Rotation Information

Clinical Rotations

The Texas State Dietetic Internship offers 10 - 16 weeks of clinically focused rotations. Clinical rotations include seven weeks of inpatient adult MNT and critical care rotations, and at least three weeks of outpatient nutrition counseling. Students with a strong interest in outpatient counseling may be placed in an additional three-week outpatient rotation. Students with a strong interest in pediatrics may be placed in a three-week in-patient pediatric or NICU rotation. Clinical rotations are completed in hospitals throughout Central Texas, including the Seton Healthcare Family, Baylor Scott & White Round Rock, St. David’s Hospital, Christus Santa Rosa hospitals, and New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital 

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Community Rotations

The Texas State Dietetic Internship offers 10 weeks of rotations focused on community nutrition, policy, and public health. Community nutrition rotations focus on pregnancy and pediatric health, food banking and food security, and program evaluation. Community rotations are completed through a variety of partners, including local WIC clinics, the state WIC office, Meals on Wheels of Central Texas, Wimberly Fig Tree, the City of San Antonio Metro Health Department, and local food bank partners. Additionally, interns participate in the Food Security Learning Community taking a leadership role with Bobcat Bounty, Texas State’s on-campus food pantry.

Foodservice/Management Rotations

Food service/management rotations include experiences in hospital and school food service and provide interns with practice in the areas of human resources, leadership, menu planning, and recipe development. Interns spend four weeks in food service management experiences. Rotation sites include local area independent school districts and long-term care facilities. 

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Specialty Rotations

Specialty rotations allow students to explore additional areas of interest and may focus on any of the following areas:

Research in Human Nutrition

Students can work with one of the Human Nutrition graduate faculty for 3-6 weeks of research-focused rotations. These rotations are especially useful for thesis students who need to get a head start or are working to publish their research. Using animal, cell, and community models, faculty are asking innovative questions about nutrition and cancer and nutrition for pregnancy, young children, and families.

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Pediatric Nutrition

Students can complete a 3-6 week rotation focused on clinical pediatric/neonatal nutrition. Rotation sites include Dell Children's Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center NICU, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and the Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin. Rotations are supported by graduate courses to expand and apply pediatric nutrition knowledge.

Other Specialty Rotations

Students can complete 3-6 weeks of rotations focused on other specialty areas. Rotation sites may include the Academy Policy Office, American Botanical Council, WellCats, Food 4 Success, and local private practice eating disorder clinics.

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