Dietetic Interns
GRH dietetic interns

MAN-GRH collaboration for 2021-2022

GRH collaborates with the Masters of Applied Nutrition (MAN) program at the University of Guelph. This collaboration will provide four MAN students with all of their clinical and food service management training at GRH while also fulfilling all of the requirements of graduate studies and MAN program. If you are interested in this training option follow the application procedures for the MAN program at (opens in new window). As part of your application, please indicate your interest in completing your placement at GRH by clearly indicating why in your Research Statement.

Placements at a glance

Clinical rotations

These take place at the KW and Freeport campuses and are where nutrition care competencies are developed. Rotations can include oncology, medicine, surgery, ICU, pediatrics, complex continuing care, mental health, diabetes and renal.

Management/food services rotation

These take place at the KW Campus where students work alongside the nutrition and food services team responsible for the management of a centralized, cold plating/retherm system that delivers meals to both campuses. Key activities for competency development in this rotation include exposure to service automation, diet office and food service management, human resource and labour management, budgeting, and therapeutic diet and menu development.

Population and public health rotations

These are available through the program and include: public health units, community health centres or local universities. In addition to this placement, dietetic interns collaborate with each other on a hospital-wide nutrition promotion campaign during the month of March.

Practice-based research

Research skills are acquired through the completion of a research project. The project has four allocated weeks but will require additional personal time.

  • Nutrition care pathway for hospitalized older adults: content validation, feasibility and reliability testing.
  • PEN practice question: What are the differences between plant and animal sources of protein in a renal diet and how do these differences affect phosphorus metabolism in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) not on dialysis?
  • Prevalence of phosphate additives in dairy products in Waterloo region grocery stores.


This dietetic education program is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetic regulatory body.

Why Grand River Hospital?

Our mission is to provide you with an exceptional learning experience. You will be challenged and stretched during your time with us, but you will be supported and mentored the entire way. We recognize that you are students, but we also see you as future colleagues and we try to treat you as such.

Here are some other items about our internship program that you may want to consider:
  • We are one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario with almost 600 beds spanning 15 clinical programs.
  • Our childbirth and renal programs are among some of the largest in Ontario.
  • We are the district stroke centre and regional centre for oncology.
  • We offer a team-focused community environment (people will know your name).
  • Preceptors are committed to this program.
  • You will have access to an office, computers, and resources.

Hannah Marcus, dietetic internship coordinator
PO Box 9056
835 King Street West
Kitchener, ON
N2G 1G3
Phone: 519-749-4300, extension 3756