Distance Dietetic Internship

The Distance Dietetic Internship (DDI) is a ten-month program that combines supervised practice and 21 hours of graduate coursework.

Program Schedule and Length of Rotation

ALL Distance Interns are required to attend an On-Campus Orientation prior to starting rotations (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Interns will spend 4 days in Huntington, W.V. meeting faculty, reviewing internship requirements and becoming familiar with documentation procedures.


General Description of Internship Rotations

Medical Nutrition Therapy

The medical nutrition therapy supervised practice experience and didactic learning activities prepare interns to implement the nutrition care process with various populations and diverse cultures, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant/lactating females, and the elderly. Disease states and conditions with MNT could include weight management and obesity, pediatrics, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, cardiovascular disease, vascular disease, pulmonology, nephrology, burns, transplants, and parenteral and enteral feeding.

School Nutrition Education

Offer “in-school” nutrition education to a diverse population of children and adolescents and acquire skills necessary to design and deliver curricular materials and interventions related to policy, system, and environmental nutrition and physical activity change to pre-K through grade 12.

Foodservice Management

The foodservice management supervised practice experience and didactic learning activities prepare interns for the production and delivery of meals for patients or students. Interns will work with the facilities’ retail operations, all activities related to menu processing and the service of meals, and nourishments and enteral feedings to patients. Dietetic interns gain experience in systems related to food production, distribution and service operations, the maintenance and sanitation of the serving pantries and equipment, managing human resources and quality assurance, and continuous quality improvement.

Community Nutrition 

The community nutrition supervised practice experience and didactic learning activities prepare interns to practice in a community-based nutrition program. Hands-on experiences include conducting community nutrition assessments, providing counseling and education, conducting wellness promotion activities, and participating in project-related time management duties. Interns will develop skills in evaluating and applying government program guidelines and policies to understand the role of public policy in the regulation of community nutrition programs. Interns will promote good health and wellness to people of all ages. They will also learn how to interact and appropriately educate groups of people.

Professional Development

Each dietetic intern is scheduled for a professional development rotation for 16 hours during the DDI experience. During this rotation, dietetic interns are able to attend a conference or conference meeting(s) to gain experiences based on individual interest and possible future professional goals while meeting program competency requirements. These conferences can include any of the following: State Affiliate’s (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Annual Conference or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference Expo. It can also include professional continuing education opportunities (e.g. Lunch-N-Learn sessions) through state affiliates of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, hospitals/clinics and/or other agencies as approved by the Distance Dietetic Coordinator.


Program Completion Requirements

Upon successful completion of the following criteria, the intern will receive a Verification Statement and become eligible to take the Registration Examination:

Upon successful completion of the following criteria, the intern will receive a Verification Statement and become eligible to take the Registration Examination:

  1.  Ten months of supervised practice in selected sites, consisting of a minimum of 1200 clock hours.
  2. All learning outcomes for entry-level dietitians as mandated by the 2017 Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  3. Evaluations indicating competency performance of Meets Expectations or above in each supervised practice rotation.
  4. Self-evaluation of performance and experience after each supervised practice rotation.
  5. Submission of online portfolio.
  6. Final program evaluation upon completion of supervised practice and didactic requirements
  7. A total of 21 semester hours of required graduate courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Academic and Program Calendar

Interns will observe the University calendar for all graduate classes.  Class breaks for holidays will be indicated on respective course syllabi.  Supervised practice rotations, however, may be scheduled during University holidays in order to attain the appropriate number of hours for program completion.  The Internship Handbook is updated annually to reflect these dates and is provided to interns during orientation, which takes place a week and a half before fall classes begin.


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