Sodexo Dietetic Internship Site at the Medical University of South Carolina

At the award-winning Medical University of South Carolina, we are "Changing What's Possible". We will become a new site under the Sodexo Dietetic Internship but will continue to offer amazing rotation opportunities!  Under Sodexo, students will have the option here to complete a stand-alone internship, or an internship coupled with an online master's degree either through a MS/DI option or through ACEND's Future Education Model. Depending on your education path, we can help guide you.  The 17-year MUSC director, Kelley Martin will remain as the site director to ensure a quality experience.


MUSC is the south's oldest medical school located in historic Charleston.  Under Sodexo's internship at MUSC, we will remain accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), designed to prepare eligible students to become a "Registered Dietitian Nutritionist" (RDN). Completers of this program are eligible to sit for the national RDN exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Both ACEND and CDR are affiliations of the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics contact:  120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Ill 60606-6995;  ACEND@eatright.org;1-800-877-1600; ext 5400, https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

    Group Photo for the Dietetic Intership

Program Overview

We are an Sodexo on-site program for eligible bachelor and master's students who completed required coursework from an accredited program (see eligibility requirements below). We accept 12 interns per year for this self-paced (approximately 9-11 months), 1000+ hour, full-time supervised practicum. Applications are accepted every February for our September start date.  We are unique in that interns get to work together in different rotations and assignments in-person, and in the greater Charleston area. 

We offer all specialty tracks offered by Sodexo: 

  •  Critical Care Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Leadership
  • Management - 
  • Diabetes 
  • Oncology
  • Weight Management
  • Pediatrics -
  • Senior Living
  • Wellness -
  • Culinary 

Please scroll the bottom of this page for 2021 Open House details. Note this filming was made before we became a Sodexo site, so we have many more electives to offer students!

 

Eligibility Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree, completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics, and a dietetic internship 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 website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

 

Our Success

For our particular site, we successfully meet program goals. For instance, our past 5-year data indicates:

  • 93 percent of those completing our internship site passed the RD board exam upon first attempt; 99% overall pass rate
  • Approximately 90 percent of completers seeking a professional career as a Registered Dietitian found jobs within 6 months after passing the RD exam
  • Of those who found careers, over 35 percent actively practice in South Carolina, a state prevalent in hypertension, diabetes, and stroke
  • After working in the field for 1 year, 92 percent of employers of our program completers (and completers themselves) feel this program provided excellent training for entry-level practice
  • Over 75 percent of completers become leaders in their field by actively participating in local, state, or national nutrition and health care organizations
  • Program outcome data are available on request

MUSC Interns

Watch this virtual tour video (produced before the approval of new Clinical Pediatric MNT concentration track and as a Sodexo new site)

Open House Details

Candidates may also schedule an individual appointment, in-person or phone, with the Director with at least 2 weeks notice.