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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 2017 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, within the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) Department.  Therefore, all who apply for the Dietetic Internship must apply to the graduate program by the deadline for the year they expect to enter. Application to the graduate program occurs after acceptance to the internship. 

The MS degree does not have to be completed for verification of completion of the Internship.
Program Mission

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 over a three-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for RDNs within 1 year following their first attempt
  • 90% of graduates will take the exam within 12 months of program completion.
  • 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 satisfaction with graduates’ preparation and 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 1300 hours of experience.  Students must work full-time in the assigned facility. Students complete requirements of the Dietetic Internship Seminar course and one additional graduate course each semester, fall and spring, of the DI year.
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.  Required graduate courses provide preparation for rotations.

Rotation Schedule (9 months; 36 weeks; ~1300 practice hours):
Community (Programs and Counseling) - 15 weeks (536 hours)
Clinical (General Medicine, Critical Care and Extended Care) - 14 weeks (522 hours)
Food Service Management (Production, Service and Financial) - 7 weeks (248 hours)

The program emphasis area is Community Nutrition. Interns complete a comprehensive community needs assessment, case report with counseling intervention and address principles of sustainability through activities of the FNES Campus Garden, in addition to clinical and foodservice management projects.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 6-8 PM
Queens College, Remsen Hall, Room 300

Please attend our Open House to learn more about our Dietetic Internship Program. RSVP requested, to the Program Director   


  • Application and interview
  • Completion of Bachelor’s degree with minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Verification of DPD completion from a program accredited by ACEND within 3 years
  • Ability to be employed in the United States
  • Matriculated status in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES) Graduate program


The deadline for filing the application is February 15. 

Application Fee

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.
Application Materials
The Queens College DI participates in the electronic filing of Dietetic Internship applications (DICAS) to include:

  1. Accurate completion of application
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation – 2 from work supervisors and 1 from professor OR 1 from work supervisor and 2 from professors (do not submit 3 recommendations only from supervisors or only from professors)
  4. DPD Verification Statement of completion / intent to complete
  5. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
  6. Resume

Computer Matching
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 or contact D&D Digital Systems at 515.292.0490.
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 Counseling, Community Nutrition or other, 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 Specialization.

The Program accepts 12 interns annually.
Tuition for the internship year for NY state resident is $7920.

Tuition information can be found on the Queens College Bursars Office website:  The internship represents 6 credits plus one 3-credit graduate course each semester for a total of 18 graduate credits. 

If you need financial aid, please contact the Queens College Office of Financial Aid at 718.997.5100 

Additional internship expenses include:

  • 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.
  • Tuition:
    • $440/credit- New York State residents
    • $805/credit- Non-residents
    • $198.35 consolidated fee, includes activity fee, consolidated fees and technology fees per semester
  • 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.
  • Medical exam within 3 months before the start of the internship; interns must submit verification of completion indicating medical clearance to practice.
  • Proof of a TB test, recent tetanus vaccination, titers/MMR/varicella, Hepatitis B series, drug testing and vaccination or waiver for meningitis and others, as may be required by practice sites.
  • Books:  A reading list is available upon request and the cost incorporated into the anticipated additional expenses noted above (~ $500 for books).
  • Professional conference up to $150
  • RD Exam Review Course and Manual $350
  • 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  Off-campus housing is also available.
  • Lab coat and/or uniform in some assigned facilities, comfortable, closed, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Background checks where required by assigned facilities (may include additional 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

Attend our Open House
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 6-8 PM
Queens College, Remsen Hall, Room 300
RSVP requested, to the Program Director

See Directions to Queens College at the top right of the page. Enter at the front gate for instructions.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please contact the program director for more information:
Allison Charny, MS RDN CDE CDN
Director of Queens College Dietetic Internship
Queens College – CUNY
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Remsen 306A
Queens, New York 11367


 Director Information


Director: Allison Charny, MS RDN CDE CDN

Office: Remsen 306-A

Phone: 718-997-4138



 Program Resources


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