Academic Catalog

Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Certificate

Program Description

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty

FCS Food and Nutritional Sciences Website

The SPU graduate Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Certificate program is an 8-1/2 month program that provides dietetic interns with a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised professional experiences and learning activities in the areas of clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management. 

Our program is approved for ACEND option #4: student-identified graduate degree. Students can be enrolled concurrently in any accredited graduate degree program that is offered online and does not conflict with the dietetic internship supervised practice rotations (i.e., generally between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), or the program’s quarterly DI Seminar class, which is held on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The self-selected graduate program should be completed by the end of October 2025, which aligns with 150% of the SPU Nutrition and Dietetics Internship program length.

Upon completion of the SPU Nutrition and Dietetics Internship program and a graduate degree, program finishers will be able to sit for the Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. 

Our Mission

The mission of the SPU DI program is to prepare graduates for entry-level work as registered dietitian nutritionists to support the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, and to be leaders in the dietetics profession and in the community at large. Our graduates will use their food and nutrition expertise to engage the culture and enhance the lives of others through effective leadership, policy impact, management of programs and services, culturally sensitive education and counseling practices, and compassionate care throughout the lifespan.