• Facts About the Internship

  • Mission/Goals and Measured Outcomes
    The mission of the internship program is to provide supervised practice learning experiences in order to prepare interns to be competent, entry-level registered dietitians.  This is in harmony with the mission and vision statements of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services promising "unwavering dedication to delivering quality service everywhere we are and in everything we do". This is reflected in the professional practice of the dietetic internship faculty. They endorse the purpose and goals of the internship program and are committed to the responsibility of providing quality education for the dietetic interns. They willingly and impartially share their knowledge and skills as they strive to assist and inspire each intern to realize his or her potential as the future of the dietetics profession.

    Goals have been established that reflect the ultimate outcomes towards which the program's resources and efforts will be directed. Expected program outcomes with target measures have been established to assess achievement of program goals.
    The internship will:

    1. Graduate competent, entry-level dietetics practitioners.

    • Ninety percent of the interns admitted to the DI will complete the program within 63 weeks (the DI is designed to be completed in 42 weeks; 63 weeks is 150% of the planned time).
    • Over a five-year period, a minimum of 80% of first-time test takers will pass the registration exam.
    • Over a five-year period, a minimum of 80% of the responses from the annual employer survey will indicate that our graduates perform at an above average level.

    2. Produce graduates committed to the dietetics profession.

    • Over a five-year period, a minimum of 70% of graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics-related fields within three months of graduation.
    • Over a five-year period, a minimum of 70% of graduates will be active members of at least one professional organization.

      Interns are generally on duty 40 hours each week. Additional time is required to complete assignments, readings and projects. Interns will be scheduled to work on some weekends, holidays and evenings. Two weeks of vacation are provided.

      Black pants and polo shirts are to be worn in the food production area. Interns are required to provide their own black pants and non-slip shoes (black or white tennis shoes). Polo shirts are provided. Hairnets or baseball caps must be worn during food preparation (provided). Outside of the production area, business casual dress is appropriate. A dress code will be distributed during orientation.

      Interns are evaluated by the faculty dietitians according to standards developed for each phase of the program. Should the intern's performance be consistently unsatisfactory, the interns may be asked to withdraw at any time.

      Leave of Absence
      Interns may be granted a leave of absence by the director of the Dietetic Internship Program. This leave may not exceed a total of six weeks and the lost experiences/time must be made up.

      Benefits and Services

      • Some meals are provided in the dining rooms of both facilities
      • Prescription drugs are available at employee prices
      • Use of department library, equipment and supplies
      • Two weeks of vacation
      • Two sick days
      • Graduation Reception
      • Deferral of student loan repayment

      These benefits are subject to change without notice.

      Estimated Expenses

      • Application Fee (non-refundable), $75
      • Tuition, $8000. Upon acceptance of an appointment as a dietetic intern, a $1000 non-refundable registration fee is required. This portion of the fee secures the intern's position in the program. The remainder of the tuition is due at the beginning of the program.
      • Student Academy Membership, $42. Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required.
      • Housing (unfurnished), average of $650 per month. Utilities, $60 per month.
      • Food production clothing, $200 - Black pants and non-slip shoes.
      • Transportation, $100. All transportation and liability insurance must be provided by the intern. Public transportation in Colorado Springs is limited so an automobile is required.
      • Stipend. No stipend is provided.
      • Professional meetings, $200. Interns are required to attend local and state professional meetings. Transportation to the meetings and registration costs must be provided by the intern.
      • Affiliation expenses, $200. The intern is responsible for transportation to affiliations and meal expenses outside of the two Penrose-St. Francis facilities. Lodging accommodation costs must be provided for out-of-town affiliations (this involves only one rotation and it can be shared with intern classmates).
      • Textbooks and supplies, $250. Most learning materials are supplied by the program.
      • Academy Membership and Registration Exam. At the end of the internship, the intern will make applications for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and for the Registration Exam.


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