Food and Nutrition Services -   Dietetic Internship


The rotation schedule is developed according to the following guidelines:

Orientation 2 weeks
Clinical Dietetics (inpatient and outpatient) 19 weeks
Food Service Management 9 weeks
Community Nutrition 4 weeks
Event Planning 1 week
National Nutrition Month Health Fair 1 week
Staff Relief, Clinical 4 weeks
Special Projects 2 week
Vacation/Holidays 2 weeks
Total 44 weeks


Clinical Rotations

Within the clinical divisions of the Hospital, 21 registered and licensed dietitians participate in rounds, patient care reviews, and specialty clinics as contributing members of the health care team. Clinical dietitians develop nutrition care plans, monitor nutritional status, and counsel patients having special nutritional needs. Interns will spend 19 weeks observing and assisting the clinical dietitians. During the first semester, clinical rotations are assigned. In the second semester, the student is able to choose some of the clinical rotations of interest.  Clinical rotation options include:

Inpatient Units

Outpatient Units

Medical Cardiology

Surgical Cardiology
General Medicine

Medical Intensive Care

Behavioral Health
Trauma/Burn Unit


GI Surgery

General Nutrition Clinic


Center for Disabilities & Development

Student Health and Wellness


Management Rotations

In addition to providing patient food service, the Department of Food and Nutrition Services serves more than 8,500 meals daily to hospital personnel, outpatients, and visitors.  The department produces all meals in a central kitchen. From this site it serves all inpatient units, dining rooms for staff and visitors, and satellite food service units. A cook-chill food preparation system produces 25 percent of the hot food selection.  Interns will spend a total of 9 weeks in Food Service Management. Rotation areas including: Patient Services, Production, Retail, and Catering.


Community Rotations

Interns spend four weeks observing in community nutrition rotations.  Experiences typically include:  long-term care facilities, WIC, Hy-Vee food stores, K-12 School System, and a correctional facility.