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 Clinical Nutrition MS program that requires enrollment for 13 months total. The full-time program, which offers fall and spring matches, includes one full semester (either Fall or Spring term) of coursework on the university's calendar followed by 27 weeks of on-site supervised practice for a total of 1200 full-time, supervised hours.  It also fulfills 18 of the 40 credits needed for an MS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics: Clinical Nutrition (*Note: Effective January 1, 2024 the eligibility requirement to sit for the credentialing examination for dietitians will be a graduate degree; please visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration site for details)

It meets the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) requirements for supervised clinical practice for registration eligibility.

The NYU Dietetic Internship is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400. 

Goals, Objectives, and Outcome Measures

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 dietitians, which are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
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.

Outcomes data measuring achievement of program objectives is provided for ACEND reviews and is available upon request. If you would like this information, please contact Lisa Sasson

Open Houses

Upcoming Open Houses and Information Sessions

All open houses will be held at 411 Lafayette Street on the 5th Floor.

11/5/18 4:00 PM 
11/16/18 10:00 AM
12/11/18 4:00 PM - This information session will be livestreamed. Please click here to join
1/14/19 4:00 PM
1/16/19 9:00 AM - This information session will be livestreamed. Please click here to join
1/30/19 9:30 AM