Dietetic internships: It's a match!
Seniors in Graduation Gowns
By Justine Karduck
May 24, 2017

The Class of 2017 from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Didactic Program in Dietetics achieved a 100% placement rate with dietetic internships! On average, only 50% of dietetic students match with a dietetic internship (DI) nationally. The University of Illinois dietetics seniors achieved a match rate of 100%, meaning every senior that applied for a DI was matched with one, and within the first round of matching!

Graduating seniors will be spending the next 8 to 24 months completing their DIs and master’s degrees.  The students have already completed their first steps to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The DI is the second step in the process to becoming a RDN and requires a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in a DI accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Many DIs are combined with master’s degree programs, including programs in dietetics, nutritional sciences, exercise science, public health, and business administration. Upon completion of the DI, a student must pass the comprehensive Commission on Dietetic Registration RDN exam, the final step to becoming a RDN.  

The DI matching process takes place biannually in April and November. Students prepare extensive application materials including a list of preferred DI sites. After the students submit their applications, the DI sites evaluate and rank the applicants. A computerized program then matches applicants to internships, ensuring both parties have a choice in the match. The first round of match results is then released to students, and they are allowed 24 hours to either accept or decline their DI offer. If students chose to decline, that spot is open for the second round of matching. 

The matched seniors from the U of I will be spread all across the United States from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, up to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  

Congratulations Class of 2017 and best of luck to you in your future careers as registered dietitian nutritionists!  You are one big step closer to becoming future RDNs, the true food and nutrition experts! 

For more information about the University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, please visit our website.