Dietetic Internship - FAQs
How competitive is your program?
SLU receives an average of 150 - 200 applications per year for 34 internship spots.
What is your pass rate on the RD exam?
SLU has a 93% pass rate over the past five years. In 2011, we attained a pass rate of 100%.
What is the average GPA of your interns?
The overall GPA for accepted interns is a 3.5.
Where should I live?
There are many great neighborhoods in St. Louis. Most interns choose to live in the Tower Grove, Soulard, Downtown or Central West End neighborhoods. On-campus graduate housing is not available.
What will my schedule look like during the internship?
While no two days are the same during the internship the following is a rough guideline of what your days will look like. Interns attend sessions on Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday-Friday interns are in their sites during the day. These schedules can vary depending on the rotation and facility. Graduate classes are typically held from 5 - 6:30 pm Monday-Thursday during the fall semester. Spring semester class times vary depending on the courses taken but are generally still held in the early evening hours.
Where are the rotation sites and do I need a car?
Rotation sites are located all over the St. Louis metropolitan area. The furthest site is approximately 40 miles from SLU. While some of the sites are located close to metro bus and light-rail stops it is necessary to have a vehicle.
How long does the internship last?
The internship begins in early August and finishes at the end of May.
Is there financial aid available?
Financial aid is available through the graduate school, learn more by clicking here. For students choosing to stay at SLU to finish their Masters Degrees graduate assistantships are available.
How long will it take me to finish my graduate degree after the internship?
Each masters concentration will require different courses, thus will take each person a different amount of time. Depending on how many courses you take per semester you can finish the master's degree anywhere from one (1) to two (2) additional years.
How many interns stay to complete their masters after the internship?
Anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the interns will stay to finish their master's degrees at SLU. There are graduate assistantships available to students, which must be applied for during the internship. Graduate assistantships are generally announced during April of the internship and include tuition reimbursement and a stipend. Click here to learn more about Nutrition and Dietetics graduate degrees.
What is the average cost per month of an apartment in St. Louis?
Depending on if you choose to rent a studio, one bedroom or two bedroom prices vary. A studio apartment rent can cost between $500-800/month, a one bedroom can cost between $600-700/month, and a two bedroom can cost around $800-900/month. These prices are estimations, but are based off of what current interns and graduate assistants are paying. Also note that these do not include utilities.