Dietetic Internship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - NIU - Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics

Dietetic internship FAQ

The program concentration for the NIU dietetic internship is Community Nutrition and Health Promotion,which includes 1224 hours of dietetic internship experiences: 540 hours in community nutrition, life-cycle and health promotion; 504 hours in medical nutrition therapy (at one hospital); and 180 hours in food service (NIU Dining Services).

What will I have when I finish the program?

Upon program completion, dietetic interns graduate with a M.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination to become a Registered Dietitian.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Completion of the “Didactic Program in Dietetics” (DPD), is a pre-requisite for admission to the dietetic internship program. The DPD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Admission to the dietetic internship is competitive. Admission is limited to fourteen interns per year. Applications are evaluated on the basis of a cumulative, science, and major grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, work experience, letters of recommendation and interview scores.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required. A science GPA of 3.0/4.0 is preferred. A major GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores are required.
  • One-hundred-fifty (150) hours of dietetics-related work experience is also required. 
  • Three letters of recommendation are required on the standardized form
  • Eligible applicants are required to interview in person or by telephone.

Please consult the current graduate catalog for complete information regarding the M.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

How do I apply?

  1. Three separate applications are required:
  2. Dietetic internship via the online DICAS system
  3. Graduate SchoolID & D Digital for computer matching

Please note that the application deadlines for Graduate School do not coincide with the DI and D&D Digital deadlines.

When are the application deadlines?

We accept applications in the spring semester using the online DICAS system. Applications to the dietetic internship coincide with D & D Digital computer matching deadlines. View the current application deadlines

How much does this program cost?

Up-to-date information about tuition, fees and insurance costs can be accessed on-line through the Office of the Bursar.

Is there financial support available for interns?

NIU provides a high level of financial support for dietetic interns in the form of graduate assistantships. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application form for a graduate assistantship. Of course we can not guarantee that one will be available, but often there are sufficient assistantships for all interns.

Graduate assistantships provide a partial tuition waiver and monetary stipend. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for a graduate assistantship.

Interns are responsible for the cost of additional fees. Interns must provide their own housing, food and transportation.