Dietetic Internship

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Program for Dietetic Interns (PDI) was established in 1999 to help meet the demand for skilled dietetic professionals in public health and community-based programs in Missouri. The mission of the PDI is “To provide training in competency skills for entry-level dietitians in public and community health.” It was with this mission in mind that the PDI was designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional intern, especially those currently working in the Missouri WIC program.

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.

The program has affiliate sites throughout the state. Practicum experiences are made in consideration of the intern's geographical location whenever possible, however, depending upon location, and due to limited sites in some areas, this may not always be feasible. Some sites also have limitations of only being able to take one intern during the internship year. If more than one intern is from the same area or part of the state, this may require the interns to travel a greater distance for rotations. Currently, most rotations are located in the Kansas City/St. Joseph, Jefferson City/Columbia, Springfield and St. Louis areas. An intern may need to travel 200 miles or more per day round trip to an affiliate site, or be willing to obtain temporary housing for some rotations. When two or more interns are from the same area of the state or request the same area of the state for rotations and rotation sites will only take one intern, preference is given according to ranking of the intern during the selection process.

To be eligible for the program, individuals must meet specific academic requirements. Other selection criteria may apply. See Application Process for specific details and to download application materials. The deadline for the pre-select option (employees of the Department of Health and Senior Services or a DHSS contractor) is December 15th of each year. The deadline for computer match selection is February 15th.

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.


To learn more about how internship rotations are scheduled, Internship Hours & Scheduling for the Program for Dietetic Internship may be viewed on the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website. To learn more about the costs of the PDI, see Internship Costs. To find out how to apply to the PDI, see Application Process and Application Tips. If you would like more information on the PDI, Contact us through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website.

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, Http://

Civil Rights:

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

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.