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Nutrition and Dietetics Interns from the Class of 2019 standing outside under a tree

SDSU NDI Class of 2019 Accepted Interns (back row): Ryan Folley (SDSU), Greg Davila (Sam Houston State, Texas), Dan Marquette (Concordia), Jenna Christianson (SDSU), Rachel Astleford (SDSU), Shaylee Menage (SDSU), Sophie Loberg (University of MN, Twin Cities), Kelsey Kessler (UN-Lincoln). (Front row): Lily Sanderson (SDSU), Anna Barr (SDSU), Haley Strait (SDSU), Sarah Maikon (Iowa State), Francine Hoffman (SDSU), Lauren Anderson (Iowa State), Kylie Serie (SDSU).

The NDI has accepted its last cohort of 11 interns from the preselect process with a program start date of fall, 2022 and planned graduation in May of 2024. The NDI will not be accepting any interns during the spring 2022 or 2023 computer match. Please refer to the SDSU Nutrition and Dietetics program webpage for updates and information on the new NDGP option starting in 2022!

Why Choose Our NDI?

The SDSU Nutrition and Dietetics Internship (NDI) has a lot to offer:

  • An MS in Nutrition and Exercise Science + supervised practice completed in 22 months.
  • Nutrition or Exercise Science specialization options.
  • Emphasis in Public Health option.
  • Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention graduate certificate completion; dependent on study track.
  • Affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.
  • Lower cost of living compared to many larger cities
  • Potential for graduate assistantships and tuition remission the first year; dependent on availability.
  • Experienced and dedicated preceptors in a variety of management, clinical and community settings.
  • Community concentration with unique rotation opportunities in retail grocery stores, WIC, Department of Health, schools, SDSU Extension and Indian Health Services.
  • Media training, farm tours, interprofessional simulations, legislative advocacy meetings and attendance at the annual SDAND Conference.
  • Rotation sites located by program director, tailored to meet interests and priorities of the intern.
  • Pocket guides and other tools provided at no additional cost for clinical rotations.
  • RD exam preparation practice tests and study guides provided at no additional cost.
  • Job seeking and placement assistance.

Interested in Learning More?

Becky Jensen

Becky Jensen
South Dakota State University
Health & Nutritional Sciences
SWG 449, Box 2275A
Brookings, SD 57007

NDI Program Director/Instructor

I am more than happy to visit with you and get you excited about our NDI! Unique community experiences combined with preparation in state-of-the-art facilities from experienced preceptors await our dietetic interns. We are dedicated to supporting our interns as they move forward in this part of their career journey. Private tours available upon request.

Pathway to becoming an RD/RDN:

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's Graduate Degree Requirement webpage. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Nutrition & Dietetics Internship at South Dakota State University are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements, visit CDR's State Licensure webpage.

SD is among 46 states that have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics. State licensure and state certification are separate from the registration exam by CDR. Information on state licensure which may be required before an RD/RDN can practice in several states is provided on the CDR website.

The SD codified law and administrative rules regarding dietetics and nutrition and the state licensure process are found on the South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council website. Application information for the SD Licensed Nutritionist process is available on the SD Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners site.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN, visit the ACEND Information for Students webpage.

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ACEND Accreditation Statement

eat right. Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutriction and Dietetics


The South Dakota State University Nutrition and Dietetics Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800-877-1600) ext. 5400.

The SDSU NDI program meets the requirements for an intern to complete an ACEND - Accredited Supervised Practice Program, which is required prior to taking a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).