Dietetic Internship Site Preceptor Pathway 

Meredith College’s ACEND approved Site Preceptor Pathway Dietetic Internship is a unique option that provides students with two secured supervised practice rotations.  The secured rotations include a 12-week Clinical/MNT rotation (which is often the most difficult site to find on your own) as well as a 4-week hospital-based food service management rotation in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area.  In addition to the secured sites, students select and secure additional student-identified rotations.

Site Preceptor Pathway students complete the clinical and food service management rotations in three groups:

  • Group A students complete the provided clinical and foodservice management rotations from August to mid-December.
  • Group B students complete these provided rotations from January to mid-April.
  • Group C students complete these provided rotations from late-April to early-August.

Students will need housing and transportation in the area for the 16 weeks of rotations while in the Raleigh/Durham area.

While the clinical and hospital based food service management rotations are secured for you, Site Preceptor Pathway students are required to find, select and secure the following student-identified rotations or can request local placements for the following rotations:

  • 4-week public health rotation
  • 4-week wellness rotation
  • 1-week enrichment rotation

Please use this Guidebook when finding your other, student-identified rotations and preceptors.

Example Internship Schedule for Group A, B, C

Group A

Group B

Group C
(intern identified sites are done at your own pace)


Food Service MgtStudent identified rotation Student identified rotation


Clinical/MNTStudent identified rotationStudent identified rotation


Clinical/MNTStudent identified rotationStudent identified rotation


Clinical/MNTStudent identified rotationStudent identified rotation


Clinical/MNTStudent identified rotationStudent identified rotation


Student identified sitesFood Service MgtStudent identified rotation


Student identified sitesClinical/MNTStudent identified rotation


Student identified sitesClinical/MNTStudent identified rotation


Student identified sitesClinical/MNTStudent identified rotation


Student identified EnrichmentStudent identified EnrichmentFood Service Mgt




  Clinical /MNT




  Student Identified Enrichment

**During your Food Service Mgt and Clinical/MNT rotations you will be living in Raleigh/Durham for 16 weeks and in supervised practice full time.**

Benefits of the Site Preceptor Pathway Program:

  • Dedicated Preceptor: A full-time, experienced preceptor for clinical and hospital-based foodservice rotations
  • Two Secured Rotations: Relieves some of the burden of procuring sites by providing students with their 12-week clinical rotation and one of their 4-week foodservice management rotations.
  • Flexibility: Flexibility to set up the remainder of the rotations in a location of their choosing (including returning to their home state) as well as at sites of their choosing,
  • Customization: Enables students the ability to customize their internship experience
  • Endless Possibilities: Meredith College is able to work with all 50 states!

Sites and preceptors do not need to be secured prior to applying to the Meredith College Dietetic Internship, however, we strongly recommend to start the process as soon as possible. Please use this Guidebook when finding your other, student-identified sites and preceptors.

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall and DPD GPA, grades for coursework in the professional area, sciences, behavioral and social sciences, and communication courses
  • Quality and quantity of work and volunteer experience in the field
  • Quality of recommendation letters
  • Quality of personal statement
  • Other extracurricular and volunteer activities, leadership, and honors/awards

Contact information:

Mrs. Cathie Ostrowski, MS, RD, LDN, FAND
Director, Dietetic Internship Programs
(919) 760-8419

Dietetic Internship Site Preceptor Pathway Links:


Pre-Select Process

Program of Study


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Contact Information
Cathie Ostrowski
Martin Hall, Suite 122
(919) 760-8419
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