Dietetic Internship

Food & Nutrition

Dietetic Internship

Internship Schedule

Rotation Assignment Schedule

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship is a full-time program where dietetic interns are scheduled five days per week. The dietetic intern’s schedule mirrors their preceptor’s, which can start early in the morning (as early as 6:00am) and/or end late (as late at 6:00pm). Dietetic interns can be scheduled any day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Dietetic interns will be scheduled on duty approximately two weekend days over the duration of the program period. All rotations are completed on-site across the eight campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The dietetic intern receives experiences in providing nutritional care to patients in the following services:

Clinical Nutrition (32 weeks) – Dietetic interns gain experience in assessing the nutritional requirements of hospitalized patients, planning and implementing nutritional care plans, and evaluating the effectiveness of these care plans on patients' nutritional status. Each dietetic intern is scheduled to work in the following clinical areas:

  • Adult Nutrition Support
  • Behavioral Health
  • Burn
  • Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • General Medicine/Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • GI
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology/Rehabilitation
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics/Obstetrics
  • Transplant

Research (3 days) – Dietetic interns are assigned to receive this experience at the Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical Translational Science Center or the Columbia University Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Continuous Quality Improvement (2 weeks) – Dietetic interns will work as a group on a continuous quality improvement project to gain leadership experience and learn the methodology on how to improve patient outcomes. This rotation will expose interns to innovation in the clinical care setting and help them develop a solution-oriented mindset.

Food Service Systems Management (2 weeks) – Dietetic interns receive experiences in all phases of foodservice during their rotation experience. They will also gain exposure to the financial management of foodservice operations.

Ambulatory Nutrition (3 weeks) – Dietetic interns experience nutrition therapy in the outpatient setting, including nutrition counseling and instruction, to patients through in-person visits and through telehealth.

Precepted Staff Relief (3 weeks) – This experience provides the dietetic intern with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during clinical unit assignments and to demonstrate competence in assuming full responsibility of a staff dietitian’s position.

Professional Development (3 weeks) – Dietetic interns will plan their own learning objectives and experiences in relation to meeting program competency requirements and based on individual interest, self-assessed learning needs, and professional goals.

Health and Wellbeing (1 week) – Dietetic interns will gain experience with the NYPBeHealthy Program, a worksite wellness program which promotes healthful diet and exercise habits with the staff, employees, and students of NewYork-Presbyterian.

Note: Some rotations have remote learning, which will require internet and computer access. If a dietetic intern does not have these items available to them, the Program will assist in providing solutions.

Disclaimer: Clinical rotations and learning experiences are subject to change due to operational changes in the Department of Food and Nutrition.

Monthly Class Day, Lectures, and Meetings

The first three weeks of the program are general orientation to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Department of Food and Nutrition, and the Dietetic Internship Program. To supplement the educational experiences provided in rotation, there is a monthly Class Day session where interns participate in lectures, presentations, and skills workshops. In addition to Class Day, dietetic interns can attend a variety of professional in-services, interdisciplinary team rounds, and conferences during the program.


Dietetic interns are granted ten holidays, in accordance with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital policy, during the program period. They are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Personal Time Off

Each dietetic intern receives twenty (20) days off for vacation, illness, personal business, religious observance, bereavement, jury duty, etc., during the program period.