Internships and Research
After completing your undergraduate degree in dietetics, you need to successfully complete a supervised practice experience to be eligible for the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietetic internships vary in length from 6 to 12 months and are located throughout the United States. There are some combined internship/masters programs that may take two years to complete.
During your senior year, you will work closely with the director of the dietetic program at St. Kate’s to prepare your dietetic internship application. Dietetic internship appointments are highly competitive, but St. Kate's has an excellent placement rate — well above the national average.
St. Kate's has the only dietetics program in Minnesota that requires you to conduct original research and present at the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Once you've completed your internship, the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist exam is next. An RD/RDN must complete continuing education requirements to maintain the RD/RDN credential.
Our students regularly present their work at the Sr. Seraphim Gibbons Undergraduate Research Symposium and regional and national conferences. They are co-authors with faculty on research papers and publications.
These professional experiences give you a competitive edge at job interviews or with career advancement opportunities. You also can enhance your analytical and leadership skills through:
- Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program, which provides funding for research during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Program. Current research studies focus on childhood obesity prevention and the evaluation of behavioral and environmental factors related to eating behaviors of children and their families.
- Assistantship Mentoring Program, an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. Dietetic students have worked with professors on curriculum development and research.
The Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Club keeps you informed of professional opportunities at industry events and organizes networking events with potential employers.
High achieving students are eligible for membership in the St. Kate's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu (KON), a national honor society in human sciences. KON provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through monthly activities, community service and fundraising to attend the national KON conference.