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2020 - 2021 Overview Schedule

The dietetic internship is approximately 11 months long. The 2020-2021 internship begins on July 6, 2020 and ends on June 4, 2021. The table below lists the most important dates of the 2020-2021 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.

Dates Activity Description
7/6/20 – 8/7/20 Summer II Semester Classes held Monday – Friday (Spanish for the Nutrition Professional & Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy)
8/10/20 – 8/14/20 Orientation Week Case studies, Food Security Learning Community meetings, and rotation preparation
8/18/20 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).
8/24/20 Fall Classes Begin Classes held Mondays from approximately 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Practicum & Seminar in Nutrition in the Lifespan)
11/25/20 – 11/29/2019 Thanksgiving Break No classes or rotations
12/11/20 Fall Classes End  
12/18/20 Fall Rotations End  
12/19/20 – 1/3/21 Semester Break  
1/5/21 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).
1/19/21 Spring Classes Begin Classes held Mondays from approximately 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Practicum & Advanced Community Nutrition)
3/14/21 – 3/21/21 Approximate Spring Break NOTE: Actual Spring Break dates for each intern may vary by a week or two to accommodate rotation schedules.
5/12/21 Spring Classes End  
5/28/21 Spring Rotations End  
5/31/21 – 6/4/21 Exit Week Role playing, RD exam prep, job prep

Sample Weekly Schedules

Throughout the internship, 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.

Semester Days Approximate Hours Activities
Summer II Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Classes
Fall & Spring Monday 8:00am - 3:00 pm Classes
  Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Rotations

Sample Rotation Schedule

During rotations, Texas State Dietetic Interns are exposed to approximately 15 different organizations providing food and nutrition services in Central Texas. Rotations are grouped into three categories: medical nutrition therapy (including adult clinical, pediatrics, and outpatient opportunities), business/management (including food service, school nutrition, and retail/private practice opportunities), and community (including program planning, maternal/child health, and food security opportunities). This exposure provides interns with a broad experience of the role and scope of the Registered Dietitian, and also facilitates networking for future employment. For an idea of what this experience looks like, please see the 2018-2019 rotation schedule linked below.

Texas_State_Dietetic_Internship_Sample_Schedule (PDF, 67 KB)
Sample schedule of rotations in the Texas State dietetic internship.

Timing of Graduate Courses

Most typically, interns will take the graduate courses associated with the internship according to the following pattern:

Summer 2: Spanish for the Nutrition Professional* and Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

Fall: Advances in Child Nutrition

Spring: Advanced Community Nutrition

*Please note that fluent Spanish speakers can test out of this course. If they are attempting to complete the DI in combination with the MS program, they will need to take another elective course in this semester to stay on track. The DI Director can assist with the selection of an appropriate course.