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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Dietetic Internship practicum sites?

We offer experiences across the spectrum of dietetics. Since this program is located in northern Illinois, 70 miles west of Chicago, we are fortunate to be located within driving distance of the western suburbs, and the city of Rockford. Although some sites are located in the DeKalb area and on campus, interns must have a reliable car and be willing to drive to sites that are located off campus.

Interns are placed in NIU Campus Dining Services for the food service management practicum, and at a one community hospital for the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) practicum. During the community nutrition practicum, interns have the opportunity to work in medical clinics, nursing homes, wellness and health promotion sites, diabetes education and business sites throughout northern Illinois.

What credentials will I have when I finish the program?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.
How do I know if I’m eligible to apply to the program?

You need the following 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 our Dietetic Internship is competitive. Admission is limited to 14 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.
  • 150 hours of dietetics-related work experience is also required.
  • Three letters of recommendation (.DOC) are required on the standardized form.
  • Eligible applicants are required to interview in person or by telephone.
How much does this program cost?

For up-to-date information tuition, fees and insurance costs please visit the Office of the Bursar website. Dietetic Interns are responsible for the cost of additional fees, and must provide their own housing, food and transportation.

Is there financial support available for Dietetic Interns?

We provide financial support for dietetic interns through graduate assistantships. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application form for a graduate assistantship (PDF). Graduate assistantships provide a partial tuition waiver and monetary stipend.

Contact Us

Dietetic Internship
Nancy Prange, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Dietetic Internship Director
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-6386
nprange@niu.edu