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Dietetic Internship Program

The Hunter Dietetic Internship Program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates the eligilibility to take the registration examination for dietitians, and to apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Dietetic Internship Program, a registered certificate program of the New York State Education Department, provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Hunter College are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In some states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  Even though the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) license in the state of New York is optional and not required in addition to the RDN certificate to practice, our students often tell us that their start date is pushed back if they don't receive this certification. For more information about state licensure requirements click here

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

For a recorded presentation of the program please click HERE

For information session dates and to rsvp, see the Admissions Information page.


Hunter's Dietetic Internship program, within the School of Urban Public Health, is accredited by ACEND.  For more information on ACEND and accreditation, please contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400



The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to provide interns with a rigorous, high-quality educational and supervised practice experience that will prepare them as competent and effective dietetic practitioners with a focus in urban public health and community nutrition. The Dietetic Internship Program provides interdisciplinary practicum and didactic experiences that will prepare dietetic interns to attain entry-level competencies in nutrition therapy, food service systems management, community nutrition, and public health nutrition. Dietetic interns will develop ethical values consistent with professional health care and abide by codes of practice while practicing within diverse multi-ethnic urban communities.

We value:
Life-long Learning
An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems



1.  The program will prepare interns to be competent entry-level dietitians, with a specialty in community and public health nutrition.


  • At least 80% of interns complete program requirements within 13.5 months.

  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • A minimum of 80% of program graduates will indicate that they are satisfied that the Dietetic Internship prepared them for employment.
  • 90% of Dietetic Interns will achieve an overall intern performance rating of good to very good from preceptors for all entry-level competencies.
  • 90% of employers will indicate that program graduates are well-prepared for positions in entry-level dietetics.
  • 80% 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 registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.    


2.  Program graduates will be prepared to actively address the changing health needs of society, and to address the unique needs of metropolitan areas such as New York City.


  • A minimum of 80% of program graduates will indicate that they received good or excellent preparation in community/public health nutrition.
  • 90% of Dietetic Interns and graduates will become involved in professional organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietetic Practice Groups, local chapters, and/or the American Public Health Association.


Outcomes data is available upon request.


Dr. Victoria Fischer
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Hunter College
School of Urban Public Health
Silberman Building, Room 503
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 396-7773


Graduate Tuition and Fees for both semesters combined (effective Fall 2018)


All tuition and fees are determined by the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice.

Credits per semester = 6; total = 12 credits (part-time*)
Tuition Student Activity Fee Technology Fee Consolidated Service Fee Total Fees Total Annual Cost

NY State Resident


(12 credits)

$26.90 $125.00 $30.00 $181.90 $5,908.80
Out-of-State Resident
$10,260.00 $26.90 $125.00 $30.00 $181.90 $10,623.80



Dietetic Interns are required to enroll as non-degree graduate students to the Hunter School of Urban Public Health (seeHunter's Graduate Admissions website), and, thereby, do not qualify for financial aid. Registration & tuition is due by the deadlines posted on the Registrar's website ('One Stop for Students') each registration period. Without full payment, students will not be considered registered and will not be admitted to class.

*Note: Students are enrolled in the Dietetic Internship Program only and are registered for 6 credits per semester. Although the student is considered full-time by the Dietetic Internship Program, the student is considered part-time by Registrar for calculation of tuition. Dietetic Interns who require proof that they are enrolled in a full-time program can request a letter of full-time status from the Dietetic Internship Director.

Additional estimated costs for New York City (NYC)

Housing: Costs are highly variable.
If sharing a rental apartment with at least one roommate, consider a minimum of $11,422 /yr + utilities. Most landlords also expect first and last month's rent security deposit.
Books: $400
Transportation: NYC public transit Metrocard minimum of $32 per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites. Whenever possible, practice sites easily accessible by public transportation have been selected.
Food: Variable, average is about $2,170/yr. During internship placement, meals are the responsibility of interns, however some meals may be provided by rotation sites.
Insurance: Variable. Health Insurance approximate average cost is $1,400/yr (not provided by CUNY) and Liability Insurance is approximately $35/yr.
Incidentals: (Entertainment, apparel, other) - Average $2,700/yr. - highly variable

*Note: The DI program calendar follows the institutional Academic Calendar - see "quick links" to the left on this page for all academic calendars, or for the Spring 2021 academic calendar click


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