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 develop their skills in the practice of dietetics. The curriculum is based on the 2017 Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You may visit the ACEND website at https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend for more information on accreditation of dietetics programs. The Queens College Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by ACEND through 2028. The address for ACEND is 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. The telephone number is 800/877-1600, ext.5400.
The Queens College
Dietetic Internship is a post baccalaureate program that admits only individuals
who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by ACEND and at least a
bachelor’s degree. A Verification Statement of DPD completion is necessary to enter the dietetic internship. Upon completion
of the ACEND accredited dietetic internship, graduates receive a Verification Statement of dietetic internship
completion which is required for eligibility to take the registration exam for
dietitian-nutritionists of the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). The
exam must be passed to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) which also fulfills requirements in New York state to become a certified dietitian-nutritionist (CDN). For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students
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; if accepted to the internship you will be accepted to the graduate program.
The MS degree does not have to be completed for verification of completion of the Internship. However please note that effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
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
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.
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.
- 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian-nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the exam within 1 year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian-nutritionists is at least 80%.
- 80% of employers’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice.
- 90% of graduates’ survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, indicate satisfaction with their preparation for entry-level practice.
- At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 14.25 months (150% of program length).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- 70% of graduates' survey responses, collected within 12 months of program completion, indicate they contribute to innovation and serve diverse populations at their place of employment.
The program outcomes data are available on request.
Each student will be assigned site placements by the Dietetic Internship Director and be required to work in one or more facilities to successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice 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.
Program Schedule (9.5 months; 38 weeks; minimum 1000 practice hours)
Program Orientation - 1 week
Community (Programs and Counseling) - 8 weeks (320 practice hours)
Clinical (General Medicine, Critical Care and Extended Care) - 14 weeks (560 practice hours)
Food Service Management (Production, Service and Financial) - 7 weeks (280 practice hours)
Elective (Open; usually in a Community setting) - Optional - (up to 8 weeks)
Please see Sample Rotation Schedule, upper right of this page.
The program emphasis area is Community Nutrition. Interns complete a comprehensive community needs assessment and intervention, case report researching chronic disease with counseling intervention and address principles of sustainability through activities of the FNES Campus Garden.
Clinical case, ethics and innovations in practice reports, foodservice management projects and an outcomes research group project often related to a topic in community-based dietetics, further strengthen the interns' portfolio of experiences.
Please see QC DI Newsletter upper right of this page for additional program information.
to the dietetic internship submit an application in the DICAS system, participate
in the computer match via the D and D Digital system (see Application Information below) and must meet the
following requirements before they begin the program, to promote students’ success
and safety in the internship:
1. Core program requirements (application):
- A baccalaureate degree from
an accredited school or foreign equivalent as determined by a recognized
- Verification Statement from
ACEND-accredited DPD received within the last 3 years or with graduate course
completion in MNT and Assessment within 3 years
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 / DPD
GPA of 3.0 / Science GPA of 3.0
- Personal statement
- Three letters of
recommendation: 1 from work supervisor, 1 from professor and third from either supervisor or
- Relevant volunteer and or
work experience within the dietetic profession; leadership experience preferred
- Ability to work within the
- Writing ability
- Personal interview
2. Health requirements (shown upon acceptance to the DI program):
of negative “2 Step PPD” or Quantiferon TB Test within 3 months of admission
of titers (blood tests) showing immunity to Measles, Mumps, Varicella, and
vaccination within the last 10 years
of Hepatitis B vaccination or signed waiver to decline. Hepatitis B titer may
be required from hospital practice site.
- Annual influenza
check and finger printing (as required by rotation site)
3. Matriculated status in the Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences graduate program (upon acceptance to DI)
4. References and resources required by the program (as noted below under Cost)
5. Signed Internship Agreement (upon acceptance to the DI program)
6. Tuition for each semester must be paid in full prior to the start of each semester, fall and spring.
7. Other needed materials:
Insurance (students in the Dietetic Internship
Program are covered by professional liability insurance through Queens College as they are placed at sites with active
affiliation agreements with the college)
professionally stated email address
The deadline for filing the application is February 15.
A $100.00 fee is required. Be sure the same applicant name on your DICAS application is noted on your check. Make checks payable to the Queens College FNES Department Fund and send to:
Queens College, CUNY
Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department
c/o George Giannopoulos
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) to include:
- Accurate completion of application as per DICAS instructions
- Personal Statement
- 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)
- DPD Verification Statement of completion / intent to complete
- Official Transcripts from all colleges attended
Please see the DICAS website https://portal.dicas.org/
Application Checklist at the top right of this page provides assistance with the application.
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.
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 $8460 + $198.35 student fee.
Tuition information can be found on the Queens College Bursars Office website:
https://www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/bursar/Pages/QCTuitionCosts.aspx. 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 https://www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa/Pages/default.aspx
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: $100. The fee would be made out to Queens College FNES Department Fund and sent as indicated above under Application Information.
- $470/credit- New York State residents
- $855/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, tetanus and flu vaccination, titers for MMR and varicella, Hepatitis B series or waiver, drug testing, vaccination or waiver for meningitis and others as may be required by practice sites.
- ServSafe Manager certification, up to $180 https://www.servsafe.com/access/ss/Catalog/ProductList/10
- Finger-printing if required by practice site
- Books: A reading list is available upon request (~ $500 for books).
- Professional conference up to $150
- RD Exam Review Course and Manual $385
- Transportation: All students are required to have their own transportation and assume expenses commuting to and from sites including tolls, parking and public transportation as needed.
- 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, 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, web-cam, printer-scanner combination, daily internet access.
- Financial aid is available. Go to www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions/fa.
- Additional costs include cost of living expenses for New York City.
Please see Internship Handbook, upper right of this page, for additional information and detail on the dietetic internship program and polices and procedures.
Attend our virtual Open House via Zoom to meet the program director, current interns and/or past graduates:
Wednesday November 18, 2020, 12-1 PM
Tuesday January 5, 2021, 7-8 PM
RSVP must be made via email to the Program Director email@example.com including email address to receive Zoom link shortly before the scheduled time of the Open House meeting.
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
Queens, New York 11367
Director: Allison Charny, MS RDN CDCES CDN
Office: Remsen 306-A