Schedules

1000+ Hours of Experience

Below, you will find information on the overall yearly schedule, a typical week's outline, a sample rotation schedule, and the timing of graduate courses.

The dietetic internship is approximately 11 months long. The table below lists the tentative schedule for the 2022-2023 internship cycle. Please note that these dates are subject to change. The internship generally follows the official Texas State calendar for most major holidays and breaks; however, rotations may begin before or end after the academic semesters, as indicated below. This supervised practice schedule integrates with the MS Program in Human Nutrition.

Dates Activity Description
7/5/22 – 8/5/22 Summer II Semester Classes held Monday – Friday (Spanish for the Nutrition Professional & Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy)
8/15/22 – 8/19/22 Orientation Week Case studies, Food Security Learning Community meetings, and rotation preparation
8/22/22 Fall Rotations Begin Rotations are every week, Tuesday – Friday from approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (but hours will vary depending on the rotation).
8/22/22 Fall Classes Begin Classes held Mondays from approximately 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Practicum & Seminar in Nutrition in the Lifespan)
11/22/22 – 11/25/2022 Thanksgiving Break No classes or rotations
12/09/22 Fall Classes End
12/09/22 Fall Rotations End
12/10/22 – 1/1/23 Semester Break
1/2/23 Spring Rotations Begin Rotations are every week, Tuesday – Friday from approximately 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (but hours will vary depending on the rotation).
1/17/23 Spring Classes Begin Classes held Mondays from approximately 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Practicum & Advanced Community Nutrition)
3/13/23 – 3/17/23 Approximate Spring Break NOTE: Actual Spring Break dates for each intern may vary by a week or two to accommodate rotation schedules.
5/5/23 Spring Classes End
5/5/23 Spring Rotations End
5/8/23 – 5/12/23 Exit Week Role playing, RD exam prep, job prep

Weekly Schedule

Throughout the supervised practice portion of the MS/DI, interns can expect to be busy for approximately 40 hours per week. During the summer semester, classes are held from about 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. During the fall and spring semesters, interns are in classes on Mondays from about 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, and in rotations Tuesdays - Fridays from about 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Actual rotation hours vary depending on preceptor and site (for example, most food service rotations begin at 5:00 am), but interns are expected to complete at least 32 hours per week during their rotations.

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Supervised Practice Rotations

Rotations are grouped into three categories: clinical, business/management, and community. Interns rotate through 10-15 different organizations over the course of their supervised practice. This exposure provides interns with a broad experience of the role and scope of the Registered Dietitian and  facilitates networking for future employment. 

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Graduate Courses

Typically, interns take the following graduate courses during supervised practice:

  • Summer 2: Spanish for the Nutrition Professional* and Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Fall: Advances in Child Nutrition
  • Spring: Advanced Community Nutrition

*Fluent Spanish speakers can test out of this course and choose another elective for this semester.