Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many interns does your program accept each year?
  2. Is there a stipend?
  3. What do you look for in an intern?
  4. Should I compile my application materials into a binder with page protectors and section dividers?
  5. What are the types of projects I can expect?
  6. Are there interviews for the internship?
  7. If accepted, will I be considered a student at the University of Michigan?
  8. Can I receive financial aid?
  9. Can I do my internship part time?
  10. Is it manageable to participate in the internship program and a graduate program?
  11. How are interns evaluated?
  12. Is there a dress code?
  13. What will my hours be?
  14. Do interns need laptops?
  15. Can I come for a tour of your program?

  1. How many interns does your program accept each year?

    We accept fourteen interns. Beginning with the fall 2015 class, eight interns will be accepted for the Clinical Nutrition concentration and six interns will be accepted for the Pediatric Clinical Nutrition concentration.

  2. Is there a stipend?

    There is no stipend for interns who are accepted into our program

  3. What do you look for in an intern?

    A strong overall grade point average, relevant work experience, a strong personal letter and reference letters.

  4. Should I compile my application materials into a binder with page protectors and section dividers?

    No, this is not necessary.

  5. What are the types of projects I can expect?

    Projects vary greatly from year to year, based upon departmental priorities. Some examples are:

    1. Multifaceted food waste study
    2. Meals On Wheels client survey
    3. Evaluation of room service delivery system
    4. Specific recipe development
    5. Development of staffing plan related to process change
    6. Development of training, educational, or marketing materials

    Each intern completes a clinical nutrition written and oral case study and an oral review of literature session.

  6. Are there interviews for the internship?

    No, we do not conduct personal interviews at this time. You will be accepted into this program based on your application and supporting documents.

  7. If accepted, will I be considered a student at the University of Michigan?

    No. This internship is Health System-based and is not affiliated with any of the academic programs at the University of Michigan.

  8. Can I receive financial aid?

    No, but the Director will verify loan deferments.

  9. Can I do my internship part time?

    Part time participation in this internship program is not an option; this is a full time program.

  10. Is it manageable to participate in the internship program and a graduate program?

    Participation in graduate studies while enrolled in this internship is not recommended.

  11. How are interns evaluated?

    Interns are regularly evaluated throughout the program. Evaluations are based upon specific competencies for the respective supervised practice rotation or learning experience. Preceptors evaluate interns and interns evaluate the rotation preceptor.

  12. Is there a dress code?

    Yes, business casual with a white lab coat for most rotations. Note that several community rotations require interns to meet different dress code standards.

  13. What will my hours be?

    Several shifts begin between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and end by 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. However, some days do begin much earlier and/or end much later. Projects and assignments may need to be completed outside of regular rotations.

  14. Do interns need laptops?

    Generally we find that each intern typically has a his/her own computer. The department owns several laptops which interns may reserve in advance to use on-site.

  15. Can I come for a tour of your program?

    Please check our web site for future open house dates. An open house is usually held in the fall of each year for graduating seniors who intend to apply to an internship program that begins the following fall. For instance, seniors graduating in the spring of 2015 who plan to begin an internship in the fall of 2015 would typically attend an open house in the fall of 2014.