Dietetic Internship


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) will be closing its Dietetic Internship program at the completion of the 2015/2016 academic year. The effective date of closure is August 15, 2016. We will no longer be accepting applications for the internship program. If a current intern does not complete the program by August 15, 2016 they will not be considered a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program or eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. The State WIC Office will continue to facilitate public health/community nutrition rotations for dietetic students and interns from other dietetic education and internship programs. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Strickland at

The internship is a full time program, 40 or more hours per week for 40-weeks, and runs from mid-August through late May, with a concentration in public health/community nutrition. The internship provides a minimum of 1200 supervised practice experience hours to meet the 2012 Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards (ERAS). The program accepts four dietetic interns per year. Up to four slots will be filled through the pre-select option with individuals working for the Department of Health and Senior Services or one of its contractors. Additional position(s), as needed, will be filled through computer matching. Those interested in applying through the computer matching option should check our website or contact the program director after February 1st annually to inquire about available positions. The program provides didactic education and clinical, food systems management, and public health/community nutrition practicum experiences.

International students must have their academic degree validated as equivalent to the bachelor’s or master’s degree conferred by a US regionally-accredited college or university. The summary section of the evaluation report MUST state “From a regionally accredited institution.” For more information go to AND’s website located at for more information regarding international students.

Program Accreditation:

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040, ext. 5400,

Civil Rights:

DHSS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.