NYU Dietetic Internship
- Goals, Objectives, & Outcome Measures
- Program Description
- Admissions & Application
The NYU Dietetic Internship is a full-time program that requires enrollment in three NYU semesters or two semesters and a summer session, which is about 13 months total. The program includes one full semester of coursework (academic component), followed by 27 weeks of supervised practice (on-site component) for a total of 1200 full-time, supervised hours.
The mission of New York University's Dietetic Internship (DI) is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for practice as entry-level Registered Dietitians. The internship prepares graduates to integrate theory with practice and apply critical thinking and analytical skills in order to help improve the dietary intake, nutritional status, and overall health of individuals and groups.
The program meets Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) requirements for supervised clinical practice for registration eligibility. It also fulfills 18 of the 40 credits needed for a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition (curriculum code HOND-CNU).
* The Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600) until 2021.
* Please note: as of August 2, 2010, applicants to New York University's Dietetic Internship must use the online centralized internship application found on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) website, which will be active as of August 2nd. For information about the application process and to watch a video on it, please click here.
Concentration area: Medical Nutrition Therapy
The NYU Dietetic Internship provides students with a well-rounded internship experience, providing exposure to many different opportunities and career options in the field. Our focus is in medical nutrition therapy in the clinical setting; interns meet the majority of program goals and required competencies on-site with one of our major medical center partners.
The goals of the NYU Dietetic Internship are to provide students with:
- skills and knowledge to meet entry-level performance requirements of the profession
- opportunities to integrate theory and professional practice
- preparation to contribute to professional practice and research
- direction and leadership to meet future career challenges
The program objectives are to provide dietetic interns with the following knowledge and skills:
- perform and supervise nutrition assessments
- plan and evaluate nutritional care
- develop educational nutritional care
- develop educational materials for patients and clients
- teach nutrition to individuals and groups
- evaluate food service systems
- present case studies
- assess community nutrition resources
- conduct research on current issues in nutrition
- meet the requirements to take the registration examination for dieticians
Program Goal 1
The program will prepare DI graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.
Outcome Measures over a 5-year period:
- Alumni of NYU's DI will achieve a first time pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam.
- At least 70% of NYU DI graduates who sought employment in the field of dietetics will be employed within 3 months of program completion.
- At least 85% of employers who responded to the NYU Post-DI Employer Survey will indicate that program graduates are satisfactorily prepared for positions in entry-level dietetics.
- At least 80% of program graduates who responded to the NYU Post-DI Survey will indicate that they are satisfied that the dietetic internship prepared them for their current position.
- At least 80% of dietetic interns will indicate on the Final Evaluation by Dietetic Interns that the DI satisfactorily prepared them for positions in entry-level dietetics.
- At least 95% of dietetic interns enrolled in the NYU DI will complete the program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion.
- 80% of dietetic interns will achieve an overall intern performance rating of above average/very good or better on the Dietetic Intern Final Evaluation at the primary supervised practice site, the community rotation evaluation, and the pediatric dental evaluation.
Program Goal 2
The program will prepare DI graduates to successfully attain advanced degrees and actively contribute to the profession during and following completion of the dietetic internship.
Outcome Measures for Program Goal 2:
- 85% of DI graduates will obtain the master's degree in nutrition; the average length of completion will fall within 2 years of graduation from the DI.
- 90% of dietetic interns and graduates will become involved in professional organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Society for Nutrition Education, Dietetic Practice Groups and/or local chapters of the dietetic association.
Program goal attainment is based on student performance and achievement of all program goals.
Interns must complete five graduate courses (12 credits) before entering supervised clinical practice. You must receive a B or better on each required internship course in order to be placed in the 27-week supervised practice component.
These courses are:
NUTR-GE 2000.02 New Graduate Student Seminar: Nutrition Section (0) (F, Sp)
NUTR-GE 2190.01 Research Methods (3) (F, Sp)
NUTR-GE 2037 Medical Nutrition Therapy (4) (F, Sp)
NUTR-GE 2037.002 Medical Nutrition Therapy Recitation
NUTR-GE 2196 Nutrition-Focused Physical Assessment (2) (F, Sp)
NUTR-GE 2198 Nutrition Counseling Theory & Practice (3) (F, Sp)
Note: No master's level (NUTR-GE 2xxx) courses may be taken pass/fail.
Interns complete supervised clinical practice rotations in clinical nutrition therapy (13 weeks), community nutrition (3 weeks), clinical nutrition management (1 week) food service management (6 weeks), NYU Pediatric Dental Clinic (1 week), and staff relief (3 weeks) - a total of at least 1200 practice hours along with classroom instruction. The supervised practice takes place in one of many affiliated hospitals, institutions, and agencies located throughout the New York metropolitan area. Because some of our sites train more than one dietetic intern at the same time, starting dates for the supervised clinical practice may vary. Students will be placed in their supervised clinical practice site. Public transportation is available to all affiliated sites.
If you begin the academic component of the dietetic internship in fall semester, then you begin the on-site component around January/February. If you begin the academic component of the dietetic internship in spring semester, then you begin the on-site component around July/August.
Concurrent with supervised clinical practice, interns register for the remaining 6 credits of the 18 credits required for the Dietetic Internship in two consecutive semesters:
NUTR-GE 2146 Clinical Practice in Dietetics I (3 credits)
NUTR-GE 2147 Clinical Practice in Dietetics II (3 credits)
Practice sites: Students will be placed in their supervised clinical practice site. Public transportation is available to all affiliated sites. The following list of sites is subject to change each semester:
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
- Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
- Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
- NYU Hospital of Joint Diseases, New York, NY
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
- NY Methodist Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
- New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
- Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
Possible community rotations include:
- Children's Health Fund
- Gay Men's Health Crisis
- Gods Love We Deliver
- Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
- Beth Israel AIDS Center
In order to complete the Dietetic Internship, all following requirements must be met:
- earn a B or better in all academic courses
- satisfactorily pass all rotations
- sumbit all self-evaluations
- satisfactorily complete all required assignments for the clinical practice in Dietetics Seminar Sequence
- complete and submit DI portfolio
Once these requirements have been met, students are eligible to register for the RD exam.
- Admission Requirements
- Application Fees & Deadlines
- Admission to the NYU Dietetic Internship
- Required Components for Application to the NYU Dietetic Internship
- DICAS Application Information & Tips
- Application to the 40-Credit Master's Program in Clinical Nutrition
- Participation in Computer Matching
- Applying for the DPD Verification (for current students only)
- James J. Peters/Bronx VA Internship
- Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time the internship begins.
- Applicants must present an official AND Verification Statement of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), or a statement of Declaration of Intent to Complete the DPD, with original signatures.
- Preference will be given to applicants with an overall academic average of B or better; the minimum academic average for nutrition DPD courses is a B or better.
- Applicants also must apply and gain acceptance into the 40-credit Clinical Nutrition (HOND-CNU) Master of Science (M.S.) program.
Costs based on graduate tuition and fees are established by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development and may be found on the Graduate Admissions website.
Additional costs include application fees of:
- $75 to the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions (payable with your application to the M.S. program)
- $50 to D&D Digital Systems for national computer matching.
- $40 to DICAS for one internship program; $20 for each additional program
- $40 to the NYU Dietetic Internship - please make checks payable to "NYU Dietetic Internship"
Estimated Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses: NYU graduate tuition, fees and other expenses may be found on the Graduate Admissions website.
Financial Aid: Students enrolled in this program are eligible for financial aid. For information, visit the Financial Aid website.
Admission the NYU Dietetic Internship is competitive. The NYU Dietetic Internship Selection Committee ranks applications on the basis of all 7 of the components of the Internship application. In addition, applicants may be asked to interview in person or by telephone with the Dietetic Internship Director and/or members of the Selection Committee. Approximately 13-15 applicants will be accepted for the fall class, depending on site availability.
Notification of Admission: Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status online by D&D Digital Systems. Applicants who have been "matched" to the NYU Dietetic Internship must send an email within 48 hours to the Program Director, email@example.com, to confirm acceptance or rejection of appointment. D&D will send notifications in November for appointments that begin in the spring semester, and in April for appointments that begin in the fall semester.
Students will be evaluated based upon the following factors:
- DPD GPA
- Overall undergraduate GPA
- Relevant work history
Applicants to NYU's DI program must complete the online centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). The internship application must contain:
- All applicants to NYU's DI program must usethe online centralized internship application, DICAS.
- DICAS Application Fee: the fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional internship application.
- NYU Dietetic Internship Application Fee: As mentioned above, an application fee of $40 is required.
- Personal Statement: The DICAS application to internships requires you to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
- Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
- What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
- Recommendations: Applicants must submit 3 recommendations from faculty, academic advisors, employers, or other people who have supervised your studies or work. One recommendation should come from an employer who supervised your volunteer or paid work, and one from an instructor of a course you took in nutrition/dietetics. All recommendations will be submitted electronically. Applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each of their 3 references. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
- Verification Statement: an official statement of Verification of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) with original signatures, or Declaration of Intent to complete academic requirements, also with original signatures, is required. Once you submit the online DICAS application, the DPD Director will be notified and a verification or declaration of intent will be automatically processed. Applicants will receive two hard copies, while the DPD Director will verify online that the applicant has received them.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended: When applying online, applicants will be asked to download and fill out a Transcript Request Form which applicants should then send to the Registrar of each institution. The Registrar will send the official transcript directly to DICAS.
- Digital Matching: Applicants must also register online at D+D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on September 24. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.
For any questions concerning the DICAS application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some tips regarding the DICAS application process. Further information about the process, including an instructional video on the application process may be found here.
- You can navigate to the DICAS system directly at https://portal.dicas.org. You will need to create a new account if you have not already set one up.
- When logged in, please note that there are instructions for every section at the top right hand corner of each page.
- In the College(s) Attended section, at the very top drop-down box, note that both NYU's undergraduate and graduate DPD programs should have the "DPD College" designation. Any college with a DPD program is a DPD College. Any college without a DPD program (even if you did a course there for transfer to ours) is "Other College".
- In the DPD Director Contact Information section of the DICAS Application, the Director of Program is Kristie Lancaster (email@example.com).
- In the College(s) Attended section, after you have added your schools, click the orange button to the left of your school listing to obtain a transcript form. Send a separate transcript request form to each school you have added.
- You can only request 3 letters of recommendation through the DICAS website. NYU's Dietetic Internship requires 3 letters - no more and no less. Other internship sites may have different requirements. Arrange with those sites accordingly.
- Below you will find a list of undergraduate and graduate DPD courses at NYU that describes whether they are of the Science or Professional classification. Please note that for DPD programs completed in other schools, contact those schools to determine the classifications.
- Upload the DPD Course List form.
|Course Title||Science or Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1023 Food Microbiology & Sanitation||Science|
|NUTR-UE 1064 Nutritional Biochemistry||Science|
|NUTR-UE 1068 Intro to Human Physiology||Science|
|CHEM-UA 120 Introduction to Modern Chemistry||Science|
|CHEM-UA 210 Principles of Organic Chemistry||Science|
|NUTR-UE 85 Introduction to Foods & Food Science||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 91 Food Management Theory||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition & Health||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1260 Diet Assessment & Planning||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1269 Nutrition & The Life Cycle||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1184 Food Science & Technology||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1052 Food Production & Management||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1185 Clinical Nutrition Assessment & Intervention||Professional|
|NUTR-UE 1209 Community Nutrition||Professional|
|NUTR-GE 2199 Nutrition Education||Professional|
|NUTR-GE 2190.01 Research Methods - OR -||Professional|
|NUTR-UE .1117 Current Research in Nutrition||Professional|
Admission to the 40-credit Master's Program in Clinical Nutrition is required in conjunction with the NYU Dietetic Internship.
Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. For access to the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Graduate Bulletin, please click here. For specific questions on admissions, please visit the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions website or call the office at 212-998-5030.
The Bulletin contains detailed information for students with U.S. or international undergraduate credentials on tuition and living costs, non-matriculated status, and financial aid. Applicants who have non-US undergraduate credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials along with their completed application. A number of agencies can provide this service:
The deadlines for application to the M.S. program are October 1 for the spring semester and February 1 for the fall semester.
This is the third part of the application process which requires ranking internship preferences online. Apply online by visiting website http://dnddigital.com, or contact D&D Digital Systems at (515) 292-0490 to request a computer matching information packet.
If you are a current student in the program in your second-to-last or final semester of DPD courses, you must submit an application for the DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) Verification statement. Please note that all DPD courses must be completed before you can receive your Verification. If you have completed most of the courses and are registered for the remainder of them, you will receive a Declaration Letter of Intent instead. Please allow 3 weeks for processing.
The DPD verification policy can be found here.
Please be advised that this internship is not related to the NYU Dietetic Internship. However, both internships require that you also apply to the 34-Credit Master's Program in Clinical Nutrition. Information about the James J. Peters/Bronx VA internship may be found here.
Costs based on graduate tuition and fees are established by The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and set forth in the current Graduate Bulletin. Additional costs include application fees of:
- $75 to the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions
- $50 to D&D Digital Systems for national computer matching.
- $40 to DICAS for one internship program; $20 for each additional program
- $40 to the NYU Dietetic Internship
Estimated Tuition & Fees: NYU graduate tuition and fees for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 is $1422 per credit, plus fees.
Other Expenses and further information regarding tuition may be found on the Graduate Admissions website. All Dietetic Interns are required to be student members of the AND, which costs $50 per year. Lab coats are required on-site and typically cost $30.
Financial Aid: Students enrolled in this program are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. For information, visit the Financial Aid website.
The Ruth F. Myron Ramus Scholarship is a special award for dietetic interns during the on-site portion of the internship. Students are automatically eligible with U.S. citizenship/permanent residency. Other departmental and/or university-wide scholarships are available. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more details.
Academic Portion/Planned Learning Experiences
The New York University Dietetic Internship includes one full semester of coursework (academic component), followed by six months of supervised practice (on-site supervised component). The fall dietetic internship class begins their academic coursework in September; the spring dietetic internship class in January. Dietetic Interns follow the NYU Academic Calendar while in their academic semester.
Clinical Assignment Schedules
The on-site supervised component is a full-time program, in which dietetic interns maintain a 40-hour work week. Concurrent with this on-site supervised clinical practice, interns register for the Clinical Practice in Dietetics Seminar class in two consecutive semesters. This class meets weekly on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00.
|Rotation||# of weeks|
|Clinical Nutrition Management||1|
Clinical rotations may include, but are not limited to:
- General Medicine
- Cardiovascular Disease
- HIV/Infectious Disease
- Nutrition Support
- Critical Care
Community sites include, but are not limited to:
- God's Love We Deliver
- Gay Men's Health Crisis
- WIC/Head Start
The demanding nature of the program requires dietetic interns to be flexible: internship hours can vary from week to week and can start early in the morning.
If you begin the academic component of the dietetic internship in the fall semester, then you begin the on-site supervised component around January/February. If you begin the academic component of the dietetic internship in the spring semester, then you begin the on-site component around July/August. Specific start dates vary amongst hospitals.
Holidays and Personal Days
While in the on-site component of the internship, dietetic interns follow their respective hospital's calendar regarding holidays. Personal days must be approved by the on-site clinical nutrition manager and any sick or personal days must be made up for.