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Admissions Information (DI/IP)


  • Info Sessions
  • IP Eligibility Requirements
  • Application Procedures
  • IP Selection Procedure
  • IP Accreditation
  • Distance Dietetic Internship Option
  • Prior Assessed Learning

DI/IP Info Sessions (Open Houses) are held in the Fall. Attendees will receive information regarding the Hunter DI/IP Program, and have the opportunity to speak with current interns and meet the DI Director.

Info Session Dates Fall 2016

January 17th, 2017, 6-8pm (sign up here for the January 17th session)

November 17th, 2016, 6-8pm (sign up here for the November 17th session)
December 15th, 2016, 6-8pm (sign up here for the December 15th session)

Location: Hunter College Silberman Campus, 2180 Third Avenue (119th Street), New York, NY 10035

The program will also be represented at the GNYDA Dietetic Internship Fair November 13th, 2016.


Students must meet the following criteria for entrance to the Internship Program.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the Internship
  • Verification of completion of a ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) prior to the start of the Internship
  • Completion of ALL application content


The Hunter College Internship Program uses the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS)  accessed at . Email questions about the DICAS to: The online application must be completed by February 15, 2-17, 11:59PM Central Time.

The DICAS application requires a personal statement in 1,000 words or fewer. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS Transcript Dept., POB 9118, Watertown, MA 02472
  • When completing the application form, include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must also register online with DnD Digital computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59PM Central Time on February 15.
  • Applicants also complete and mail an applicant information form accompanied by a $75 application fee (check or money order payable to: Nutrition & Food Science -Hunter College)
    Postmark deadline: Feb 15
    Dr. Victoria Fischer
    Internship Director
    Hunter College
    2180 Third Avenue, Room 611
    New York, NY 10035

* After notification of acceptance, interns are required to apply to Hunter at non-degree admission  or degree status through Hunter's Office of Graduate Admissions. The application fee is $125.00 which will be billed to non-matriculated students upon first course registration, Fall semester.


A selection committee evaluates each applicant's promise as a dietetic practitioner. No intern will be denied entrance into the IP based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, citizenship, age, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence. Factors that will determine the ranking of students who meet the criteria for selection to the IP include:

1. Quality of the personal statement
2. GPA - general and DPD Courses*
3. Total number of graduate credits at Hunter beyond the DPD
4. Recommendations
5. Employment
6. Honors, awards, activities
7. Availability of positions

*A note about grades: Most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0. However, exceptional work experience and leadership ability may compensate for a lower GPA. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are not likely to achieve high scores in the selection process.

Lastly, who else applies at the same time also matters. Selected candidates are ranked before being submitted to DnD Digital for the computer match; just as candidates rank their internship preferences. A difference of even 1 position on the match list can make the difference between a match/no match. A strong applicant who didn't match last year would be encouraged to re-apply for the following year.

Completed applications submitted by the application deadline, and demonstrating compliance with all application requirements, will be reviewed by the internship selection committee. Applicants who meet admissions requirements will be chosen for computer matching, and ranked according to the criteria above. Interns will be notified of their match to the IP via the DnD Digital website.

Matched interns must contact the IP Director to accept their placements by the deadline on Appointment Day.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of placement.


The Internship Program participates in the Prior Assessed Learning program recognized by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' ACEND.

The Prior Assessed Learning program is designed to grant varying degrees of internship credit in specific rotations of the internship based on the qualified applicant's learning, as demonstrated through paid work or volunteer experiences. Experiences considered for PAL must meet competencies required by ACEND that are equivalent to an entry-level dietitian.  Internship credit is given for learning and gaining knowledge through the work experience of a professional career. The credit is not for work experience, but is given when an applicant demonstrates an increase in knowledge and learning. Typically, the individual qualifying for this credit is an older, "non-traditional" applicant.

  • PAL will not be granted as a replacement for any of the didactic portion of the internship.
  • Experiences submitted for PAL will have taken place after completion of all DPD courses.
  • PAL credit will not exceed 1/2 of the total hours of the Internship (currently = 600 hours).
  • The tuition and fees for the Internship will remain the same, regardless of the amount of PAL granted.
  • Submission of a request for PAL credit does not guarantee that such credit will be awarded, in full or in part, as requested.
  • Decisions regarding the awarding of PAL credit are at the discretion of the IP Director.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss potential PAL experiences with the IP Director prior to preparing and submitting the application materials.

Application for PAL credit shall include the following:

Experiences submitted for PAL evaluation must be classified as: Community Nutrition, Food Service Management, or Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Projects, reports, presentations, and educational materials produced by the applicant which demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills will be evaluated for PAL credit. Job descriptions, performance evaluations, letters from clients, and so on, can be used as supporting documentation of knowledge and skills, as applicable. These supporting materials shall be clearly labeled as to which experience(s) they are applicable. They must be neatly bound in a folder or portfolio cover. All materials must be typewritten. Hand-written materials are not acceptable. Applicants should indicate which of the 2012 ACEND competencies have been met by each experience submitted for evaluation.

Application for PAL credit should be submitted to the IP Director (Victoria. at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the internship term. For best planning of the internship experience, application for PAL credit for experience completed before the summer should be submitted by May 31st, and communication about subsequent experience should be maintained with the IP Director. Applications will be evaluated in a timely manner, and applicants informed of credit awarded (if any) prior to the start of the internship term. Additional documentation / clarification of activities must be provided to the IP Director upon request. Failure to do so in a timely manner may preclude obtaining PAL credit.

The format for application for PAL consists of:

1. A Summary Page, (see example )

2. A Narrative describing each experience, what was done, what was learned, and how these apply to the ACEND learning objectives. (See example below.) If more than one experience is being described, a separate narrative is to describe each one. These are to be presented in the same order that the experiences are listed on the Summary Page.

3. Supporting Materials. Supporting materials include samples of projects, photos, reports, presentations, publications, newsletters, and educational materials produced by the applicant that demonstrate the competencies described. Supporting materials may be returned to the applicant if requested, after they have been evaluated. Original Summary Form and Narrative(s) will be maintained in the Internship Program file for the Intern .




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