The Dietetic Internship Program places interns throughout Portland and Medford, Oregon and Southwest Washington for supervised practice, giving interns the opportunity to experience nutrition care in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Supervised practice rotations provide students with experience in community, food service, clinical, and specialty practice settings. Students practice and apply principles and skills in dietetics and nutrition to real situations under the guidance of professionals in the field. Supervised practice generally occurs Tuesdays through Fridays each week throughout the Dietetic Internship Program.
Supervised practice rotations are coordinated with Monday didactic course topics. Fall term supervised practice rotations and courses focus on retail and patient food service management, nutrition education, and public health. Winter term rotations and courses provide students with experience in basic clinical nutrition. Specialized dietetic practice and unique patient populations are addressed in spring term courses and supervised practice rotations.
Suitable placements for supervised practice are developed by the Dietetic Internship Director and Supervised Practice Coordinators. When assigning primary placement sites, our program takes the match code, student preferences, and several other factors into consideration, but students may be placed in Portland, Southwest Washington, or Medford regardless of student preference or match code. Students are assigned to a primary placement site for the majority of their supervised practice; however, several external rotations give students the opportunity to experience working in a variety of other settings, which may include distance or rural locations. Students may complete one rural rotation during their supervised practice rotations in locations such as Klamath Falls, Warm Springs, Madras/Bend, Redmond, and Pendleton. Distance between the students' primary placement and practice sites may vary and extended distances may occur.
Click on the tabs to the left to discover more about supervised practice in the Medford-Southern Oregon area and the Portland-Vancouver metro area.
Medford and S. Oregon
Nestled in the beautiful Rogue Valley, Medford is the largest city in Southern Oregon and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state. It is just under a five hour drive from both Portland, OR and Sacramento, CA, but also has a major airport that is easy to fly in and out of. With a warm and moderate climate, many opportunities for outdoor activities, and affordable cost of living, Medford is an attractive place for many.
Our Medford graduates have an excellent internship experience with dedicated and compassionate preceptors, and easily find employment in the area upon graduation.
A Medford-based internship may be a good fit for you if:
- You are independent and self-directed
- You have a master's degree or experience attending long-distance courses
- You prefer a tight-knit community and a small cohort
- Your nutrition interests include: long-term care; renal; community nutrition, including WIC; school & other foodservice; and experience at a VA site
- You enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including: hiking; mountain biking; rafting or kayaking; bird-watching; wine tasting and other events
Students placed in Medford will complete all supervised practice rotations in their community for the duration of the program and will attend didactic courses through videoconferencing. Medford students will be expected to travel to the Portland-area a few times throughout the internship, which will be discussed upon acceptance into the program. We accept 2 to 4 students each year into the Medford-based internship.
Sample of Supervised Practice Sites
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
DaVita Rogue Valley
Jackson County WIC
Medford School District (Sodexo)
VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics
Portland-Metro SW WA
Portland is situated next to the Columbia River in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon. Vancouver is just across the river in the SW Washington region. Together, the two create the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Students placed in this area are expected to rotate at sites as far west as Forest Grove, south to Salem, north to Ridgefield, and east to Sandy with occasional distance or rural rotations that lie outside of these areas.
Students of our dietetic internship placed in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area have experiences in a variety of clinical and community settings and attend didactic courses in person at the OHSU Marquam Hill campus. Please note that although match code and other preferences and circumstances are taken into consideration, students may be placed in Portland, Vancouver, or Medford at the discretion of the DI Director and Supervised Practice Coordinators.
A Portland-based internship may be a good fit for you if:
- You need in-person faculty mentorship
- You are interested in completing our stand-alone master's degree after the dietetic internship
- Your nutrition interests include: pediatrics; specialized outpatient opportunities; and a variety of community nutrition opportunities
Sample of Supervised Practice Sites
Adventist Portland Medical Center
Food Innovation Center
Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Oregon Health & Science University Hospital
Oregon Dairy & Nutrition Council
Providence Health & Services Medical Centers
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Warm Springs Health Centers
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Centers
The OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition supports OHSU's efforts to get students out into all types of communities in Oregon. This means that we try to obtain supervised practice experiences outside of the greater metropolitan area for all of our students placed in Portland-Vancouver sites.
Students are assigned to a primary placement site for the majority of their supervised practice; however, several external rotations give students the opportunity to experience working in a variety of other settings, which may include distance or rural locations. Students may complete one rural rotation during their supervised practice rotations in locations such as Klamath Falls, Warm Springs, Madras/Bend, Redmond, Pendleton, or another distance or rural site. Distance between the students' primary placement and practice sites may vary and extended distances may occur.
Distance or rural rotations can be anywhere from 2-4 weeks in length and are usually greater than 100 miles from your primary placement site. Financial assistance or housing may be available, but is not guaranteed. Details will be shared with students prior to starting their distance supervised practice rotation.