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Dietetic Internship Program Options

The Hunter Dietetic Internship Program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates the eligibility 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 1000 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 preparation for the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) requirement for individuals to hold a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), Hunter College offers 2 options for students entering Fall 2023:

1. Individuals who have a verification statement from a DPD and have earned a master's degree by a U.S. accredited college/university can complete the DI Certificate application at Hunter to complete the 12-credit certificate program.


2. Individuals who have a verification statement from a DPD and have earned a bachelor's degree by a U.S. accredited college/university MUST complete the MS-DI application and will complete the 12-credit DI and take an additional 24 graduate credits. If a student is already enrolled in a graduate program, they may complete that with the knowledge that the Verification Statement will be issued from Hunter only after they have graduated with their Master's degree.

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 students with a rigorous, high quality educational and supervised practice experience, which will prepare them as competent and effective dietetic practitioners with a focus in urban public health and community nutrition. The DI 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.

This mission is further encapsulated in our values statement, as we value the following:

  • Diversity
  • Life-long learning
  • An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
  • Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems


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

Program Goal 1 objectives:

  1. "At least 80% of interns complete the 18-month MS-DI program requirements within 27 months, or the 9-month DI certificate program (for students with a graduate degree) within 13.5 months (150% of planned program lengths for each program)."
  2. "Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation".
  3. "At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion".
  4. "The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam for dietitian nutritionists within one  year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%".
  5. At least 80% of program graduates who respond to alumni surveys will rate the quality of the DI in preparing them for their first job in nutrition and dietetics as Well to Excellent.
  6. At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate program graduate's preparation for entry-level practice as Satisfactory to Outstanding.

Goal 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.

Program Goal 2 objectives:

  1. At least 80% of program graduates will indicate that they received Well to Excellent preparation in community/public health nutrition.
  2. At least, 80% of graduates will become involved in professional organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health/Community DPG, local dietetic associations, and/or the American Public Health Association.

Program outcomes data is available upon request.

Allison Marshall, MS RDN CDN CDCES
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Hunter College
School of Urban Public Health
Silberman Building, Room 503
2180 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
(212) 396-7729 

Graduate Tuition and Fees for Both Semesters Combined (effective November 2021)

Tuition and Fees for Dietetic Internship Program

All tuition and fees are determined by the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice. Updated tuition rates and fees can be found at:

Current fees as of November 2021:

Part-time tuition: $470 per credit in-state = $5,640 or $855 per credit out-of-state = $10,260

Additional mandatory CUNY fees: CUNY technology fee: $125; Consolidated fee: $30; Student activity fee: $24; Student Senate fee: $2.90

Students are enrolled in the Dietetic Internship Program 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 the registrar for calculation of tuition and do not qualify for financial aid.

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.

Some students will take MS courses during the internship. Any class taken in addition to the DI program must be discussed with the Dietetic Internship Director prior to enrollment and will affect time to completion. Taking 9 credits per semester or more makes you a full-time student and  will allow the student to qualify for financial aid.

Students must pay tuition and fees in full at the time of registration. Without full payment students will not be considered registered and will not be admitted to class.

Other Dietetic Internship-Related Costs (estimated)

Please note that there are costs associated with onboarding for rotations, which may include fingerprinting, criminal background checks, and various health checks. The costs depend on the individual rotation sites. We have no control over their demands, but aim to choose sites that cover the charges for onboarding costs. We estimate a total of $300.

Books ~$400; you will likely use textbooks from your DPD program as well

Transportation (NYC Metrocard) ~$1200 (or ~$32 per week; students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites; whenever possible, practice sites have been selected which are easily accessible by public transportation)

Professional Liability Insurance ~$35-$50

DI-related Incidentals ~$75

AND Intern Membership $58

Conferences and meetings (costs for events vary) ~$100

Cost of living in NYC, very rough estimate

Housing ~$12,000/ year + utilities; most landlords also expect first and last month’s rent

Food (meals are the responsibility of the interns) ~$3,400

Health insurance (highly variable)

Other cost of living incidentals (entertainment, apparel, etc.) ~$2,700


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