Frequently Asked Questions
Rotations are scheduled according to availability based on a master schedule of rotation sites in Oklahoma. The work week while on rotations is a minimum of 40 hours. There will be some weekend, early morning and/or evening work for most interns.
The Dietetic Internship program follows the university calendar, except during internship rotations. Internship rotation schedules are set by individual preceptors; interns may be required to work on holidays and/or weekends during some rotations.
Students are responsible for their own housing and meal arrangements. Living expenses generally range from $800 - $1000 per month.
Some rotation sites provide one free meal per day during rotations. Others may offer meals at reduced cost. Interns are responsible for the cost of their meals.
Professional dress, including laboratory coats and appropriate footwear, are required for all internship rotations. Some rotation sites may allow interns to wear scrubs.
Because the rotations are located throughout the state, each dietetic intern must have access to dependable transportation.
Oklahoma law requires that each driver carry at least liability insurance coverage on their vehicle. Liability insurance coverage must provide a minimum of $25,000 for injuries sustained by one person, $50,000 for all injuries and $25,000 for property damage caused by the liable person.
Each dietetic intern must maintain adequate health insurance coverage. An intern may elect to participate in the OSU Student Government Association sponsored group insurance policy or be insured with another insurance company.
Student Liability Insurance
The OSU Dietetic Internship program pays for student liability insurance for interns through Marsh Affinity Group (Seabury & Smith).
Immunizations and Screenings
Interns must provide rotation sites with evidence of up-to-date immunizations as required by each rotation site. Those immunizations required for interns include:
- Complete Hepatitis B Series (3)
- Hepatitis A Series (2)
- MMR Vaccines (2) or positive titer
- Tetanus Vaccine (Tdap) within the 10 years prior to the end of rotations
- Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox) or positive titer
- Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Interns must also complete a TB test and have one completed annually during rotations. Some rotation sites also require interns to provide negative 10 panel drug screening results prior to beginning rotations.
Interns are required to obtain a background check as part of their application to the OSU DI program. Additionally, background checks must be repeated annually while completing supervised practice rotations.
Credit for Prior Learning
The OSU Dietetic Internship may grant credit toward supervised practice hours for prior learning and/or work experience, depending on the type of experience. The dietetic intern must submit a written request to the DI director to obtain an assessment of their prior learning and/or work experience to count toward their rotation hours.