Dietetic Internship Program, CAS

The Dietetic Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain the necessary competency for careers as entry-level dietitians.

The program builds upon the foundation, knowledge, and skills students have acquired from accredited didactic programs in dietetics. The carefully structured program includes a minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in the application of the nutrition care process and model to community based food and nutrition settings and health care nutrition based settings. The concentration area is in program monitoring and outcomes management. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.

The dietetic internship at Syracuse University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ( ACEND) , a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post -Secondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190/ Chicago, IL 60606-6995/ 1.800.877.1600.)

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Syracuse University has applied to open a new and exciting program in August, 2023 to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

Syracuse University demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in 2022 after review of our phase 2 report.

If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin recruiting students during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Contact Nicole Beckwith,, (315) 443-2396 for more information.

Mission Statement

The Dietetic Internship at Syracuse University seeks to prepare graduates to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to fulfill the employment needs of nutrition and dietetics employers and to positively affect individuals, families, and communities through the application of the nutrition care process with a concentration in program monitoring, evaluation, and outcomes management.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare graduates for success as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists
  2. Graduates will fulfill the employment needs of nutrition and dietetics employers
  3. The program will prepare graduates to value life-long learning and self-assessment in order to manage their personal and professional development

Program objectives can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook.

Outcome data is available upon request by contacting the program director: Nicole Beckwith

Expenses & Financial Aid


A current estimated Cost of Attendance can be obtained from Syracuse University Financial Aid Office.

Dietetic Internship estimated cost of attendance can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Interns qualify for financial aid through the graduate school in the form of loans. General financial aid information can be found at the Syracuse University Office of Financial Aid.

William W. Allen Nutrition Scholarship

William W. Allen Nutrition Scholarships are designed to raise awareness of hunger in America by supporting dietetic interns as they learn about the ways in which dietitians can contribute to community nutrition programs that address widespread food insecurity. Scholarship awards are applied toward the internship program fee. Interested students should submit a one-page letter of application stating their interest in community nutrition and any relevant experience after matching with the program.

Affiliated Agencies

Our interns work within diverse agencies listed in the Dietetic Internship handbook.

Credentialing Exam

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, you 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 Syracuse University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements visit the Commission of Dietetic Registration website.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state, which may affect your ability to apply for a professional license/certification upon the completion of the program. Please view our Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement regarding Dietetic Internship Program’s ability to meet specific state licensure or certification requirements.

Getting Admitted

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution offering an accredited didactic program in dietetics and have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and 3.0 in DPD coursework.

Applicants are selected through D&D Digital Systems (visit their website or call 515.292.0490), a computerized matching service that serves as a clearinghouse to match internship applicants and programs. The process requires applicants to go online and register with D&D Digital before their deadline by completing an online profile and payment. Applicants rank/ prioritize the list of internships after they register.

In addition to the D& D process, applicants to Syracuse University’s Dietetic Internship will use the online centralized internship application found on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) website.

DICAS is an online applicant portal, for use by students who are applying to Dietetic Internship programs that participate in the DICAS Match. The DICAS Online is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The DICAS online offers applicants a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service that will allow them to apply to any number of participating dietetic internship programs by completing a single online application. The DICAS Online was specifically designed by DICAS to simplify and streamline the application process while providing considerable flexibility, electronic submission of applications, ongoing communication with applicants, and excellent customer support.

If you need accommodations or assistance regarding the accessibility of the DICAS Online, please contact customer support at 617-612-2855.

The deadline for the application to both DICAS and Syracuse University is February 15, 2021.

A $35 non-refundable application fee for matriculated Syracuse University students or a $40 non-refundable application fee for non-Syracuse University applicants is required by February 15, 2021.

Checks should be made payable to Syracuse University and mailed to:
Donna Sparkes
Syracuse University
Department of Nutrition Science and Dietetics
550L White Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-3240

For more information about getting admitted, see the Dietetic Internship Handbook.

For additional admissions information, visit the course catalog or contact the Office of Admissions at or 315.443.5555.

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