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 requirements
The CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College Internship Program is using the on-line Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS), which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org .
Email questions about the DICAS to: DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.
Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. 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?
to: Ann Gaba EdD, RD, CDN, CDE
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue, Room 611
New York, NY 10035
These must be postmarked by February 15th at the latest.
* After notification of acceptance, Interns are required to apply for degree or non-degree admission status through the Office of Graduate Admissions at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.
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, alienage, 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
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 as you do 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 or 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 at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the internship term. 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 .