Dietetic Internship Program

Program Description

The Dietetic Internship Program at Lehman College is one of the few part-time internships in the country. The goal of the program is to provide access to a high-quality internship to those who need to undertake paid employment, proceeding through the internship over a three-semester period (12 months). The internship placements require a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice to be completed over the course of three consecutive semesters for a minimum of 30 hours of supervised practice per week (Monday to Friday), for a total of 12 months. Interns are permitted to spend no more than 15 hours each week in paid employment.

Interns are required to take twelve (12) graduate corequisites and register for three (3) credits of the Seminar in Concepts and Methods of Dietetic Practice and three (3) credits of Supervised Preprofessional Practice for each of the three semesters of the Dietetic Internship. Interns undertaking paid employment may elect to take some of the co-requisite classes after the year of Supervised Practice, in which case graduation from the Program may take up to 24 months. DFN 651 must be taken in the fall semester of the Supervised Practice year.

The internship class enrolls a maximum of fourteen students each year. We accept applications every year in February for an end of August start date. We participate in DICAS, the Centralized Application procedure and in the spring computer match program, administered by D and D Digital Systems.

The Dietetic Internship Program has a Medical Nutrition Therapy emphasis, giving interns an opportunity to experience nutrition assessment, diagnosis, and interventions for increasingly complex medical conditions.

The 1,200 hours of supervised practice are divided as follows:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Rotation: 470 hours
  • Food Service Management Rotation: 300 hours
  • Community Rotation: 280 hours
  • Research Project: 150 hours

The three supervised practice components take place in a health-care facility or community agency. The community rotation is usually divided into three sections to enable interns to experience several different agencies. Research projects are supervised by departmental faculty.

It is expected that interns will complete the supervised practice component of the Dietetic Internship in three semesters (12 months), registering for DFN 730 and DFN 731 each semester that they are enrolled in the program.

Accreditation

The Dietetic Internship Program has been granted continued Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. ACEND may be reached at 312-899-0400, ext. 5400, or by writing to the following address:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois, 60606

Acceptance Policy

In order to be accepted into the Internship Program, students must be eligible to enter Lehman's M.S. in Nutrition program. To be considered for matriculation, students must have earned a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 either in the DPD courses or overall as undergraduates or graduates and possess a baccalaureate degree. To apply to the M.S. in Nutrition graduate program, see the Prospective Intern page.

A Dietetic Internship selection committee evaluates each applicant's potential as a dietetic practitioner. Acceptance into the program is not influenced by gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, creed, national origin, color, disabilities or handicap. Students will be judged competitively based on their undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPA, work experience, and recommendations by faculty and employers. Students who believe other factors should be considered may include them in their Personal Statement with their DICAS application

Evaluation of Dietetic Internship Applications

Follow the application instructions very carefully. Leave sufficient time to assemble the application package, as academic transcripts and recommendation requests are going through DICAS. DO send a check or money order for the correct amount of the application fee separately to the DI Director.

How important is the GPA?

The GPA is important. Internship programs are evaluated by ACEND in part based on the percentage of Dietetic Internship graduates passing the Registered Dietitian exam on the first attempt. A strong academic background is a positive indicator that a candidate might be able to achieve this. Candidates with GPA's lower than 3.0 will not be considered as they are not eligible to be accepted into the Graduate Program.

What about GRE scores?

GRE scores are not required for application to the M.S. in Nutrition or the Dietetic Internship programs.

Do errors in my application matter?

Proof-read, proof-read, proof-read before you submit your final application package to DICAS! Typographical errors, mistakes, and omissions show that you are careless in your work. This is your opportunity to collect all the information you are presenting to us to help us assess your ability to be part of our Dietetic Internship. We want to know if you can perform well in Lehman's program.

How important is work/volunteer experience?

It is important for two reasons:

  • It addresses the question of whether you can perform successfully in certain settings.
  • It can support what you are saying in your personal statement.

Can I apply to the Internship without applying to the Graduate Program?

Yes, you can, but if you are accepted into the Dietetic Internship, it is mandatory that you apply to the M.S. in Nutrition program if you are not already enrolled in the program.

What about reference letters?

These should provide support for your application. Therefore, it is better to obtain such letters from people who know you well and can speak of your unique qualifications for the Dietetic Internship, than a more general letter from a professor who taught you once in a large class.

In Addition:

Other candidates who apply at the same time that you do affect your chances of being offered a place in the Dietetic Internship. Selected candidates are ranked before being submitted to D and D Digital for the computer match, just as candidates rank their internship preferences. A difference of even one position on the match list can make the difference between a match or no match. A strong applicant who failed to match one year would be encouraged to re-apply for the following year.

Last modified: Sep 19, 2012

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