Graduate Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetic Internship

Ball State’s full-time dietetic internship is designed to prepare you for successful practice as a professional dietitian nutritionist. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), successful completion qualifies you to sit for the exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Requirements and Timing

You must complete 9 hours of graduate credit at Ball State before beginning your internship. Six of those 9 hours—including FCFN 642 - Nutrition Assessment—must be completed within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and you must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Ball State is the only university in Indiana that offers 9 credit hours for completion of a dietetic internship.

Two dietetic internship classes are offered each year—one beginning in January and one beginning in May. After a week of orientation, each intern will complete 30 weeks of supervised practice, followed by four days of evaluation activities in the final week. All interns are expected to work 40-hour weeks during their supervised practice, which will be broken down as follows:

  • Nine weeks (360 hours) in hospital food systems management rotation
  • 12-13 weeks (520 hours) in hospital nutrition therapy rotation (12 weeks for those attending the diabetes camp)
  • Two four-week (320 hours) rotations in community/business nutrition

Site Selection and Exam Prerequisites

Your internship can take place at various sites throughout Indiana; to determine your placement, our site selection committee will use your input, work experience, and career goals.

You will be eligible to take the exam after you've:

  • Completed 9 Ball State graduate credit hours earned through the dietetic internship supervised practice with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Completed the prerequisites of 9 graduate credit hours (6 of them from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences) with a grade point average of 3.0 (grade B) or better
  • Received a verification statement of successful completion of the dietetic internship from the program director

More Information

Download our dietetic internship program handbook (PDF), and contact dietetics internship director Lydia Ballenger for more information.


If you’re ready to apply for Ball State’s nutrition and dietetics program, learn more about the process.

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