Dietetic Internship Program

Welcome to the Dietetic Internship Program site. Included in this site is program information and application materials. You may use this page as your roadmap to more information about our program or to link with the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay or  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

About our Program

Description and Length

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Dietetic Internship is a 37 week program with a concentration in leadership. Interns complete supervised practice experiences in a variety of facilities in the Green Bay, Fox Cities and surrounding areas. This full-time Dietetic Internship Program, established in 1994, provides 1200 hours of practice experiences. Interns gain experiences in all areas of dietetic practice: medical nutrition therapy, food service and community nutrition. Practice facilities include six regional referral hospitals in Green Bay, Appleton, Fond du Lac, Neenah, Sheboygan and central Wisconsin, several long-term care facilities, K-12 school food service, community health clinics, UW-Cooperative Extension agencies, city public health departments, food pantries, and athletic and fitness centers.

Problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, public speaking, collaboration, time management, writing and interpersonal skills are highly emphasized during this internship. Projects and assignments are planned to help interns develop these skills and implement nutrition care in a variety of settings.

The program consists of approximately 32 hours of weekly supervised practice experiences (Monday thru Thursday), occasional weekends, plus seven hours of didactic instruction and project management on Fridays. The program early September and is completed by the end of the following May. Vacation is normally scheduled over the winter holidays.

Successful completion of the Dietetic Internship will result in receipt of a Dietetic Internship verification statement and eligibility to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist  (RDN) exam administered by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR).  Upon obtaining the RDN, former interns are directed to seek appropriate licensure/certification in the state where employed.  Dietitians working in Wisconsin are eligible to become a certified dietitian (CD) upon successful completion of the RDN exam.

Mission Statement

To provide educational and professional practice experiences that prepare competent entry level dietitians in an environment that fosters collaboration, leadership, life-long learning and professional enthusiasm.

Program Goals and Objectives

1. To prepare graduates who will be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • UWGB DI will maintain a first time pass rate of the RD exam of at least 90%.
  • Scores on RD exam will be at or above the national average for the total score and both nutrition and foodservice sub-scores.
  • 75% of former interns who respond to survey will reflect competency for employment by indicating proficient or better.
2. To provide a supply of well-trained dietetic practitioners who will meet the expanding   employment needs and opportunities in the Upper Midwest region and beyond.
  • 75% of employers who respond to survey will reflect an equal or above average on decision making and problem solving, willingness and interest in learning, organization and planning skills, communication skills, professional behaviors.
  • 75% of all graduates who respond to survey will find job opportunities within 12 months of program completion (updated from 3 months to 1 year due to ACEND change)
  • 30% of applicants who match the DI will be from UWGB DPD.
  • 95% of enrolled interns will complete program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
3. To prepare dietetic practitioners who are active and involved in food and nutrition professional associations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its affiliated state and local district associations.
  • 50% of interns who respond to the post-internship survey will be active members of professional associations related to nutrition, dietetics and /or food science.
4. To prepare dietetic professionals who participate in professional development and life-long learning.
  • 40% of interns who respond the post-internship survey will note plans for specialty training, advanced degree or portfolio progress.
  • 80% of interns who return the post-internship survey will maintain appropriate state credentials (CD, LD, etc.).
5. To prepare dietetic practitioners who demonstrate leadership skills.
  • 75% of interns who respond to the post internship survey will volunteer in a professional, community program or agency.

 

Concentration of Leadership

The leadership concentration will focus on the ability to apply specific leadership skills, effectively develop leadership capability as dietitians to promote career growth and improve ability to lead positive change in a variety of practice settings.

Competencies of Leadership:

  1. Plan and organize projects that are efficient and effective in achieving goals.
  2. Delegate work assignments that are clear and easy to understand in order to accomplish desired work.
  3. Supervise others with a clear sense of purpose, mission and focus on key results.
  4. Lead teams in a manner that creates a collaborative work environment based on trust, candor and respect.
  5. Solve problems by seeking relevant information before making decisions.

As an intern at UW-Green Bay you will develop your personal leadership style as you complete leadership training, team building skills, and project management.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Educators in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876, 
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Number of Interns

Twenty interns are accepted annually. We hold 12 intern spots for UWGB graduates and if all 12 spots are filled, we then fill 8 DICAS matched applicants. If less than 12 UWGB graduate spots are filled, the number of DICAS applicants will increase.

RD Exam Pass Rate

UW-Green Bay interns are successful in meeting entry-level competencies and the program proudly reports a 5-year first-time pass rate of 96.7% and 100% pass rate on the RDN exam. Additional program outcomes are available upon request.