Dietetic internship

2019-20 Dietetic Interns

Chloe Bechdolt (Bluffton University), Josh Carey (Bluffton University), Megan Cipolla (Kent State University), Juanita Gratowski (Kent State University), Rachel Hiett (Bluffton University), Samantha Kavander (Kent State University), Abigail Rohrbach (Bluffton University), Olivia Sowders (Bluffton University)

Ten interns are accepted each year into the Bluffton University dietetics Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), a full-time, nine-month program that meets Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requirements for supervised practice.

  • Gain valuable dietetic experience with an emphasis on Community and Public Health Nutrition. We organize your supervised practice rotations at facilities near Bluffton, but provide the flexibility of elective experiences to address your interests and goals.
  • Participate in professional enrichment activities, including FNCE 2020, group community leadership projects and seminar/class days.
  • Be part of the campus community with access to educational, cultural and spiritual activities, the support of our Center for Career and Vocation, counseling services, and athletic and recreational facilities.
  • Earn 18 hours graduate level credit for practicum experiences.
  • Prepare for the RD Exam with an intensive review course.
  • Become eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetics registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN.)

Our overall intern pass rate for Bluffton’s first five cohorts exceeds the ACEND minimum. RDN Exam pass rates for Bluffton University's ISPP Dietetic Internship are available upon request from Jennifer Little, experience coordinator, or Dr. Deborah Myers, Dietetics Program Director.

Bluffton's ISPP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago Ill., 60606-6995, phone: 312-899-0040 ext 5400,


APPLICATIONS for the 2020-21 Bluffton internship year will be accepted in DICAS during second round application process. April 9-24, 2020. 

2020-21 Dietetic Internship Calendar:

Aug. 24, 2020 - May 28, 2021

  • Orientation Week: Monday-Friday, Aug. 24-28, 2020
  • Thanksgiving break: Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 25 - 29, 2020
  • Christmas break: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 - Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021
  • Martin Luther King holiday: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
  • Good Friday holiday: Friday, April 2, 2021
  • RD exam review course (tentative): Monday-Wednesday, May 24-26, 2021
  • Graduation dinner (tentative): Friday, May 28, 2021

Because of the supervised practice hour requirements, dietetic intern breaks do not necessarily coincide with the Bluffton undergraduate holiday/break schedule.