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Internship Tracks

Maricopa County's Dietetic Internship offers a public health focused supervised practice program with two tracks: (i) a full time track and (ii) a AZ WIC track for qualified Women, Infants and Children (WIC) employees working in an Arizona local agency.

Interns in both tracks will work with dietitians from a wide variety of disciplines and be exposed to an extensive range of nutrition and public health services.


Interns interact with individuals and groups from multi-ethnic backgrounds representing all ages and levels of education. Clinical, food/nutrition management, community and specialty experiences challenge interns to integrate knowledge gained from dedicated study. Although the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, Spanish-speaking interns are highly valued by preceptors at our rotation sites due to the great diversity of Maricopa County residents.


The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The applicants to the full time track will apply through the DICAS online system, and participate in D&D Digital computer matching. WIC track applicants will not use DICAS nor D&D Digital.

2024 Master's Degree Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree 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:

Internship Track Details

TopicFull Time TrackWIC Track
Number of Interns Accepted76
Program LocationPrimarily Maricopa County. Some rotations may require travel and lodging in another county.Determined based on participant's geographic location. Some travel may be required.
Tuition (not including books)$4,500.00$0.00 (WIC applicants receive full pay and benefits as an intern.)
Hours of Supervised Practice1000 (80 hours of pre-approved prior assessed learning.) 1000 (120 hours of pre-approved prior assessed learning.)
Estimated Time FrameSeptember-MaySeptember-June
Program Completion ResultAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of dietetic internship completion
Application DeadlineFebruary 15 Rolling Application Dates


Please use this checklist to ensure you have completed all the required steps of the application process. The checklist is for your own use and does not need to be submitted through DICAS.  

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  1. Accreditation
  2. Pass Rate
  3. Graduation Requirements

Maricopa County’s Dietetic Internship program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Contact Us

Lisa Clarke, MS, RD, CNSC

Dietetic Internship Coordinator 


Phone: (480) 431-2092

Physical Address: 4041 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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