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Nutrition Internship Program

The Maryland University of Integrative Health Nutrition Internship Program provides up to 1000 hours of supervised professional practice in the field of nutrition forthose who hold an advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in nutrition from an accredited institution. The program offers a variety of individualized opportunities, placements, and approaches and a flexible schedulethat enables student internsto create the experience that best meets their needs and interests.

Program Highlights

Prepare for Board Certification

This program is specifically designed to prepare student interns to pursue board certification in nutrition as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠(BCNS) requires 1000 hours of documented supervised nutrition practice experience, along with the passage of the CNS examination to attain the CNS credential .

According to the BCNS, the objective of the CNS credential is to demonstrate that the individual has the advanced knowledge and clinical experience suited for the practice of science-based clinical nutrition.

Areas of Focus

The program offers professional practice experience where interns can choose to focus on one or more areas of nutrition including clinical practice, community education, culinary education, or nutrition writing and communication. Students can select one area of focus or explore several in order to prepare for a career in the field.

Placement Opportunities

MUIH has placement opportunities with more than 30 organizations, including inner-city clinics, family medicine practices, school systems, community centers, farms, and more. While most placement sites are located in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, faculty members may also advise students on how to locate internship placements in other states.

Interns may also find or continue their own opportunities, utilizing the program for supervision, structure, and support, or combine MUIH placements with self-initiated internship experiences.

Faculty Support and Mentoring

Each student intern will be advised by the Nutrition Internship Coordinator to assess their previous practice hours and strategize and build a practice plan that meets their goals, including completing hours for BCNS. Throughout the program, each student intern will receive one-on-one mentoring sessions with the coordinator to achieve an optimum learning experience while ensuring the required practice hours are reached. All paperwork required by the BCNS with approval signatures is included in the internship and will be awarded upon program completion.

Curriculum, Program Format & Schedule


Students will enroll in NUTR 799A and NUTR799B for a total of three credits to complete up to 1000 hours of supervised practice experience in nutrition.

Program Format

The Nutrition Internship Program is a hybrid program. Students will work on-site at locations primarily in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, and will participate in online or phone mentoring sessions with the Internship Coordinator, faculty, and fellow students.

Minimal remote opportunities are available. If you do not live within a commutable distance to MUIH’s internship sites and are interested in the program, contact nutritioninternship@muih.edu to discuss options. Please note that at this time we are not able to accept students into this program from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


The Nutrition Internship Program begins every trimester, in the fall, spring, and summer, and lasts for 28 weeks.

Specific schedules will vary depending on placement sites, and will include options for weekdays, late afternoons, evenings, and weekends to accommodate a variety of schedules.


Elizabeth Owens, M.S., CNS, LDN
Lauren Mirkin, M.S. CNS, LDN, LCPC
Susan Testa, M.S., RDN, LDN

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Nutrition Internship Program, individuals must hold one of the following from a regionally accredited institution:*

  • Master of Science in the field of nutrition, or
  • Doctoral degree in the field of nutrition, or
  • Doctoral degree in a field of clinical healthcare (including, but not limited to, MD, DO, DC, DDS, Doctor of Nursing, ND, or PharmD) AND a minimum of nine semester credit hours in nutrition application/skill courses, six semester credit hours in biochemistry, three semester credit hours in anatomy and physiology, and 12 additional semester credit hours in clinical or life sciences.

For students needing to attain supervised practice experience outside the state of Maryland, admission into the internship may depend upon individual state authorization requirements.

*If your bachelor’s degree was not completed at a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, copies of the institution’s academic catalog may be required and course syllabi may be requested. If your bachelor’s degree was completed at a college or university outside of the United States, a third-party course-by-course academic evaluation is required.

Additional Requirements

Verification of competencies in clinical, culinary, or community nutrition practice may be required prior to internship placement. ServSafe Certification required for culinary settings.

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee: $65 for Non-MUIH applicants, $50 for MUIH students and alumni 

Tuition: $685/credit for a total of $2,055

Technology Fee:$125/trimester


To apply to the Nutrition Internship Program, access the appropriate online application form.

For information on how to apply, see the Application Process page.

For More Information

For more information about the Nutrition Internship Program and placement information, contact the Nutrition Internship Coordinator at nutritioninternship@muih.edu.

For questions about how to apply to the Nutrition Internship Program, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at admissions@muih.edu.

For more information on MUIH’s other nutrition programs, click here.