QUEENS COLLEGE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP
The Dietetic Internship (DI) at Queens College offers an intern the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and skills for a position as an entry-level dietitian. Interns are placed in a variety of local facilities to enhance their basic skills in the practice of dietetics. The curriculum is based on the Standards of Education of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Program is fully accredited by ACEND through 2020. The address for ACEND is 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. The telephone number is 800/877-1600, ext.5400.
The Dietetic Internship is part of the Nutrition Specialty in the Master of Science Program in Nutrition and Exercise. Therefore, all who apply for the Dietetic Internship must apply to the graduate program by the deadline for the year they expect to enter. The MS degree does not have to be completed for verification of completion of the Internship.
The mission of the Queens College Dietetic Internship is to prepare interns as entry-level registered dietitian-nutritionists in a manner that promotes flexibility and innovation in an increasingly global society.
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. The program will develop competent entry level dietitian-nutritionists utilizing the resources of Queens College, City University of New York.
80% of graduates taking the Registration Exam for Dietitians for the first time will pass.
90% of employed graduates’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, will indicate competency for entry-level practice.
90% of employers’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, will indicate graduates’ competency for entry-level practice.
Goal 2. The program will contribute to meeting the employment demand for registered dietitian-nutritionists (RDNs) who are able to innovate and serve diverse populations in various settings.
80% of interns will complete the program within 15 months of beginning of the internship.
70% of graduates who have sought employment will be hired as RDNs serving diverse populations in various settings, including community-based positions, within 12 months of program completion.
50% of program graduates will contribute to innovation at their site of employment within 12 months of completing the program.
Each student will be assigned by the Dietetic Internship Director and be required to work in one or more facilities to successfully complete 1305 hours of experience. Students must work full-time in the assigned facility. Students will be required to gain experience in all areas of Dietetics. The program emphasis area is Community Nutrition.
If you are passionate about Community Nutrition, and you have a desire to impact lives through flexibility and innovation in an increasing global society, please attend one of our Open House sessions to learn more about our Dietetic Internship Program.
Upcoming Open House:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5-7 PM, Remsen Hall, Room 300
Monday, January 9, 2017 4-8 PM, Remsen Hall, Room 300
Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in prior college work to be considered for admission to the program and maintenance of a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in graduate work at Queens College.
Verification of DPD completion from a program accredited by ACEND
Matriculated status in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) Graduate program. (see Queens College Web site www.qc.cuny.edu to download graduate application)
Willingness to work as a member of a team and ability to function independently.
A personal interview.
Application Information and Deadline
The deadline for filing the application is February 15. A $35.00 fee is required. Make checks payable to the Department Fund and send to:
Queens College, CUNY
Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department
c/o Jennifer Tang
Remsen Hall 306
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367-1597.
The Queens College DI participates in the electronic filing of Dietetic Internship applications (DICAS).
Four letters of recommendation are required with two from professors and two from work supervisors. For further information, please attend an Open House and contact the Program Director, Allison Charny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.997.4138.
DICAS application to include:
- Fourletters of recommendation, two from professors and two from work supervisors
- DPD Verification Statement
- Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
Queens College participates in Computer Matching for the class that begins in the fall only. The deadline to register for computer matching is February 15 to be eligible for acceptance into the Queens College DI. Apply online at http://dnddigital.com or contact D&D Digital Systems at 515.292.0490.
Credit for Prior Experience
The Queens College Dietetic Internship does not award credit for prior experience. Rotation work and projects will be planned to build on prior experience. Didactic courses will provide preparation for rotations.
The DI spans the fall and spring academic semesters. Each semester
all interns are required to take one graduate didactic course (fall: Medical
Nutrition Therapy; spring: Advanced Counselling or Community Nutrition, 3
credits each) along with enrollment in the DI (6 credits), for a total of 9
graduate credits per semester. Six graduate credits of the DI in addition to
the 6 didactic course credits earned (12 credits altogether) may be applied
toward the MS degree in Nutrition & Exercise Sciences (NES) Nutrition
- DICAS: DICAS fee is $40 for one internship program and $20 for each additional program.
- D&D Digital: National computer matching fee is $50
- Dietetic Internship Fee: $35. The fee would be made out to Department Fund and sent as indicated above under Application Information and Deadline.
- $425/credit- New York State residents
- $780/credit- Non-residents
- $260.85 consolidated fee, includes activity fee, consolidated fees and technology fees
- Medical Insurance: Students must carry their own medical insurance and proof of coverage must be shown to the Internship Director before going to first facility.
- All students are required to have medical exam within 3 months before the start of the internship at their own expense, and must present verification to Internship Director
- Proof of a TB test, recent Tetanus vaccination, titers/MMR, Hepatitis B series, vaccination or waiver for meningitis and others, as may be required by practice sites, must be provided.
- Students must be able to be employed in the United States to be admitted.
- Books: A reading list is available upon request and the cost incorporated into the anticipated additional expenses noted above (~ $500 for books).
- Transportation: All students are required to have their own transportation to and from sites.
- Housing: A dormitory is available on campus. There are several types of spaces available and can be viewed at www.qc.cuny.edu/thesummit. Off-campus housing is also available.
Lab coat and/or uniform in some assigned facilities and instant
thermometer. Comfortable, closed, slip-resistant shoes.
Background checks where required by assigned facilities (may
include drug test and/or fingerprinting, and may be at the student’s expense).
- Cell phone, laptop computer, printer-scanner combination.
- Financial aid is available. Go to www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa.
Sample Rotation Schedule (1305 hours):
Clinical- 9 weeks (337.5 hours)
Basic Community- 9 weeks (315 hours)
Food Service Management- 9 weeks (337.5 hours)
Advanced Community- 9 weeks (315 hours)
Allison Charny, MS RDN CDE CDN
Director of Queens College Dietetic Internship
Queens College – CUNY
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, New York 11367