orientation, didactic hours, vacation, and staff relief).
The schedule will be developed to have only one intern at a rotation site with minor exceptions where there may be overlap of interns, due to the length of the rotation.
The internship does not offer health insurance for the interns. Interns must provide their own health insurance throughout the internship, and are required to have it during the rotation at the Qualicenters and DaVita renal dialysis units.
Program rotation overview
The OSUDI program structure reflects the recognition that entry level Registered Dietitians (RD) require a diverse repertoire of skills to meet future practice needs. Rotation sites include facilities encompassing long-term health care, Women Infant and Children’s Supplemental Food Program, restaurant venue nutrition, sanitation and menu planning, renal dialysis sites, school foodservice and community nutrition education programs. In addition, traditional acute care settings round out the program developing intern skill in nutrition care for individuals. Interns gain insights into traditional practice in clinical, community and foodservice services, as well as in innovation and newer practice areas. They gain experience delivering food and/or nutrition services to young and older healthy and ill adults.
The OSUDI rotation sites
An Intern will not rotate through most listed sites. A “C” denotes a Corvallis-based intern rotation site and an “S” denotes a Salem-based intern rotation site.
Capital Manor Retirement Community (CM): A continuing care community (CCRC) providing meals and nutritional care to independent and residential care residents. Interns work in food service, clinical and community areas at this site. (C,S)
Salem Hospital (SH): Clinical in-patient care, acute-care facility. Ambulatory/outpatient care. Food service for in-patients,out-patients, community and staff. (S)
Oregon Dairy Council (ODC): Community/public health program. (C, S)
Silverton Hospital (SilvH): Inpatient and outpatient care in an acute-care facility. (S)
Providence Benedictine Nursing Center (PBNC): Long-term facility, assisted living, skilled rehab. Foodservice and clinical care for long-term individuals. (C, S)
Fresenius Medical Care Quali-Centers Dialysis (QC): Renal Dialysis Unit. (C, S)
DaVita Salem Dialysis (DV): Renal Dialysis Unit. (C, S)
Holland, Inc. (HI): Restaurant foodservice and nutrition activities. (C, S)
FamilyCare Health Plans (sites: Women’s Healthcare Associates LLC, Children’s Health Alliance) (FCH): Coordinated care organization providing preventive nutrition services for pediatric and prenatal patients. (c, s)
Salud Medical Center (WIC): Community Child and Maternal Nutrition. (S)
Corvallis Public Schools (Corv Sch): Management and production of meals as well as nutrition education programming. (C)
OSU Bates Child Care Center (Bates): Meal planning, nutrition assessment and other tasks. (C)
OSU Housing and Dining (OSU HD): Management as well as nutrition education in the dormitory facilities. (C)
OSU Student Health Services (OSUSHS): Nutrition care and education services. (c)
OSU Moore Family Center (OSUMFC): Assessment and counseling services. (c)
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis OR (Corv GS) and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital (Lebanon): Clinical and foodservice rotations in small, community-based hospitals. (C)
Pinnacle Health (Pinn): Sub-acute and rehabilitation facilities. Interns will learn about the long term care environment and the standards of nutrition care for long term care. (C)
OSU Extension Services (OSU Ext): Community nutrition and classroom education programs. (C)
OSUDI program graduate outcomes
Graduates outcomes demonstrate OSUDI's program effectiveness.The program strives for these graduate outcomes: The success of graduates will be evaluated by assessing
the successful completion of the internship, competencies and didactic class requirements
successful completion of the RD exam within 1 year of graduation,
intern gainful employment in dietetics within 3 months of graduation
intern holding positions of professional or career leadership within 5 years of graduation
graduates who pursue employment in long-term care and community nutrition within 3 years of employment
intern engagement or service within their profession or communities
Intern completion requirements
Interns are evaluated using a competency based rubric, which documents that each intern has achieved a “proficient” score (of 3 or higher) on all competencies and post-assessments. Site evaluations for interns are kept to ensure that all interns have met this requirement. This must be completed within a maximum of 12 months in order to earn a Verification Statement of completion. The director evaluates intern assessments, completes documents verifying completion and provides an exit interview for each intern. A signed Verification Statement documents completion and is sent in a timely manner to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to register interns for the RD exam.
Interns who do not complete assignments satisfactorily may be asked to extend the internship time until satisfactory completion can be attained and/or to re-do assignments (up to a maximum of 12 months). Interns who are not proficient in specific competencies are told this during preceptor evaluation and the mid-year evaluation and may dictate the need to extend the internship rotation. Specific meetings with the director may be scheduled to ensure interns meet all internship requirements.
The DI director provides each student with the most current Credential Registration Management System (CRMS) Registration Eligibility Application documentation from the (CDR). These forms are also available online at www.cdrnet.org
Information about program evaluations and outcomes, program rules and requirements, Program Support Services, Information Management, Grievance Procedures and Program Assessment forInterns can be found in the OSUDI Student Handbook and the OSU Academic Regulations and Academic Calendar Interns are expected to conduct themselves according to the Code of Ethics.
The OSUDI was created to reflect the AND philosophy that “Education is a dynamic and complex process that translates the theoretical and ideal into actual application and practice.” The program builds from knowledge level to skill acquisition as interns follow assignments beginning with didactic activities and then proceed to supervised practice rotations.
The engagement of the several rotation sites allows for a progression within diverse settings serving varied populations from theory to practice for clients of different ages and with different needs. In addition the program strives to foster professional development of interns that exhibit leadership and excellence within the profession.
The two concentrations, one in senior nutrition care and the other in community nutrition and preventive practice reflect OSUDI’s program goals. As healthcare shifts away from acute care models and practitioners build practice skills in delivery of long term coordinated care, home care, and organizations rotations with healthcare services outside of acute care centers are needed.
Likewise, dietetics practitioners are being trained to provide expanded nutrition services in community organizations and wellness programs that emphasize prevention of chronic diseases.
This internship includes current rotations at Capital Manor Retirement Community, Providence Benedictine Nursing Home and with consultants in long term care, USDA Extension agencies, college healthcare center, Head Start, Family Care, university dining, and school lunch programs.
Community sites emphasize behavior change and development of strategies to encourage healthy eating. The need for trained dietetic professionals in long-term care and in prevention is evident in our changing demographics.
Program mission, goals & graduate outcomes
The mission of the OSUDI is to provide a challenging supervised practice program that mentors and trains the next generation of dietetic professionals who are prepared to specialize in elderly nutrition services and care, and preventive healthcare in community health and other settings. This mission is consistent with the OSU mission to serve the people of Oregon, the nation and the world through education, research and service.
The OSUDI has a goal of facilitating the development of entry level RDs through the integration of the dietetics competencies from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Educational Requirements and Standards 2008. Interns are developed to readily make application of theory to practice in a variety of settings.
The OSUDI Program Goals include:
The Program will prepare graduates to be practitioners that are competent and competitive in the marketplace and interested in pursuing employment in senior care and community based nutrition service organizations.
The Program will prepare graduates to assume roles of leadership in their careers and profession.
The Program will prepare graduates who provide service to their profession and to their communities.
It is the policy of the OSUDI to not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, color, creed or nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, Veteran’s status or otherwise consistent with Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion policies which are similar to the non-discrimination policies of all participating facilities and rotation sites in the Internship. This policy applies to all program aspects including intern selection, faculty, evaluation, discipline and grievance.
The program faculty evaluates each candidate’s packet for the selection of interns on the basis of:
Evidence of academic achievement
Oral and written communication
Professional, volunteer and work experience showing commitment, advancement and accountability
Self-direction (ability to set goals, organize and work independently).
Leadership abilities (elected offices, leadership recognition by peers)
Ability to perform under pressure (flexibility, priority setting, stamina, reaction to stress, ability to balance daily activities)
Interpersonal skills (self-perception, self-confidence, ability to work with others).
Candidate’s application packets are initially screened for the following minimum requirements. Failure to meet this automatically eliminates the candidate:
a 3.0 GPA overall
a 3.2 GPA in professional DPD courses
an original signed Verification Statement within 5 years post Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) completion
Eligible candidates selection criteria
Packets are evaluated by these ranked criteria (from highest to lowest priority):
Grades, including grades earned in science courses
Letters of recommendation
Applicant Personal Statement (see requirements below)
Work experience, tenure in positions, increasing work responsibility
Evidence of leadership and professional commitment
Committees of preceptors participate in Skype interviews for candidates screened to have met a minimum score, which is determined each year based on total applicant numbers.
Applicants with Verification Statements older than 5 years at the time of application must provide an updated Verification from an accredited DPD. There is no mechanism for accepting work experience or previous training in lieu of a recent Verification Statement.
(Following DICAS System and Instructions)
Read carefully as we have some unique requirements that differ from the general instructions in DICAS
Submit a complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application packet made up of the following items by the deadline posted for DICAS (typically around February 15):
Different from DICAS
1) In our requirement for the DICAS Personal Statement please address only the following in 1000 words or less (do not answer the standard DICAS questions):
How is food related to dietetics practice?
How can you influence people to change their eating behavior?
How is the OSUDI program specifically suited to you and your professional interests?
2) When you mail your fee to OSU, include a hard copy collection of 3 different examples of what you consider to be your best dietetics-related class assignments/projects/papers.
Try to include a variety of examples such as presentations, research papers, menu/recipe/food-related projects, a case study, etc.
Please include these examples with your mailed application fee (see below).
3) Application and Transcript Evaluation Fee* of $50
Payable to: OSUDI
Mailed to: Mary Cluskey, Nutrition, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, OSU, 200 Milam Hall Corvallis OR 97331.
This is separate from fees paid to DICAS and D&D Digital.
*DICAS applications received by DICAS deadline without receipt of Trasncript Evaluation fee by OSU will not be reviewed.
As instructed on DICAS
4) The Dietetic Internship Application - completed through the DiCAS portal
5) Official Transcript(s) sealed in official envelope – submitted through DICAS
6) Three letters of recommendation (at least two DPD faculty) – submitted through DICAS
7) Signed Verification Statement for DPD or Declaration of Intent for Completion – submitted through DICAS
D&D Digital Systems
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Phone: (515) 292-0490
Fax: (515) 663-9427
Failure to submit matching information disqualifies candidates from the internship selection process.
The top candidates are ranked by the OSUDI selection committee and their names are sent in to the D&D Digital Computer Matching for selection of finalists. Follow instructions on the D&D website regarding your placement results. The process will be conducted so that student’s rights are protected and the non-discrimination policies of the program are maintained.
Cost of classes and materials used in the internship (except texts, supplies or duplicating that interns opt to purchase and additional occasional project costs).
Educational facilities and services provided by OSU, including areas for meetings, to study, and library & instructional media services at OSU and other rotation sites.
Costs to students include the following:
$50.00 Application and Transcript Evaluation Fee
$8000.00 tuition/ fee charge for all accepted interns for the 2014-15 class year, payable during the first week of the internship.
$25.00 OSU non-degree admission fee.
$10.00-$50.00 National Criminal Background Check
Up to $150.00 for immunization, titers, and tuberculosis testing if not current on these or if documentation is unavailable
$400.00-800.00 Transportation cost estimate (bus is possible but not convenient)
$32.00 Liability insurance coverage cost estimate
$1900.00 Health Insurance purchased through OSU Health Service Center (other options for health insurance may be available)
$450.00-$550.00 monthly apartment rental estimate. Other living expenses are variable.
$50.00 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) dues
$100.00 Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting
$250.00 Estimated texts and supplies costs
Costs accrued while in other rotation sites become those of the student
Meals will be provided at the discretion of the rotation. Some rotations will provide meals at a reduced rate, some meals may be free and some rotations will ask the interns to provide their own meal.
Financial aid/load deferments
OSUDI does not provide any financial aid. Interns are encouraged to check with the AND for potential scholarships and aid. The OSUDI director can write a letter for interns stating they are participating in a dietetic internship program as part of their dietetics education in an effort to obtain loan deferment(s).