Internship Handbook

  1. Introduction to the Program
  2. Measurable Goals of the Program
  3. Statement of Equal Opportunity
  4. Professional Membership and Activities
  5. Program Associated Costs
  6. Site Selection
  7. Financial Aid
  8. Student Guide to Hospital Services
  9. List of Suggested items for the Dietetic Internship




1. Introduction to the Program

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2. Measurable Goals of the Program

The primary goals of the Andrews University Dietetic Internship are twofold: to provide the intern with meaningful rotational experiences that will allow for successful completion of the registration examination for dietitians, and to provide the opportunity to develop the skills needed to obtain employment as an entry-level dietitian.

Our mission is to prepare  highly qualified dietetic professionals who are competent in medical nutrition therapy (MNT), and embrace a wholesome way of life for meaningful service in the workplace. 

Goal #1:  The program will prepare practitioners who are competent as an entry level dietitian. 
  • Outcomes Measures:
  1. 90% of the interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% (13 months) of the time planned for completion. 
  2. Over a five year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who sought employment within three months of program completion. 
  3. Over a five-year period, the pass rate for di graduates taking the examination for the first time will be at least 80%. 

Goal #2: The program will prepare practitioners who are competent in incorporating MNT principles into a wholesome way of life. 

  • Outcome Measures:
  1. 70% of the DI graduates will be working in an area which allow them to practice the principles of MNT within three months of program completion. 
  2. 90% of the program graduates first employers will rate the program satisfactory or above for measures of program evaluation. 

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3.  Statement of Equal Opportunity


Admission to Andrews University and the Dietetic Internship is granted irrespective of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, weight, height, marital status or handicap.  The University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  These students, however, must meet the admissions requirement of the Dietetic Internship.  Admission to the Dietetic Internship does not guarantee admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness or to any other program or department or school within the University.
Transfer privileges are not available to dietetic interns.  A student who is admitted to the eight month Dietetic Internship must meet all competencies within that time frame and at the assigned facility.  Students may elect to repeat the Dietetic Internship at the discretion of the Internship faculty and the Program Director.  Students will then pay the required amount and register for an additional Dietetic Internship experience at the original facility or at another of the University’s selected facilities.


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4. Professional Membership and Activities

Interns are encouraged to apply for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (which automatically confers membership in the respective state dietetics association). 


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5. Program Associated Costs
Application Fee $50
Travel, meal, and lodging expenses for DI Orientation  Variable
Graduate Certificate of Nutrition & Dietetics - 12 credits $9,9964.00/annually 
Dicas application form $40 for first applicants and $20 for each additional application
Depending on where the intern is located, travel costs for the community experiences will vary from $70 to $150
Housing can run between $600-$1,000 per month, depending on the internship location  
Cost per Meal at the facilities  $10.00
Lab Coats (contact matched site for more information) can run anywhere between $30.00 and $40.00
Medical, Car, and Rental Insurance varies from intern to intern, depending on thier insurance  
Transportation will be the responsibility of the intern  
Students are responsible for having a laptop computer and/or internet access  
Background checks for the intern will run anywhere between $15.00 and $75.00
* Subject to change annually.
** This price includes 12 graduate level credits at $887.00 per credit hour and the $964.00 professional internship fees ($365 per semester + $117 Distance Learning Fee) for the school year.


6. Site Selection

The AUDI practice facilities are chosen based on their ability to provide a thorough and unique education experience to the intern that results in the acquisition of the skills necessary to perform at an entry level.  Sites are chosen based on their ability to provide the learning experiences as outlined for the practice areas of clinical nutrition, wellness, community, food service management and research . In order for a site to be added to the AUDI, the program director will meet with the side coordinator to review the learning activities as well as expectations for the intern experience.  In addition, potential preceptors must agree to provide learning experiences as outlined in the learning activities that meet the depth and breadth of the competencies. 

Scheduling procedures, length of rotation and learning activities will be mutually agreeable to both the Program Director and primary preceptor.  An affiliation agreement must be signed by both parities before interns may be placed in rotation at that site.  Site evaluation will occur through intern evaluations and correspondence with the primary preceptor.

7. Financial Aid

The AUDI is a self-funded non-academic program. As such, interns are not eligible for financial aid through Andrews University. Scholarships may be available through state dietetic associations and/or the American Dietetic Association. It may be possible for students to obtain loan deferment for student loans while enrolled in the program. The program director will work with the interns to provide necessary documentation.

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8. Student Guide to Hospital Services




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9. List of Suggested Items for the Dietetic Internship


  1. Escott-Stump (2008), Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care, 6th edition (or newest edition)
  2. Krause’s Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy, 12th edition, or similar MNT book
  3. ADA’s pocket guide for International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology, 2nd     edition (or newest edition) - standardized
  4. Medical dictionary
  5. Calculator
  6. Pens
  7. Pencils
  8. Notebook
  9. Lab coat as specified by Medical Facility
  10. Laptop

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