Program Content

Dietetic Interns

Program Content

This full-time program offers extensive exposure to a wide range of clinical and administrative activities. The facilities where the intern will gain supervised learning experiences are found on the UNH campus, but also include hospitals and community organizations in the New Hampshire Seacoast area and sites in Portsmouth, Manchester, Concord and Nashua. Many participating sites outside the University campus are between 30-45 minutes away but a few may take 50-80 minutes.

The UNH Dietetic Internship is a 10 1/2-month program. It consists of rotations in Hospital and Food Service Systems Management; Community Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition; and Nutrition Research.

Vacation breaks are provided between the fall and spring sessions.

Interns enrolled in the UNH Dietetic Internship are non-degree graduate students. The three courses for which the interns will sign up are:

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Dietetics: Principles and Practices (NUTR 929): Includes orientation to the profession and internship, initiation of the applied research rotation, and a three-week long term care food service rotation; 4 credits

Dietetics: Foodservice, Community and Research (NUTR 930): Foodservice Systems Management, Community and Nutrition Research; 6 credits

Foodservice Systems Management: This experience includes the area of food production and dining services management. The intern participates in the operation of a kitchen that produces more than 9,000 meals per day. Innovative equipment and systems demonstrate alternate methods to meet the needs of the clientele. Providing service to the dining service customer emphasizes the importance of good customer relations. The intern works with the department head and managers in activities such as budget development, food production, and problem solving within the department. (7-8 weeks in length, 4 days per week.)

Community Nutrition: The intern will be assigned supervised practice in two UNH or community settings that provide counseling, education, and nutrition-related services in a variety of settings. Involvement with these programs allows the intern to determine nutritional needs of individuals and groups, to plan, prepare, and present nutrition education programs, and to gain experience in counseling individuals with a wide range of nutrition-related problems. (7-8 weeks in length; 4 days per week).

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Applied Research: The intern has the opportunity to focus on a particular area of research interest among projects currently being researched by nutrition professors at the University of New Hampshire or affiliated with the University of New Hampshire. This rotation allows the intern to obtain experience in research design and statistical analysis. (Two weeks in length, with additional integration throughout the internship.)

Dietetics: Clinical Theory and Practice (NUTR 931): Medical Nutrition Therapy; The clinical experiences provide practice in most of the patient care units at area hospitals.  These may include general medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation, oncology, cardiology, nutrition support, and surgery. (14-16 weeks in length, 4.5 days a week.) 6 credits.

 

 

At the end of the internship, the Jean Inman Review Course is provided to all interns at no additional fee. This intensive review course helps to prepare the intern for the RD Exam by reviewing material needed for the exam, as well as providing tips on how to study and take the computerized test.

Dietetic interns will not replace employees during their rotations. They may be expected to perform at a comparable level as planned. The employed staff person may elect to defer typical job duties to provide an opportunity for the intern to demonstrate entry level professional skills. Preceptors will be informed of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Relationship Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Requirements for Program Completion

Successful demonstration and mastery of all components of the Internship year is required for verification of completion by the Dietetic Internship Director, and eligibility to write the registration examination. It is expected that successful completion of all assigned rotations and all assignments related to individual rotations be completed within 30 days of the date of last rotation for NUTR 930 and NUTR 931. If this requirement is not met, the Intern may be unable to continue with subsequent rotations. If an extension beyond 30 days is requested (generally due to extenuating medical or personal situations), the request will be reviewed by the Internship Staff. It is expected that an additional 45 days may be granted for completion of the Internship work.

Successful completion of NUTR 929 is based on staff evaluations. Interns must maintain a grade of “B-” or better in NUTR 930 and 931, and an average rating of satisfactory or better in supervised work experience. Mastery may also be determined by scores on sample Academy-style tests designed to assess entry-level competency. It is expected that students will be functioning at a level of 75% or better by the end of the internship. The Internship reserves the right to deny verification if persistence deficits exist (i.e. inability to perform basic calculations, inability to integrate nutrition care through application, etc.) Interns must meet the minimum level of competence (satisfactory or better in minimum of 90% of competencies) for all core competencies and program emphasis competencies. General consensus among staff and preceptors must be that an Intern is successfully mastering Internship competencies with most being satisfactory or better.

Any costs associated with making up missed rotation experiences will be charged to the Intern based on the extra costs and time expended in designing the additional experiences.