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A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of an Aramark Dietetic Intern

Instead of offering a traditional open house, the Aramark Dietetic Internship has opted to have our dietetic interns and graduates share about their experience in the program. From management to clinical to community, each rotation offers unique experiences allowing our interns to build their knowledge and grow as a professional. View our full Day in the Life video playlist if you have ever wondered what a typical day looks like for an Aramark dietetic intern. In the videos, our interns not only share about their rotation experiences but also how they manage their personal and family life, as well as graduate school, to be successful in the program. 

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The program schedule for the 37-week dietetic internship program starts in August with orientation and ends in May with graduation. The schedule allows for you to start in either your clinical, community, or management rotation, based on the preference of your preceptors. You are expected to work the hours of your preceptor, typically a minimum of 40 hours per week. All hours, rotations, and assignments must be completed in order to receive your verification statement. A sample schedule can be viewed by clicking on Program Schedule.


The internship’s mission is “to deliver experiences which develop entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who enrich and nourish lives.” Goals and objectives have been developed to support this mission. Program outcomes are available upon request.


Our dietetic internship is part of your route to meeting the eligibility requirements for the Registration Exam for Dietitians set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

After successful completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receipt of your baccalaureate degree, your next step will be to complete the practice and learning experiences associated with a dietetic internship. All program graduates will receive a certificate and verification statement once competencies have been fulfilled, indicating eligibility to sit for the RD Exam. The dietetic internship will also meet the requirements for state licensure or certification mandatory for practice in most states.

Effective January 1, 2024, CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam.

Admission Criteria and Program Expenses

Planning for a Dietetic Internship includes understanding the program’s core admission requirements and expenses. You must meet all admission requirements to be eligible for the program. Once admitted into the program, expenses include program fees, cost of living, and technological requirements, such as a laptop computer, high speed internet, scanner, webcam, and microphone, among others. Learn more about core admission requirements and expenses including the program fee.

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Location Selection

The Aramark Dietetic Internship program continues to expand the number of locations available for you to select as an internship home. Rotation sites and preceptors are selected in geographical locations across the country. The Location Selection Sheet allows you to select desired geographic areas. This document must be attached to your application in DICAS. View the Application Details video, available on the Apply page, for directions on how to complete the sheet and upload to your application. You can apply to the program with one application to Aramark, but rank into D&D all the preselected hospital locations where you are able to complete a internship. One application with multiple locations to rank – a real edge on matching!

Masters Degree Available

The dietetic internship has a partnership with The University of Alabama to provide you with the opportunity to enroll in a fully online, 30 credit-hour Master of Science program in Human Nutrition. The program is creatively designed to coordinate with the internship rotations. Courses provide foundation knowledge prior to rotations and other courses align with internship assignments. Your acceptance into the program occurs after computer match. Out of state tuition rates are waived. Federal financial aid is available only to interns accepted into the graduate program to cover graduate tuition and other expenses. There is no need for additional letters of recommendation or GRE Scores. For more information contact

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The mission of the Aramark Dietetic Internship is to develop entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who enrich and nourish lives. If this resonates with you, then let’s take a closer look at why you should choose Aramark. 

Why Choose Aramark?

Whether you want to enrich and nourish the lives of those close to your home or somewhere new, Aramark may have the perfect place for you! Even though we are considered a distance program, you do not have to find your own rotations or preceptors because of our nationwide Aramark partnerships. Our directors work to find accounts who met our preselected criteria so you have a variety of options to select from to complete your internship.

Why Choose Aramark?

Aramark partners with many different types of business – healthcare, education (both K-12 and universities), corrections, and business dining – across the nation. As such, the internship offers you the opportunity to enrich and nourish the lives of those served by each of those types of business.  Our Location Selection sheet not only lists the geographic locations you can select from but also lists the different types of business you can complete your internship.

Why Choose Aramark?

The concentration area of an internship defines its focus. Our directors wanted a concentration that reflects innovation, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Staying in line with our mission, our directors felt a concentration area of Emerging Trends in Dietetics would allow you to find innovative ways to enrich and nourish the lives of those around you. View the Emerging Trends in Dietetics video to learn more about how the concentration area is incorporated into the program. 

Why Choose Aramark?

Pursuing an advanced degree can help ensure you have the knowledge and skills you need to enrich and nourish the lives of those you choose to serve during your career. Our partnership with The University of Alabama provides you with the option to enroll in a fully online, 30 credit-hour Master of Science program in Human Nutrition, which is designed to integrate with your internship rotations.

Why Choose Aramark?

Aramark is one of the nation’s largest employers of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Our Aramark dietitians are found in executive leadership, management, and clinical roles in many of our lines of business, such as healthcare, corrections, business dining, and education. We have an internship because we want to hire YOU!

View our Why Aramark? video to learn more about each of these reasons to choose Aramark as your dietetic internship program.

Are you ready to choose Aramark for your dietetic internship? If so, visit our Dietetic Internship video playlist to watch short videos focused on all aspects of our program. These short videos are available 24/7 so you can watch them at your convenience. Video topics range from concentration area to admission criteria to our application process, among many other topics. Visit our Contact page to reach out to our team of directors with any of your questions or to be placed in touch with a current dietetic intern to learn more about the program.

The Aramark Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 x5400. 

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