Why Choose Ingalls?

The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System have joined forces in an alliance that combines a top community hospital in Chicago's Southland with one of the country's leading academic medical institutions. Harvey-based Ingalls is now part of the UChicago Medicine brand. Both organizations will retain their names and operating licensure. The transaction joins assets to create a hospital system that is stronger combined than each institution is individually. That includes Ingalls' five outpatient centers, as well as UChicago Medicine's main medical campus in Hyde Park, planned ambulatory facilities in Orland Park and the South Loop, and expansive network of physicians.

Ingalls Health System offers a regional network of top-rated outpatient services in modern settings close to home. It features innovative service offerings, such as macular degeneration treatment from retinal specialists, spine surgery from renowned experts, and more oncology clinical trials than any other community hospital in the region. Ingalls shows its community stewardship in myriad ways, such as free screening events, educational programs and health fairs that reach thousands of south suburban residents. Ingalls has a 473-bed hospital in Harvey, Ill., with 450 physicians in 30 medical and surgical specialties, plus Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation in South Holland, Ingalls Care Center in Crestwood, and Family Care Centers in Calumet City, Flossmoor and Tinley Park. Within this system, it also has Ingalls Cancer Care, Ingalls Advanced Orthopedic Institute, Ingalls Heart Care Center and Ingalls Home Care & Hospice.

Ingalls can provide an experience that allows an intern to learn in an environment that has the sophistication of a big city hospital and the personalized care of a community hospital. In this unique setting, interns work in an atmosphere where a free exchange of ideas and learning is encouraged and at the completion of the program have developed the perspective and skills to be an asset in healthcare organizations and community wellness settings. Although most of the training will be provided at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, up to 14 weeks may be provided by affiliating organizations within the Chicago area. With the exception of one (1) week of Special Practice, the internship director will locate all supervised practice sites for the interns.

The Ingalls Advantage:

  • Outstanding Reputation
  • Intensive Learning
  • Sophisticated Surroundings
  • Personalized Quality Care
  • Teamwork
  • Community Health Promotions

Dietetic Internships

To be eligible for the Dietetic Internship program, one must first complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that grants at least a bachelor's degree and that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). After you receive your degree and verification statement, you are then eligible to complete a supervised practice experience in an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship Program (such as the Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship). Upon successful completion of a 1200-hour supervised practice program, each intern will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become credentialed as a RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist, through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For further information, please visit https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/registration-eligibility-requirements-for-dietitians

The Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Continuation of full accreditation was granted in January 2017 for a term of seven years.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
phone: 312.899.0040 (ext. 5400)
fax: 312.899.4817
E-Mail: acend@eatright.org

ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship

Our MISSION STATEMENT is to provide quality education and practical experience to our Dietetic Interns so that they will become competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists dedicated to improving the health of the communities they serve. The Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship program accepts nine (9) interns each year. The dietetic internship offers two concentrations: The Medical Dietetics Concentration and the Wellness Nutrition Concentration; four (4) interns will be selected into Medical Dietetics Concentration and five (5) interns will be selected into the Wellness Nutrition Concentration. The Medical Dietetics concentration provides additional experience in Medical Nutrition Therapy while the Wellness Nutrition concentration provides additional experience in Wellness and Community Nutrition. Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship will ensure that dietetic interns follow the standards established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Accreditation Council in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in regards to education and professional conduct. The internship will prepare graduates to work with culturally diverse groups and serve their communities as highly qualified professionals in the field of dietetics.

Dietetic Internship Program Goals & Objectives

Goal 1: Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to competently perform professional positions in the area of food and nutrition as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.

Objective 1: 85% of the graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.

Objective 2: 85% of the graduates will successfully complete the CDR credentialing exam within one (1) year following first attempt.

Objective 3: 85% of the graduates will be employed in the field of dietetics within one (1) year of graduation.

Objective 4: After first year of employment, 75% of employers will rank "above average" in professional knowledge and skills as compared to other entry level dietitians.

Objective 5: After first year of employment, 75% of program graduates will rank themselves above average in professional knowledge and skills as compared to other entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

Objective 6: 90% of students will complete the dietetic internship program within 150% of the time planned for completion (within 15 months).

Goal 2: Ingalls Memorial Hospital Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to become leaders in the communities that they serve.

Objective 1: An average of 50% of graduates will report that they are employed in a management or director position; have been appointed or elected to a leadership position in a dietetic-related organization; or serve as preceptor within a five-year period.

All program outcomes are available upon request. Please contact:

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Dietetic Internship
Ingalls Memorial Hospital

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and Ingalls Memorial Hospital cooperate in the responsibility of training dietitians and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry. The Ingalls Hospital Dietetic Internship protects student civil rights and complies with institutional equal opportunity programs.

This intense 43 week learning opportunity, which begins the Monday prior to Labor Day, will give the dietetic intern practical experience in Clinical Dietetics and Food Service Management as the core. In addition, options of two concentration tracks are available-Medical Dietetics or Wellness Nutrition. The Ingalls program has a long history of solid preparation for entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists. The core practical experience will continue to provide competencies in clinical dietetics and food service management. In addition to the core training for all interns, eight weeks of concentrated experience will be completed in the Medical Dietetics option or the Wellness Nutrition option. The Medical Dietetics option includes Advanced Nutrition Support, Outpatient Renal Nutrition, Long Term Care, Outpatient Nutrition Counseling and Community Nutrition. The Wellness Nutrition option incorporates community and wellness in various settings including park districts, schools, wellness centers, and community centers. The Wellness Nutrition option provides an in-depth opportunity to enhance education skills and program planning.

Seminars, field trips, conferences and lectures will be included to enhance practical skills and give the intern an overall view of dietetics and the role of the dietitian in a multi-disciplinary healthcare setting.

Although most of the training will be provided at Ingalls up to 14 weeks may be provided by affiliating organizations within the Chicago area.

To complete the program, interns must complete a minimum of 1200-hours supervised practice and complete all ACEND requirements and demonstrate competency by completing all learning objectives in a satisfactory manner. Upon completion of the program, the intern will receive a verification statement and will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians to become credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

August 21, 2017 through June 6, 2018

Future - Class of 2018
August 20, 2018 - June 5, 2019


Each dietetic intern will be entitled to take two weeks of vacation time during the program. Typically there is a winter and spring vacation. However if an intern has a specific request, accommodations may be possible. Additionally, each intern has two personal days to use throughout the internship.

The hospital observes the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Day

Both Medical Nutrition Therapy and Food Service Management rotations will serve as the core for both concentration tracks. Interns in both concentrations will learn disease process and lifestyle change in relation to the diet. Interns will acquire this knowledge in a fast-paced medical environment keeping them well informed of the latest medical practices. The intern will progress through various clinical rotations such as cardiology, renal nutrition and enteral nutrition. All interns will learn how to accurately assess a patient's nutritional status through data collection, patient interviews, physical assessment and consultation with members of the health care team. Interns will also counsel outpatients and teach nutrition education classes. The clinical rotations end with Staff Relief in which the intern will assume total responsibility as the RDN (under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).

All interns will further their knowledge and managerial skills in food production, food distribution and cafeteria operations as well as enhance food marketing skills as they progress through the food service management rotations. Ingalls provides the opportunity to manage a large diverse food service operation, employing over 80 food service workers serving patients and employees, including catering functions. In addition, ARAMARK contracts with Ingalls and this provides interns with an opportunity to gain the latest managerial information from one of the largest healthcare food service contract companies in the United States.

Core Rotations for All Interns
Clinical NutritionFood ServiceOther
Clinical Nutrition OrientationFood Service ManagementOrientation
Clinical Nutrition I, II Guest Service ManagementSeminar/Research
CoronaryAdministrative ReliefOutpatient Medicaid Nutrition Clinic
Renal Community Events
Gastrointestinal/Surgery Special Practice
Wound Care Ingalls Rooftop Garden
Oncology Professional Issues
Nutrition Support/Critical Care  
Pregnancy and Lactation  
Clinical Staff Relief  

Concentration Tracks
Medical DieteticsWellness Nutrition
Advanced Nutrition SupportPublic Health Programming and Engagement
Outpatient RenalNutrition and Physical Activity in Schools
Long Term Care/RehabCorporate Wellness Food Service
Outpatient Diabetes CenterFamily Care Center

Appointment is based upon academics, work experiences, references, and communication skills (in descending order of importance). Applicants should have an overall grade point average of 3.0 to apply. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an acceptable agency. Application materials will be accepted using the centralized application process. A $60 non-refundable application fee and form to denote specific concentration desired must be mailed to the program by the established deadline. See Application and Appointment section below for form. Application materials will not be returned.

Upon entrance into the program, applicants must provide an original transcript confirming a bachelor's degree or official letter from the Registrar or Dean of the Graduating School or original Foreign Degree Equivalency Report and two (2) original Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement. If the date of the DPD Verification Statement is more than five (5) years prior to the starting date of the internship, the applicant must retake at least three (3) credits in a Medical Nutrition Therapy course from an ACEND-accredited DPD or Coordinated (CP) program.

Applications must be received by the program coordinator in February for the following fall class. Exact dates and deadlines can be obtained at the D&D Digital website at https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/index.php.

D&D Digital
3100 S. Riverside Dr.
P.O. Box 887
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515.292.0490
Fax: 515.663.9427
E-Mail: dnd@sigler.com
Web page: www.dnddigital.com

Application materials must be sent using the ACEND centralized application process: Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). DICAS can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. Application materials will not be returned. Ingalls uses the DICAS Application and Recommendation forms and postmark deadlines. Within your personal statement in the DICAS application, include your personal interest in the Ingalls program and desired concentration.

Additionally, a separate application form must be completed denoting your preferred concentration and available interview dates.

Click here to download the Ingalls Dietetic Internship Supplement Application now.

Ingalls requires a $60 application fee payable to Ingalls Memorial Hospital, This form should be sent to:

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Dietetic Internship
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
One Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL 60426-3558

The Internship Selection Committee will review all applicants. Those selected for consideration will be contacted to arrange an interview. Approximately 30 applicants are invited for a personal interview. Although a personal interview is preferred, applicants living outside a 300 mile radius may arrange a media conference call. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be notified.

Ingalls participates in computer matching through D&D Digital. Notification of the internship appointment will be received according to the dates established by D&D Digital. A response by telephone, email or fax for all appointments must be received by 6 pm Central Standard time on appointment day to confirm acceptance of the match. A written confirmation (via email) must follow within 24 hours.

If a student is selected for the program, an official transcript and two (2) verification statements from the DPD program must be sent to the program prior to the start of the program. Any discrepancies between the on-line application and the official transcript will disqualify an applicant. If accepted, a physical examination by a physician, immunization records, background check and a drug screen will be required prior to beginning the internship.

All expenses including housing, meals and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Ingalls does not provide a stipend but does provide meal allowance for one meal per day in the Ingalls Cafeteria.

Each intern will receive a list of fellow interns to assist in arrangement for sharing housing expenses. A car is essential.

Tuition for Class of 2019 (no financial aid is available)
Fees (for Professional Seminars)
Additional Costs
Malpractice Insurance
Lab Coats (2)
approximately $20.00 each ($40.00 total)
up to $200.00
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership



Living expenses will vary based on where the intern chooses to live. Sharing a 2-bedroom apartment in the Northside of Chicago may cost approximately $10,000 throughout the duration of the program.

Transportation cost will vary depending on living location and assigned rotation site. The intern is responsible for the cost of their transportation to and from rotation sites and other assigned program related activities.

What can Ingalls offer an intern?

Ingalls is a large modern community hospital with many specialized rotations including renal, oncology, gastrointestinal/surgical nutrition, cardiology, enteral, and parenteral nutrition. Because of the breadth of our facility, most of the learning experience can be completed at Ingalls. This allows the intern stability in a physical location to learn in-depth the areas that are being taught.

The staff has a high level of expertise and autonomy which is utilized by the medical staff. For instance, diets and enteral feedings are primarily managed by dietitians.

Our food service system is modern and provides skills necessary to work as qualified managers. Activities in the units will allow you to use your creativity in areas such as recipe development, team enhancement and employee education. ARAMARK Food Services contracts with Ingalls to provide food and nutrition services at Ingalls.

The hospital serves a community of many socio-economic levels and cultural backgrounds, providing learning experiences in the counseling and education of patients and employees in these populations.

Our affiliations and field experiences also give the intern an opportunity to see and work in other clinical systems and within the community and within the Chicago area.

Special practice is a unique opportunity to spend time in an area of dietetics that best meets the goals of the individual intern. Examples include business, public health, or specialized medical nutrition therapy.

How many registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are at Ingalls?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) on staff at Ingalls include: 6 clinical, 2 administrative, the dietetic internship director, and 1 in the diabetes and wellness center. In addition, interns work under the direction of RDNs at our affiliate healthcare and community sites.

Clinical dietitians are responsible for patient care including nutrition assessment and education. They are a critical part of the medical team and act as nutritional consultants to the medical staff of Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Utilization of the nutrition care process is part of daily clinical activities.

Administrative dietitians along with food service managers operate the patient and non-patient food services utilizing tools and techniques of one of the largest food service management companies.

What is a typical week for an intern at Ingalls?

Supervised practice experiences are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday. Hours may vary each day depending upon the rotation. The intern will usually be scheduled to work the same hours as the preceptor. A typical schedule in the clinical area would be 8 AM – 4:30 PM. Administrative rotations will vary depending upon the learning experience. You will be working some weekends during the program—primarily during administrative staff relief. Homework assignments are completed in addition to the time spent in the units.

One day a week (typically Friday) is designated as didactic class time. This day will consist of seminars, workshops, lectures, and tours and will take place at either Ingalls or other facilities. Some of these seminars and workshops will be held with other Chicago area dietetic internship programs.

Where do interns live during the internship?

Many interns live with friends or relatives within the surrounding communities and commute to Ingalls Memorial Hospital and other rotation sites. Those interns who need to rent housing in the area usually share apartments with fellow interns. Information on living areas and interns needing roommates will be provided after you have accepted an appointment at Ingalls.

Are graduates of the program able to pass the CDR Exam and find employment after graduation?

Yes, over the past 5 years 97.5% of our graduates have successfully passed the CDR Registration examination within one (1) year following first attempt. Over the past 5 years, 95% have found employment in dietetics or began graduate studies within one year of graduation.

Does Ingalls provide graduate credit?

No, Ingalls does not provide graduate credit.

Does Ingalls offer financial aid and/or loan deferments?

No, Ingalls does not offer financial aid. Loan deferment requests are honored.

The program is fully accredited by the:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
phone: 312.899.0040 (ext. 5400)
fax: 312.899.4817
E-Mail: acend@eatright.org

ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 AM
Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Call 708-915-5723 or e-mail cbacon@ingalls.org to RSVP to attend the Ingalls Open House.

Attendance at our Open House is recommended if it is feasible. Attending an Open House may help answer many questions about our program and what makes it unique.

Cheryl Bacon, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Dietetic Internship
Ingalls Memorial Hospital
One Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL 60426

For more information, contact Cheryl Bacon at cbacon@ingalls.org or via phone at 708.915.5723.