Dietetic Internship with Graduate Credit

The Dietetic Internship with the optional graduate credit (DI-GC) is a two-part program coordinating graduate or doctoral studies and research on the Texas A&M campus in College Station with the supervised practice component of the dietetic internship program.  Typically, interns in the DI-GC option complete at least two years of graduate study and research (longer for doctoral students) before entering into the 9-month supervised practice component of the DI-GC. The length of time to complete this option depends on the length of time needed to complete the graduate program.   Those accepted in the Master of Science program typically require two years to complete the graduate school and research requirements, sometimes longer. Some Master of Science and all doctorate programs require more time in graduate school. The intern may then start the 9-month supervised practice, which starts in August. Therefore, the length of time from start to finish is approximately 33 months, at the minimum.

For more information on the schedule of the Texas A&M Dietetic Internship Program, please visit the Expected Program Calendar Web site.

The benefit of this option is that qualified students may be matched into the dietetic internship component after being selected into graduate school, and are then able to focus on their graduate studies with the assurance that they will be able to start the supervised practice once their academic and research obligations allow.

Please note: Acceptance into the DI-GC option is contingent on receipt of a verification statement from an accredited dietetics program and acceptance into any of the qualifying Texas A&M graduate programs prior to the spring dietetic internship match date.  However, acceptance into a graduate program does not guarantee that the applicant will be accepted into the DI-GC option.

Graduate programs that qualify for the DI-GC option include the Master’s or Doctoral programs in Nutrition, Food Science, Public Health, or Kinesiology.

Nutrition: Pursuing an advanced degree in nutrition can help prepare you for a broad range of career opportunities in the field of nutrition. Many employers require Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to have a minimum of a Master’s degree for advanced level or management positions. Texas A&M offers extensive modern research facilities and an inter-departmental faculty with a diverse range of research interests, including both animal and human nutrition.

Food Science and Technology: Nutrition continues to be a driving force in the food industry and this is an exciting time to be a RDN with a background in food science. Selecting this route can prepare you for jobs in product development, labeling, quality control, and market research, just to name a few. Texas A&M offers state-of-the-art food science facilities and exceptional research opportunities.

Visit the Nutrition and Food Science Graduate Programs Web site for more information on either of these programs.

Public Health: While still a classic school of public health, the School of Rural Public Health concentrates on the health needs of traditionally underserved rural areas. Consistent with its mission, the school offers its Master of Public Health degree program to a variety of communities across Texas, including communities in Central Texas, East Texas, the Coastal Bend region, and in the Rio Grande Valley. Visit the School of Rural and Public Health Web site for more information on their academic programs.

Kinesiology: The Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University offers an exciting array of graduate programs to equip future scholars, leaders and educators for the challenges of the 21st century. This graduate program emphasizes strong academic preparation combined with practical experience and research as a framework for success. The faculty is comprised of talented scholars and teachers who are committed to providing an environment in which students can learn and grow. Facilities are exceptional, and students inclined toward research will find state-of-the-art laboratories equipped to probe questions from molecular biology to whole body performance and from individual to community-based health promotion. Visit the Department of Health and Kinesiology Web site for more information on their academic programs.

Application process for DI-GC
Application to the graduate school component of the DI-GC is separate from the dietetic internship application.  (For information on the requirements and application process for the dietetic internship, click here ) It is best to apply for graduate school early, preferably by December 1st the winter before the spring dietetic internship match.  To be accepted into graduate school, you must have a graduate faculty sponsor who is willing to serve as the chair of your graduate advisory committee; therefore, you should contact graduate faculty personally and early to see if there are openings in their lab or research program.  You may wish to initiate this process before December 1st.  Visit each department website for the list of graduate faculty, areas of research and contact information.

  • Information on the graduate program for the Department of Nutrition and Food Science may be found here
  • Specific information on the application process to the Department of Nutrition and Food Science may be found here.
  • Research topics of graduate faculty in Nutrition and Food Science is available here.
  • Information on the graduate programs for and application to the School of Rural and Public Health may be found here.
  • Information on the graduate programs for the Department of Health and Kinesiology and application process to these programs may be found here.
  • You may be asked to interview with the graduate faculty member to discuss their research and the possibility of you working in their lab.  You will find some helpful hints of what to expect during this interview here.

 

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