The Texas State Dietetic Internship offers 10 - 16 weeks of clinically-focused rotations. Clinical rotations include seven weeks of inpatient adult MNT and critical care rotations, and at least three weeks of outpatient nutrition counseling. Students with a strong interest in outpatient counseling or eating disorders may be placed in an additional three week outpatient rotation. Students with a strong interest in pediatrics may be placed in a three-week in-patient pediatric or NICU rotation. Clinical rotations are completed in hospitals throughout Central Texas, including the Seton Healthcare Family, Baylor Scott & White Round Rock, and Resolute Health Hospital.
The Texas State Dietetic Internship offers 10 weeks of rotations focused on community nutrition, policy, and public health. Community nutrition rotations focus on pregnancy and pediatric health, food banking and food security, and program evaluation. Community rotations are completed through a variety of partners, including local WIC clinics, the state WIC office, Meals on Wheels of Central Texas, Head Start of Hays County, the City of San Antonio Metro Health Department, and local food bank partners. Additionally, interns participate in the Food Security Learning Community as researchers and evaluators for Bobcat Bounty, the on-campus food pantry.
Food service/management rotations include experiences in hospital and school food service, and provide interns with practice in the areas of human resources, leadership, menu planning, and recipe development. Interns spend four weeks in food service management experiences. Rotation sites include the Seton Family of Hospitals and Lockhart, Hays, Eanes, and Austin independent school districts.
Interns choose research or pediatrics as a focus-area.
Research in Human Nutrition
Students can work with one of the Human Nutrition graduate faculty for three - 12 weeks of research-focused rotations. These rotations are especially useful for thesis students who need to get a head start or work to publish their research. Using animal, cell, and community models, faculty are asking innovative questions about nutrition and cancer and nutrition for pregnancy, young children, and families.
Interns can choose a three-week rotation focused on clinical pediatric/neonatal nutrition. Rotation sites include Dell Children's Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center NICU, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and the Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin. Rotations are supported by graduate courses and research opportunities to expand and apply pediatric nutrition knowledge.