The Medical Dietetics Program at The Ohio State University offers a combined masters internship program for dietetics students who have graduated from a didactic program in dietetics. The Dietetic Internship in Medical Dietetics accepts eight (8) interns annually into two concentration areas: Medical Nutrition Therapy across the Continuum and Sports Nutrition.

Internship Opportunities

The Dietetic Internship in Medical Dietetics accepts eight (8) interns annually into two concentration areas: Medical Nutrition Therapy across the continuum and Sports Nutrition.

The application process for the concentrations is separate and competitive. 
Applicants may apply to one or both internship concentration areas. Applicants should submit only one application regardless if they are applying to both concentrations; however, a separate application letter for each concentration is required. Include the specific questions related to the concentration in your personal statement which can be uploaded to DICAS.  If you apply to both concentrations, upload the responses to the concentration specific questions to the supplemental materials section of DICAS.

Please be aware that you may not change concentrations once you have been matched to the program. A brief description of the internship concentrations are listed below*:

Medical Nutrition Therapy (Matching C​ode: 474)

The Medical Nutrition Therapy across the continuum concentration accepts six (6) interns annually. The MNT concentration area encompasses all the components of dietetics with rotations in acute care facilities, long term care, community-based outpatient clinics, nutrition support, and research. This concentration allows the development of skills to practice in medical nutrition therapy across the lifespan and across numerous practice sites. The internship is approximately 1300 hours including a culminating experience during the second year of graduate work allowing the intern to practice in one site for a full year prior to graduation.

Sports Nutrition (Matching Code: 704)

The sports nutrition concentration accepts two (2) interns annually. This concentration area would include rotation within the Division I athletics at The Ohio State University with rotations in football as well as other sports to include lean/weight control, team and individual sports.  Food service rotations will be within the training table in the athletic department. Community rotations will be within rehabilitation, schools, and corporate/city wellness programs. Other rotations include acute care and long term care settings. Culminating experiences will be determined by student interest but may include research, professional team or corporate wellness settings. This internship is approximately 1400 hours and will start in July of each year.

Requirements for all Applicants

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale).
  3. Provide verification of having completed the minimum academic requirements (ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics) necessary for eligibility to sit for the national credentialing examination. The program must have been completed within five years of applying for this program.
  4. Receive a grade of C or better in required undergraduate science courses.
  5. Provide results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years. Plan to take the GRE exam before December 31, so that scores can be included in the application packet.
  6. Submit the completed application packet using the Centralized Application System (DICAS) (see below).
  7. Complete a required personal interview.
  8. Submit a processing fee of $50.00 made payable to The Ohio State University and mailed to Medical Dietetics, ATTN: Dietetic Internship Application, 453 West Tenth Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

This internship requires completion of a master's degree. This program is completed in two academic years. 


Admission Procedures

Centralized Application System for Spring Applications:

For more detailed information about dietetic internship applications, consult the D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service.
  • Use program number 474: The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences​ for Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration.
  • Use program number 704: The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences​ for Sports Nutrition concentration.
We will use the online centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System​ (DICAS). DICAS will be available after December 1 for the Spring Match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.

Applicants will need:
  • Three letters of recommendation are required with the DICAS submission. Two should be from college professors/instructors and one should be from a work supervisor. Please choose professors/supervisors whom can adequately assess your abilities to perform in a dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian. When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (e-mail address) for each reference. This will initiate an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The reference form will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472. They will be scanned and included in your online application.
  • A Personal Statement including professional interests, goals, and personal attributes qualifying you as a good candidate for the OSU Medical Dietetics Internship, and which concentration(s) you wish to study. Responses to concentration specific questions (listed below) should be included in your personal statement in 1,000 words or less.  If you apply to both concentrations, upload the responses with the other concentration specific questions to the supplemental materials section of DICAS. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
Medical Nutrition Therapy Across the Continuum
  • Why do you feel training in Medical Nutrition Therapy will support your future career goals?
  • Describe specific experiences that have helped to prepare you for your internship?
  • Why do you specifically want to pursue a graduate degree?  - Include your short-term and long-term goals and how this graduate training will support the achievement of these goals.
  • Why have you chosen to specifically train at The Ohio State University?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement and how will the graduate program in Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University assist you to address these?
Sports Nutrition
  • Why do you feel training in Sports Nutrition will support your future career goals?
  • Describe specific experiences that have helped to prepare you for this internship?
  • Why do you specifically want to pursue a graduate degree?  - Include your short-term and long-term goals and how this graduate training will support the achievement of these goals.
  • Why have you chosen to specifically train at The Ohio State University?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement, and how will the graduate program in Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University assist you to address these?

Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
DICAS - Transcript Dept.​
PO Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472.

When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
Applicants must also register online for computer matching with D&D Digital and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.

Application to Graduate School at The Ohio State University:

Apply by November 1 if you wish to be considered for a fellowship. If you do not wish to be considered for a fellowship, you may wait to apply to the University after you are matched.
Once you have been matched and accepted in the Medical Dietetics internship program, you must complete and submit your application​ for admission into the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Specify Department 045) Graduate Program at OSU.

Note: Be sure to specify School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as the department to which you are applying (department 045). Admission to the Medical Dietetics internship is contingent on acceptance into the OSU Graduate Program.
Individuals providing references for the internship application may also be used as your graduate school references.

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The policy of The Ohio State University, both traditionally and currently, is that discrimination against any individual for reasons of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or Vietnam-era veteran status is specifically prohibited. Accordingly, equal access to employment opportunities, admissions, educational programs, and all other University activities is extended to all persons, and the University promotes equal opportunity through a positive and continuing affirmative action program.​​

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