The Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital creates leaders within the nutrition and dietetics fields by offering a wide range of learning experiences.
The Mass General Dietetic Internship is a 50-week full-time, comprehensive program that provides interns with a strong dietetics core preparation. Each year, 10-12 applicants are matched to the Mass General program. To meet the core competencies of a dietetic internship, this program offers rotations in ambulatory care, acute clinical care, food service systems management, community, and business entrepreneurship. A large and qualified staff of registered dietitians (RD) and food service managers provides one-on-one interaction, guidance and feedback to dietetic interns. Interns are given the opportunity to work with a diverse and complex population of patients and employees.
What sets the Mass General Dietetic Internship Program apart? This internship encourages independent thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit. Projects within each rotation are designed so that interns can engage in current advancements within the hospital and explore research and trends within the nutrition field. The six-week Concentration Rotation gives interns the unique opportunity to select an area of interest within the clinical or management fields and gain in-depth experience. The three-week Business Plan Rotation challenges interns to work as a team and devise a creative, effective, and financially sound nutrition-related business plan. The skills gained in these rotations and the many others foster the initiative necessary for interns to succeed after they graduate from the program.
Interns learn in a variety of environments: Interns are able to play a role in Mass General’s “BeFit” program, an employee wellness program that promotes good nutrition and physical activity. Interns also contribute to menu development for Mass General’s eight retail operations and learn about the challenges of creating healthful menu options for a diverse set of customers. In the clinical and outpatient settings, interns explore the impact of disease upon complex patient’s nutritional status and wellness and complete projects of individual interest. Learn more about each rotation.
We take pride in the success of our interns: This program provides in-depth, supervised practice experiences required for individual eligibility to take a national examination and become a RD as well as for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our pass rate of those taking the Registered Dietitian exam for the first time is 95 percent. Being a part of Mass General gives interns access to a nationwide network of successful Mass General internship graduates.
The program has one start date; the internship starts in September, usually the Monday after Labor Day.
Visit the Overview page to learn more about the Mass General Dietetic Internship.
The Dietetic Internship Program at Mass General is one of the oldest in the country and offers a unique variety of learning experiences in many areas of dietetics.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General #1 in New England and #2 in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.