Dietetic Internship Program, CAS

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

This program is for students who have been verified by an accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD)who are seeking to become entry-level dietitians and take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

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 1100 hours of supervised practice experience in the application of the nutrition care process to community and health care nutrition based settings and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the credentialing examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.

Future Education Model

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 2023 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.

Affiliated Agencies

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

Program Objective

Our Mission & Goals

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.

  1. To prepare graduates for success as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists
  2. Graduates will fulfill the employment needs of nutrition and dietetics employers

Program objectives can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook. Outcome data is available upon request by contacting the program director: Nicole Beckwith

Credentialing Exam

Once you have completed your internship you will be eligible to take  the credentialing examination for dietitians to become an RDN, offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

After January 1, 2024, the 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). Learn more about this requirement in our online Program Handbook. Our admissions team can help you understand this new master’s degree requirement, contact us if you have any questions.

Professional Licensure

Obtaining your license to practice or 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 program’s Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement regarding the Dietetic Internship Program’s ability to meet specific state licensure or certification requirements.

For additional information about state licensure requirements visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

For additional information about becoming a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist in New York State visit the N.Y.S. Office of the Professions website.



The Dietetic Internship Program at Syracuse University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1.800.877.1600 ×5400). Our program is granted full accreditation through June 30,2029.

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 experienceduring the pre-internship process.

Getting Admitted

Syracuse University Dietetic Internship program has utilized the pre-select process to fill positions to the desired enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year as we phase out our internship program and prepare to launch our new nutrition and dietetics graduate program. Therefore, applications will not be accepted through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) or participate the match process in spring 2023 through D&D Digital Systems.


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For additional admissions information, visit the Dietetic Internship Handbook, contact the Office of Admissions at, or fill out our online form:

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