Developed through a partnership among UW–Madison, UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC), and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the  Dietetic Internship Certificate Program incorporates online advanced graduate-level courses in nutrition with supervised practice at our teaching hospital.

The UW Health Dietetic Internship Program is a supervised practice experience consisting of clinical supervised practice and advanced nutrition learning. The dietetic internship program offers the option of a medical nutrition therapy or public health concentration. The program accepts up to 20 interns.

The internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Upon successful completion of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition–Dietetic Internship, graduates receive a Certificate of Program Completion and a Verification Statement of Dietetic Internship Completion, and are then eligible to take the Registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Further detail about the program, including tuition and costs, is available at the Clinical Nutrition: Dietetic Internship website.


The program accepts up to 20 interns each year, who start in the summer term.  For details regarding the selection process, the program website should be consulted: UW–Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition–Dietetic Internship. The following are the basic requirements:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, as well as ACEND-accredited coursework requirements
  • Have taken the GRE
  • Thoroughly review the Dietetic Internship Application Process
  • Be either a citizen of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the internship; UW Hospital and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Dietetic Internship Certificate program
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for contact information for state licensing boards.

Application steps: 

Step 1: Apply to DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System, by the posted deadline.  Additional application materials include two academic letters of reference  (ideally from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science), one professional letter of reference from a supervisor who can comment on relevant work experience, a complete set of official transcripts for all institutions attended, a statement of reasons for post-baccalaureate studies, and a résumé or curriculum vitae.

Step 2: Register and participate in computer matching to D&D Digital Systems. Please note that D&D charges a fee for the computer matching process.  If the match is with the UW Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship, an invitation will be sent to submit a formal online employment application.


The Dietetic Internship Program will send an email to students who match with UW Health Dietetic Internship with specific information pertaining to admission, enrollment in and completion of the capstone program. 

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Courses must have a grade of C or better to be accepted
Core Courses
NUTR SCI 650 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support3
NUTR SCI 651 Advanced Clinical Nutrition - Pediatrics3
NUTR SCI 652 Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education3
NUTR SCI 653 Clinical Nutrition Research3
Practicum Courses
NUTR SCI 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I3
NUTR SCI 671 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum II3
Total Credits18
  1. Apply the study of metabolic demands of critical illness and how these alterations influence the nutritional needs of critical care patients.
  2. Develop techniques for counseling and education for in-patient and out-patient care.
  3. Assess research articles and solve clinical nutrition problems using research and analysis.