Dietetic Internship - MS in Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetic Internship - MS in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Michigan State University Dietetic Internship Program will prepare its graduates to become dietitians in state-of-the-art practice, within diverse and challenging healthcare, food service and entrepreneurial positions.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship at MSU is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MSDI program at Michigan State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

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Program Options

The Dietetic Internship at Michigan State has a Community Education concentration while also meeting all of the required ACEND competencies for dietetic internships. 

Please note that Verification Statements are awarded after completion of both the master's degree and the supervised practice.  The internship Verification Statement qualifies the graduate to take the national registration exam for dietitian nutritionists.

The Michigan State University Dietetic Internship has a separate $30 application fee that should be submitted by February 15 of the application year.  You may submit your application fee by either of these methods:

  1.  Online through this secure link;
  2.  Or, to mail your application fee, please make the check payable to:

    Michigan State University Dietetic Internship

    ** Please include a memo with the check indicating your full name and address to ensure check is matched with your on-line DICAS application.

    Send to:
    Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
    Attn: Arianna Perrien
    GM Trout FSHN Building
    469 Wilson Road, Rm 204
    East Lansing, MI 48824

Interns are expected to have reliable vehicles, and considerable driving should be expected during the internship.


The following links provide additional information:

Program Guide 2023-2024

Preselect Process 2022-2023

Dietetic Internship Handbook 2121

Part-Time WIC Program Guide 2023-2024

Mission and Goals

Michigan State University, in collaboration with the WIC Division of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has expanded Michigan State's Dietetic Internship to include three part-time positions for Michigan WIC employees. The purpose of this cooperative effort is to provide career advancement opportunity for WIC staff in local, primarily rural, medically under-served areas.


Contact the dietetic internship director:

Cheryl Coslow, MA, RDN
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Michigan State University
Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, Rm 2112
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-3410