Dietetic Internships

Internship Tracks

Maricopa County's Dietetic Internship offers a public health focused supervised practice program with two tracks: (i) a full time track and (ii) a AZ WIC track for qualified Women, Infants and Children (WIC) employees working in an Arizona local agency. The AZ WIC track allows the AZ WIC staff to work toward completion of internship competencies while retaining their employment with their AZ WIC local agency.

Interns in both tracks will work with dietitians from a wide variety of disciplines and be exposed to a wide range of nutrition services from metropolitan and rural areas.

Duties

Interns interact with individuals and groups from multi-ethnic backgrounds representing all ages and levels of education. Clinical, food and nutrition management, community and specialty experiences challenge interns to integrate knowledge gained from dedicated study. Although the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, Spanish-speaking interns are highly valued by preceptors at our rotation sites due to the great diversity of Maricopa County residents.

Application

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All applicants for both tracks will apply through the DICAS online system. The applicants to the full time track must participate in D&D Digital computer matching. WIC track applicants will not participate in the computer match.

2024 Master's Degree Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at Maricopa County Department of Public Health are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

Internship Track Details

TopicFull Time TrackWIC Track
Number of Interns Accepted56
Eligible ApplicantsGraduate of an accredited university with DPD program requirements verifiedGraduate from an accredited university with DPD program requirements verified. Must have worked full time for at least one year in any contracted Arizona WIC Local Agency prior to the internship application due date.
Required GPAA minimum of 2.8
Program ConcentrationCommunity and Public Health
Program LocationPrimarily Maricopa County. Some rotations may require travel and lodging in another county.Determined based on participant's geographic location. Some travel may be required.
Tuition (not including books)$4,500Not Applicable
Hours of Supervised Practice10001000 (880 plus 120 hours of pre-approved prior assessed learning)
Estimated Time FrameSeptember-MaySeptember-June
Upon Completion student receivesAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of dietetic internship completion
Application DeadlineFebruary 15 January 15


Checklist

All materials from this checklist must be submitted through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) between now and January 15th at 11:59 p.m. (Central) for the WIC track or February 15 at 11:59 p.m. (Central) for the full time track.

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  1. Accreditation
  2. Pass Rate
  3. Graduation Requirements

Maricopa County’s Dietetic Internship program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email: ACEND@eatright.org
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
  1. Dietetic Internship


    Physical Address
    4041 N Central Avenue
    Suite 1436
    Phoenix, AZ 85012


    Directions

    Phone: 602-506-8322
    Fax: 602-506-9330

    Dietetic Internship Director:
    Diana Kinsfather, MS, RDN

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