OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Dietetic Internship

Our Dietetic Internship program is a 52-week supervised program. It provides stimulating and challenging learning opportunities for the dietetic college graduate.

Once accepted, you will be a part of a high performance health care team and develop leadership skills necessary for a career in dietetics.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the intern will be a competent entry-level dietitian, eligible to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and take the Registered Examination for licensure as a Registered Dietitian.

Dietetic Internship Open House - Friday, January 8, 2021

The OSF Dietetic Internship Open House will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021.  This is a great opportunity to meet us and ask questions about our program.  Bring a list of questions you want to ask.  This is your time to learn about our program!  You will have the opportunity to talk with our current dietetic interns and a few OSF preceptors.

We do offer discounted rates at several local hotels.  You can learn more about the local hotels offering discounts by clicking here .

Feel free to bring a guest, such as parents or significant others.  They are welcome to attend the program and tour.  We will have refreshments and a snack available. 

To register for the open house, email the program director, Ashley Simper at Ashley.L.Simper@osfhealthcare.org

A tentative agenda is below:

Time Activity/Location
1:00PM Meet at welcome desk (just inside the main entrance off the North Parking Deck)


Overview of program

Preparing your application

Discussion with the interns

2:15-3:00PM Meet the preceptors
3:00-3:30PM Tour of Food and Nutrition department and dietetic internship classroom
3:30-4:00PM Q & A time with director and interns

To watch a recording of last year's Open House, click here.   We had a microphone go dead mid-way through, so we apologize for the slight lapse in sound.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are part of a Mission-driven organization
  • Variety of supervised dietetic practice learning opportunities within the Peoria area
  • Innovative learning experiences to help individuals become an effective team player and leader in the dietetic profession
  • 21-week emphasis rotation that allows interns to focus on their area of interest
  • Highly motivated and qualified staff serve as role models, mentors and preceptors
  • 100% of the graduates feel competent to perform at an entry-level job
  • Great learning environment for a self-motivated, self-directed, and self-evaluated learner
  • Free meals
  • No tuition
  • Teaching hospital environment
  • Inpatient and outpatient health care opportunities
  • 30+ year history of dietetic internship with more than 300 graduates

Consider the advantages of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Dietetic Internship program. The program is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

OSF Healthcare is an equal opportunity employer. The program does not offer financial aid, loan deferments or scholarships. The program does not grant supervised practice hours for prior learning.

The thing I enjoyed most about the internship at OSF was the ability to cater the emphasis area rotation to best suit my professional development goals.  I had the ability to select or develop projects that I knew I would be passionate about and would help me improve the skills I thought were important in my future career in dietetics.  I also greatly benefited from the one-on-one time with the preceptors.  The internship program at OSF was wonderful at preparing me for a fulfilling career in dietetics."

Kari Hartel
2010 Graduate

Want more information?

To learn more, or to schedule a visit, contact:

Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN
Manager of Dietetic Services, Food and Nutrition Dietetic Internship Director

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Ave. | Peoria, IL |  61637
p: (309) 655-2942 | f: (309) 655-4022