Each year, the KSC Dietetic Internship will accept 16 interns during the April matching through DICAS. We will accept 10 interns into the regular (local) track, and 6 interns into the distance clinical track. See “Clinical” below for more information about the distance clinical track.
The internship year begins in September, and the program provides a minimum of 1,320 hours of practical field experience. We are a full-time internship that accepts up to two part-time interns per year. The full-time option should be completed in 11 to 12 months. The part-time option should be completed in 12 to 18 months.
Rotations, Rotations, Rotations!
Orientation and Advising
Orientation will take place on campus in the beginning of September. These classes are designed to prepare you for independent work throughout the internship.
Class Days (held every Monday in the Fall and Spring semesters)
Classes will help expand on the knowledge and skills you gain on site. Fall classes include Clinical Nutrition Applications and Educating Through the Lifecycle. Spring classes include Food, Wellness and Social Environment and Research and Health Promotion. Classes often include guest speakers who cover a variety of topics including: clinical disease states, nutrition care process, research, grant writing, nutrition support, behavior change, foodservice, entrepreneurship, whole foods, energetics of food and the body, complementary medicine, herbs, and more. Eighteen graduate credits, offered through the graduate Department of Education, are earned during class days and field experience throughout the year.
Community Wellness and Nutritional Health Promotion (400 hours)
This rotation requires interns to spend a minimum of 400 hours working with clients in all phases of life and in a variety of community settings. You will spend 40 hours working with each of the following: children, adolescents, adults, and mature adults. You will also work 40 hours in an outpatient nutrition education setting. The remaining hours may be spent working with groups depending on intern interest and community needs. This rotation will provide you with experience in outpatient, public health, and community settings. (Note: Rotations in eating disorders and sports nutrition are not currently available, and there are limited opportunities for private practice counseling.)
Clinical (440 hours)
This rotation requires interns spend a minimum of 55 eight-hour days (at least 440 hours) gaining clinical nutrition knowledge in a clinical facility. Clinical rotations take place in one or a combination of the following settings: acute care, sub-acute care, long-term care, and rehabilitation hospitals. Interns will be expected to perform with increasing competence and independence through the course of the rotation. By the end of the rotation, you will be able to provide staff relief at your clinical site. These placements are individualized based on availability and your prior experience and interests. Note that because there are a limited number of clinical opportunities in Keene, you can expect to commute up to one-and-a-half hours each way to your facility.
After completing didactic coursework and all other internship requirements, the distance clinical interns will return to their home community or geographic area of their choice to complete their 440 hour clinical rotation. Distance clinical rotations will start in mid-May to early June. Interns on the distance clinical track will need to locate their own clinical site and preceptor prior to submitting their application to the program. The hospital and preceptor must meet our clinical site criteria. It is expected that distance clinical interns will complete the full internship in 11-12 months. Distance clinical interns will apply to the internship under a separate program code. Please see the Distance Clinical page and Application Process page of the website for more information.
Management (120 hours foodservice management; 80 hours alternative management experience)
In this rotation, interns will learn how a foodservice operation functions and begin to develop management skills through observation, practice, and supervision. All interns are placed in schools and healthcare settings. The alternative management hours may include working in a different foodservice facility, special management projects, and marketing opportunities.
Specialty (160 hours)
This rotation allows you to explore your interests and create individualized learning experiences. You may choose from a variety of options, including advanced practice in one or more of your community, clinical, or foodservice rotations. This rotation can also be used to explore employment in non-traditional settings. You may need to use some specialty hours if required competencies are not met in other rotations in the allotted time.
Independent Study (120 hours)
This rotation requires a minimum of 120 hours, allowing interns to complete a special interest project. Interns are matched with community partners, research a health promotion or disease prevention topic or issue, and then design an intervention. When a community partner is not available in the intern’s area of interest, there is the option to do a research paper instead of a project. All interns identify a grant funding source, write a grant proposal related to their topic, and present the results of their research.
Pre-Internship Summer Assignments (hours vary)
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to complete six pre-internship clinical review homework assignments. These are comprehensive worksheets covering various disease states, medications, medical terminology, and nutrition therapy. Due dates will occur throughout the summer prior to the start of the internship. Each assignment generally takes 20+ hours to complete.
Program Completion Requirements (for local and distance clinical interns):
Interns will be supported and assisted by the internship staff in order to successfully complete the program. In order to be eligible to graduate the intern must:
- Meet all core competencies as outlined by ACEND (The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics)
- Meet all program competencies as outline by the KSC DI
- Complete the minimum of 1360 hours of practical experience
- Receive acceptable ratings on final evaluation forms
- Complete all of the performance requirements of graduate classes
- Fulfill all financial obligations of the internship (tuition and program fees)
Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will receive a Verification Statement from the Internship Director and be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Click here for more information about the RD exam.