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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 develop their 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. You may visit the ACEND website at for more information on accredited dietetics programs.The Queens College Dietetic Internship 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 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 be eligible to apply to 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. 

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.


  • 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%.  
  • 90% 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.
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.  


  • At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 15 months (150% of program length). 
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation. 
  • 50% 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 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.

Program Schedule (9.5 months; 38 weeks; 1300 practice hours)

Program Orientation - 1 week
Community (Programs and Counseling) - 15 weeks (544 practice hours)
Clinical (General Medicine, Critical Care and Extended Care) - 14 weeks (504 practice hours)
Food Service Management (Production, Service and Financial) - 7 weeks (252 practice hours)
Holiday Break - 1 week

Program Concentration

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.


Tuesday, January 8 and January 22, 2019, 6-8 PM 
Queens College, Remsen Hall, Room 300

Please attend our Open House to learn more about our Dietetic Internship Program, meet the program director, interns and past graduates. 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. Be sure your name is on your check. Make checks payable to the Department Fund and send to:
Queens College, CUNY
Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Department
c/o Lucille Dimola
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

Please see Application Checklist at the top right of this page

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 $8190 + $198.35 student fee.

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:
    • $455/credit- New York State residents
    • $830/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
  • Additional costs include cost of living expenses for New York City.

Attend our Open House to meet the program director, current interns and past graduates.
Tue​sday, January 8 and January 22, 2019, 6-8 PM
Queens College, Remsen Hall, Room 300
RSVP requested, to the Program Director

Click on Directions to Queens College at the top right of the page. Enter at the front gate to receive directions to Remsen Hall and parking.

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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