Food and Nutrition Services -   Dietetic Internship

    Program Scheduling

The dietetic internship is a 44-week program beginning two weeks prior to the start of the University of Iowa academic year.  The 2016-2017 class begins on August 8, 2016 and ends on June 9, 2017.  The dietetic interns complete a series of rotations in management, clinical, and community areas in addition to earning 9 hours of graduate credit in the College of Public Health and Carver College of Medicine.


Time Commitment

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics dietetic internship is a rigorous educational experience.  The 9 hours of graduate study combined with 10 months of clinical experience result in an intensive program that requires study and class time beyond the usual 40-hour work week.


During the fall semester, graduate classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays and supervised practice is on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The workweek consists of a minimum of 24 hours during the first semester.


During the spring semester, supervised practice is Monday through Friday with graduate classes in the late afternoon/early evening.  The workweek consists of a minimum of 40 hours during the second semester.


Dietetic interns typically are not scheduled for a weekend but may be scheduled on occasion.  Interns are given work days off for weekend days worked on a one-to-one basis.


Dietetic interns are given four days of personal leave for illness, funeral, personal time, interviewing, etc.  Personal days must be approved prior to use (excluding illness or emergency) through the dietetic internship director and preceptor.  

Dietetic interns are off for the following University Holidays:

Labor Day: Saturday-Monday (Labor Day)

Thanksgiving: Thursday (Thanksgiving)- Sunday

Christmas/New Year: December 23-January 2 (variations may occur depending on how the holiday falls)

Martin Luther King: Saturday- Monday (Martin Luther King day)

Spring Break: One week University Spring Break

Memorial Day: Saturday- Monday (Memorial Day)