MSU Denver

Internship Rotations

The MSU Dietetic Internship is a 33-week program divided into rotations shown in the table below and provides more than the minimum required 1,000 hours of supervised practice. The program starts in mid-August and runs through early May. The rotation schedule varies by intern to accommodate all rotations across interns. In addition to the following rotations, a Skill Development Seminar convenes every other Monday throughout the internship.

Each intern receives four weeks of vacation during the program. The exact four weeks are determined by the rotation schedule, which varies across interns. Individual requests cannot be honored. No other vacation time is included, nor allowed, during the internship. Interns are expected to work holidays (except Christmas and New Years weeks) and occasionally evenings during their rotations. The MSU Denver Events and Calendars website lists the current academic calendar:  Contact the Dietetic Internship Program Director for exact internship program dates.

ROTATION Total # of Weeks
Orientation – Skills Development Seminar 1
Clinical Nutrition 1 4
Clinical Nutrition 2 6
Clinical Nutrition Long-Term Care 2
Community Health Nutrition/Food Insecurity 6
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 6
Food Systems Management 6
Elective Rotation 2
Vacation 4

Program Completion and Graduation Requirements

Dietetic interns must successfully complete all rotation, assignment, attendance and behavior requirements and must follow all policies and procedures associated with the internship to graduate from the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship. This includes earning a “Satisfactory” rating from preceptors on all rotation learning activities/projects associated with the ACEND-required competencies. All graduation requirements must be completed within 33 weeks, excluding situations of an approved leave of absence.

If the intern successfully completes the program, the internship director will provide the intern with a signed Verification Statement at the conclusion of the last day of the internship. The internship director will enter interns into the Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) as eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. This will enable graduates to take the registration examination.