Dietetic Internship

Important Information about the Tri-County Health Department  (TCHD) Dietetic Internship Program

At this time, the TCHD Dietetic Internship will be on 'Admission Hold' for the upcoming dietetic intern calendar year (Fall 2022-Spring 2023). We will share updates as we continue to gather more information about the future of the dietetic internship program. Thank you for your patience and support. If you have questions, please reach out to Michelle Harris, Dietetic Internship Program Director. Please read the following letter that we have sent to internship preceptors and partners. 

Screenshot 2021-11-17 100920Dietetic Internship Admission Hold Letter

Public Health / Community Nutrition Internship

Tri-County Health Department offers a dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15
  16. 16
  17. 17
  18. 18
  19. 19
  20. 20
  21. 21
  22. 22
  23. 23
  24. 24
  25. 25
  26. 26
  27. 27
  28. 28
  29. 29
  30. 30
  31. 31
  32. 32
  33. 33
  34. 34

Process to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN)

  1. A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Successful completion of program will result in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) issuing a verification statement for eligibility to complete a dietetic internship.
  2. Complete ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP). Typically, a program will run eight to 24 months in length. Successful completion of program will result in a Dietetic Internship (DI) verification statement which establishes eligibility to sit for the national standardized exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) dietetic registration national exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. Complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)".

Internship Features

  • Community Nutrition / Public Health Concentration
  • Six interns selected annually during Spring Match
  • 10.5-month program (46 weeks)
  • Wide variety of dietetic experiences and didactic opportunities
  • Variety of learning opportunities through attending local conferences and dietetic association meetings
  • Over 30 RDs on staff at Tri-County and many opportunities to network with local area RDN's (of which 11 RD's are past TCHD dietetic interns)
  • Caring preceptors to guide interns
  • Graduates have a 97% first-time pass rate on RD exam, which meets ACEND requirements with commendation

∗ Outcome data on program objectives are available upon request

Application Deadline

Tri-County's internship participates in the Spring Match. Applications must be submitted via DICAS by February 15, 2022 (11:59 pm Central Time). The application fee of $70 must also be paid to Tri-County Health Department by February 15, 2022.  The application fee can be paid for online or via check. For more information, check out our current year dietetic intern handbook, titled 2021-2022 Dietetic Intern Handook (PDF).

Tri-County's internship participates in the computer matching process through D&D Digital Systems. For more information, contact Dietetic Internship Director Michelle Harris at 720-200-1513 or follow us on Facebook.

This program is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. ACEND can be reached at 800-877-1600, ext. 5400, or in person at: 

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Dietetic Internship Informational Meeting Dates

Thank you for your interest in the Dietetic Internship Program at Tri-County Health Department. At this time we will be hosting upcoming informational meetings virtually via Zoom.  

Monday, November 29th, 2021


Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

4:00-6:00pm (MST)

Please contact Michelle Harris at to RSVP for your meeting day and time you would like to attend.  We look forward to having you join us virtually to learn more about what it's like to be a dietetic intern with a local public health agency.

To join via Zoom