The internship consists of 36 weeks or a total of 1260 practice hours with a maximum class size of 10 interns annually.
One class is admitted each academic year which begins in August and ends in April. Interns register for 9 credit hours in the fall and 9 credit hours in the spring semesters.
The program follows the university academic calendar and observes the university calendar for the following holidays: Thanksgiving, 2 weeks at Christmas, and a 3 day weekend during Spring Break.
The community public health rotation includes but is not limited to WIC, Head Start, community research, a food bank rotation and private practice.
Internship rotations include community & public health, hospital and administration, clinical, medical nutrition therapy, foodservice administration, and management, and staffing.
The program has a concentration area of School Food Service Management
Living Accommodations & Meals – Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements and meals.
Uniforms – Each Dietetic Intern will provide his/her own laboratory coat to be worn over appropriate street clothes.
Transportation – Because the affiliated practice facilities are located throughout Houston & surrounding areas, each intern will need access to private transportation and must carry sufficient automobile insurance coverage for collision and liability. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Professional Liability Insurance – The University secures liability insurance for each student prior to the start of the internship.
Work Responsibilities – The work-week is a minimum of 36 hours. There may be some weekend and evening assignments. Students are expected to utilize evenings and weekends to study or complete projects.
Scholarships – Prospective students should explore scholarships available to them from their state dietetic association, state, family & consumer sciences association, The Academy and AAFCS prior to starting the internship. Most deadlines for scholarships are in January or February preceding the school year so interested students should start seeking scholarship money as early as possible.
Association Membership – All Dietetic Interns are required to join ADA as Associate Student Members.
RD Eligibility – After successful completion of the Dietetic Internship program, students will be eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and will be eligible to write the registration examination.
Prior learning – The internship does not consider prior learning experiences as substitute for practice hours.
Availability of Financial Aid and Loan deferments – Students are eligible for financial aid and loan deferment. See financial aid information at https://www.pvamu.edu/faid/.