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Graduation Class of 2021

The Dietetic Internship Program

The UNCG Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program that includes supervised dietetics practice with an area of concentration of Professional Engagement. See the University Catalog description and requirements of the Dietetic Internship Program.

Placement sites are with:

  • hospitals
  • diet/fitness centers,
  • long-term care facilities
  • county health departments

This program is 12 months long and includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised dietetics practice.  Candidates who wish to be considered for admission to the program should submit an application through DICAS for the spring match.

The UNCG Dietetic Internship prepares interns for successful, professional practice. This is accomplished through

  • 10 weeks of supervised preparation and
  • 27 weeks of supervised practice.
  • In addition, interns are required to complete a professional engagement project with a designated community partner.

Following successful completion of the internship performance requirements, interns earn a verification statement of completion of the DI program leading to registration eligibility  (to sit for the registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The UNCG Post-Baccalaureate Certificate /Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-0040 (ext. 5400), www.eatrightpro.org/acend.


Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at UNCG are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

ACEND contact information:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040 (ext. 5400)
Email: acend@eatright.org

We welcome inquiries from prospective internship students. Babbi Hawkins is the Internship Director and can be reached at bshawkin@uncg.edu or 336-256-0326.