1. Can I work during the internship?
The internship is a 40+ hour per week experience. Students should expect to allot approximately two to four hours or more each night to be devoted to projects, homework, etc. Maintaining employment outside the internship is discouraged due to the time commitment required.

2. Will I need personal transportation?
Due to the location of several rotations and attending state and local meetings, a vehicle is mandatory during the program.

3. What projects are students involved with?
WVU Medicine dietetic internship students are expected to complete:

  • Clinical case study and hour-long presentation
  • Food service theme meal day
  • A catering event
  • Participate in National Nutrition Month
  • Administrative project

Learn more about dietetic internship rotations and the internship rotation schedule.

4. Where do students live?
WVU Medicine is located in Morgantown, West Virginia near the West Virginia University Campus. Due to the fact that the hospital is located near the college town, there are many apartments that are available. Learn more: moving to Morgantown, WV

5. What is the gradute registered dietetic exam first time pass rate?
Because of the program’s high standards, graduates of the WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship achieved an 85 percent pass rate on their first time taking the registered dietitian exam.

6. Is WVU Medicine connected to the West Virginia University internship?
Morgantown, West Virginia has two separate internships:

  • WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is a non-master’s 10 month MNT emphasis internship.
  • West Virginia University master’s internship with community emphasis. No rotations completed at WVU Medicine.

Please note which program you would like to apply to as you complete: DICAS, D&D Digital, and fill out supplemental paperwork.

7. How do we select our students?

  • Personal goals and expectations as identified in the letter of application
  • Evidence of scholastic performance — applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 with a 3.0 in food and nutrition courses and a 2.6 in science courses
  • Applicants with lower GPA’s (specifically in sciences) have a more difficult time in our program
  • Work or volunteer experience, preferably in a related field
  • Extracurricular activities and leadership positions
  • Scholastic honors
  • Letters of reference
  • Telephone interviews with the screening committee, which will be arranged by the internship director

8. How are students evaluated?

  • At the completion of each rotation by the preceptor
  • Evaluations of each of the above major projects with grades assigned to projects and homework
  • Mid-term and final cumulative evaluation by the program director

9. How do graduates rate the internship?
Graduates are sent follow-up surveys one year after graduation from the internship. Learn more.