Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Dietetic Internship

NYU Dietetic Internship

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 NYU Dietetic Internship is housed in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health in NYU Steinhardt. 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).

Accreditation status: The NYU Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995. 312-899-0040 x5400.

* 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.  Further information can be found in detail in Admissions & Application section.

Throughout the semester, Dietetic Internship information sessions are helpd by the DI Director, providing information and answering questions about the internship program.  Upcoming sessions are listed below:

         There are currently no upcoming information sessions.

 

To schedule a private meeting with the Dietetic Internship Director, please send an email to Lisa Sasson at lisa.sasson@nyu.edu or call 212-998-5585.

Goals, Objectives, and Outcome Measures

Program Concentration

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 the:

The program objectives are to provide Dietetic Interns with the following knowledge and skills:

Program Goal 1

The program will prepare DI graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Outcome Measures over a 5-year period:

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:

Program goal attainment is based on student performance and achievement of all program goals.

Program Description

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. 

First Semester

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.

Subsequent semesters

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:

Possible community rotations include:

In order to complete the Dietetic Internship, all following requirements must be met:

Once these requirements have been met, students are eligible to register for the RD exam.

Admissions and Application

Admission Requirements
  1. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university by the time the internship begins.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants also must apply and gain acceptance into the 40-credit Clinical Nutrition (HOND-CNU) Master of Science (M.S.) program.
Application Fees and Deadlines

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:

  1. $75 to the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions (payable with your application to the M.S. program)
  2. $50 to D&D Digital Systems for national computer matching. 
  3. $40 to DICAS for one internship program; $20 for each additional program
  4. $40 to the NYU Dietetic Internship - please make checks payable to "NYU Dietetic Internship"

Please send your check for the NYU Dietetic Internship to:

New York University
411 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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.

DEADLINES: Dietetic Internship Applications are accepted at the start of every semester for the following semester. For the next three semesters, applications must be postmarked or express-mailed on or before:

Admission to the NYU Dietetic Internship

Selection Process: 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, lisa.sasson@nyu.edu, 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:

Required Components for Application to the Dietetic Internship

Applicants to NYU's DI program must complete the online centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).  The internship application must contain:

For any questions concerning the DICAS application, please email dicasinfo@dicas.org.

DICAS Application Information & Tips

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.

  1. 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.
  2. When logged in, please note that there are instructions for every section at the top right hand corner of each page.
  3. 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".
  4. In the DPD Director Contact Information section of the DICAS Application, the Director of Program is Kristie Lancaster (kristie.lancaster@nyu.edu).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Starting Spring 2014 you will need to 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
Application to the Master's Program

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:
http://www.eatright.org/CADE/content.aspx?id=9725

The deadlines for application to the M.S. program are October 1 for the spring semester and February 1 for the fall semester.

Participation in Computer Matching

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 filling out a card that is to be postmarked by September 25, 2013 for an appointment that starts in Spring 2014.

Applying for the DPD Verification

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. After completing the form, please submit it to Tara Tempone on the 5th floor of 411 Lafayette Street (you may also email it to her at tara.tempone@nyu.edu). 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.

James J. Peters/Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center Dietetic Internship

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

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:

  1. $75 to the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions
  2. $50 to D&D Digital Systems for national computer matching. 
  3. $40 to DICAS for one internship program; $20 for each additional program 
  4. $40 to the NYU Dietetic Internship - please make your check payable and send to:


New York University
411 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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.

Clinical Nutrition (HOND-CNU) 40-credit M.S. Curriculum

Please click here to see the curriculum for the 40-credit program in Clinical Nutrition.

Calendar

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 of the New York University Dietetic Internship 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
Food Service 6
Clinical Rotations* 13
Clinical Nutrition Management  1
Staff Relief 3
Pediatric Dental 1
Community** 3

* Clinical Rotations may include, but are not limited to:

** Community Sites include, but are not limited to:

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 + 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.