Admission to Graduate College

Students must be admitted to the UNL Graduate College. Although completion of a master's degree program is not required, the majority of recent interns have completed the master's degree. The graduate application is a separate procedure from the dietetic internship program application.

Admission Requirements for Internship

The student must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Provide evidence of having completed Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Minimum Academic Requirements as specified by ACEND
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point system
  • Have completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Be admitted to the UNL Graduate College.

Additional courses in dietetics or a related area are required to update a degree which was completed more than five years prior to application to the internship program. Courses taken to satisfy the requirements must be completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. An official transcript verifying completion of the courses with a grade of "B" or better must accompany the internship application. Only courses completed within the last five years are acceptable and must be approved by Program Director.

  • 0-5 years-Updating not required
  • 5-10 years-6 semester or 9 quarter hrs
  • 10 years or longer-12 semester or 18 quarter hrs.

Interns must complete graduate-level Dietetic Internship Core Courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 before beginning the supervised practice experiences in January, 2021.

While not required for application, final admission to the program is dependent upon completing a criminal and abuse background check. The UNL dietetic internship program hires an outside vendor to conduct criminal and abuse background checks for incoming UNL interns. Interns are responsible for the cost of this background check. The results will be maintained in the intern's file.  If the criminal and abuse background check reveals questionable information, an intern may be denied direct patient/client access to supervised practice facilities. This will result in unsuccessful completion of the program. Upon acceptance to the UNL Dietetic Internship, additional background check information will be sent to the intern.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dietetic Internship Program accepts eight dietetic interns annually.