Dietetic Internship Overview

Challenging 9-month program

  • Medical nutrition therapy concentration
  • 8 interns accepted annually
  • Begins in early to mid-August and ends in mid-May
  • Fully accredited since 1967
  • The program does not provide financial aid; interns may apply for scholarships through the Georgia Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Emory Hospitals Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which is recognized by the United States Department of Education. This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics programs.

Contact information for ACEND is listed below:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400
eatright.org/acend

Rotations, classes and other learning experiences are designed to meet the Standards of Education and the ACEND Competency Statements for Supervised Practice Programs.

The internship prepares interns to sit for the registration examination to become registered dietitians and provides interns with the skills necessary to function as entry level dietitians and to compete effectively in the rapidly changing job market. Licensure is required for dietitians to practice in Georgia. Licensure requirements vary by state, but registration is required for licensure.

About the Program

Program Philosophy and Mission

The philosophy of the dietetic internship program is in accordance with the mission of Emory Healthcare: "to serve humanity by improving health through integration of education, discovery and healthcare."

The program mission is to provide excellent training for dietetic interns so that they may provide the highest quality nutrition care and health information.

Program Goals

The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • Over a 5 year period, 95% of interns entering the program will complete all program requirements within 57 weeks of beginning the program.
  • Over a 5 year period, 85% of graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first try.
  • Over a 5 year period, 85% of graduates seeking employment will find positions in dietetics or a related field within 12 months of graduation from the program.

Employers responding to a post graduate survey will rate graduates' knowledge base and ability to perform responsibilities as well prepared for their positions 90% of the time.

  • The program will prepare interns to communicate nutrition and health information in the community and the profession.
  • Over a 5 year period, 20% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report making a professional presentation to peers, clients or members of the community on a nutrition or nutrition related topic.
  • Over a 5 year period, 20% of graduates who respond to an alumni survey will report developing a professional written communication about a nutrition or nutrition related topic for an article, education material, newsletter, blog , etc.

Outcome Data is available on request.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's or Master's degree in Food and Nutrition or Dietetics from an ACEND approved didactic program in dietetics (DPD program)

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0; Minimum science GPA: 3.0

The following are considered when ranking applicants:

  • Academic ability
  • Written communication skills
  • Experience (work and volunteer related to the field and/or experience that has contributed to the applicant’s personal growth and has involved a fair degree of responsibility or decision-making)
  • Sense of direction/commitment to a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics
  • Leadership ability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Recommendations (as included in the application)
  • GRE scores are not required - those with GRE scores are welcome to include them if desired
  • Telephone interviews will be scheduled March 17 - 19, 2018. Persons invited to interview will be notified no later than March 15, 2018. Being selected or not selected to interview does not guarantee a candidate will or will not be ranked and does not guarantee the ranking order.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Persons matched through the application process must provide the following prior to being formally admitted to the program:

  • $830 deposit – due when accepting the match
  • Verification statement from an ACEND accredited DPD program
  • Official final transcript from an ACEND accredited DPD program
  • Negative drug screen results
  • Successful background check results
  • Final internship fee payment in the amount of $7470 - due by August 1, prior to starting the program

The program complies with EEOC law regarding discrimination against protected classes of individuals or any individual.

Application Process

The Emory Hospitals Dietetic Internship participates in the online centralized application process, DICAS. There are three steps to complete the application process: 1. DICAS online, 2. Submit processing fee and information to Emory Hospitals, 3. D&D Digital computer matching.

DICAS Online
  • DICAS can be accessed from here 
  • Email the application by 11:59 pm CST on February 15, 2018 for the spring match process. Check the DICAs website for more information.
  • The fee for DICAS is $40 for the first application and $20 for each additional application.
  • On the DICAS application, applicants will be asked to complete a personal statement of up to 1000 words. Items that should be addressed in the statement include:
    1. Why you want to enter the profession of dietetics
    2. Experiences that have helped to prepare you for an internship
    3. Short and long term goals for your career
    4. Strengths and areas where improvement is needed
    5. Reason for selecting the Emory program
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:

DICAS - Transcript Dept.
POB 9118
Watertown, MA 02472

When completing the application form, you must include the name and contact information for each reference, including email addresses. This will trigger an email to the reference asking them to complete a reference form online.

The same references need to be used for each application.

The $65 Emory Hospitals' application processing fee should be made payable to Emory University Hospital and sent to:

Lynne Ometer, MS, MHA, RD, LD
Food and Nutrition Services Department FG-06
Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

This fee must be postmarked by February 15, 2018 and accompanied by the following information:  applicant name, phone number, email address, name of DPD program. Applicants are encouraged to send their application fee via certified mail.

Computer Matching: D&D Digital

Register online for computer matching with D&D Digital Systems at dnddigital.com. Register and select your dietetic internship choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15, 2018. There is a $50 computer matching fee that is payable when you make your selections. See the D&D Digital site for the deadline on changes of priority rankings.

D&D Digital Systems
Suite 301
304 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010

Second Round Match Process

If open internship slots remain following the first round match, the program will first offer any available slot(s) to applicants initially ranked by the program who did not match to another program. Following this process, the program will accept applications to fill any remaining slots through DICAS.

Curriculum

Classes

Non-credit classes are generally scheduled Monday morning from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. They are presented by a variety of professionals who are experts in their field. Topics may include: renal disease, transplantation, metabolic nutrition, school nutrition, HIV/Oncology, public policy, ethics, interviewing, food service management, and others. Classes are frequently combined with other internships in the Atlanta area (Georgia State University and Southern Regional Medical Center). Classes may be held at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Georgia State University, Southern Regional Medical Center and occasionally at other off-site locations.

Monday afternoons are usually reserved for intern presentations. Interns each present one formal clinical case study, a seminar, and other oral presentations as assigned. When presentations are not scheduled, time may be used for meetings with the director, coordinator or for work on special team projects.

Planned Rotations

Interns are scheduled in rotations Tuesday through Friday. In the event that no classes are scheduled on a Monday, interns will be assigned to rotations that day. When in rotations, interns keep the same schedule as the preceptor, or as directed by the preceptor. Times will vary during the food service rotation from beginning at 4:30 a.m. to leaving at 9:30 p.m. Hours for most clinical and external rotations also may vary, but are generally 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The rotations planned for 2017-2018 include 20 weeks of clinical, 6 weeks of food service management, 6 weeks of community and 2 weeks of elective rotations. The first 2 1/2 weeks of the program are devoted to orientation and skills development.

The rotations include:

Clinical (20 weeks): bariatrics, cardiology, general medicine, general surgery, oncology, rehabilitation medicine, renal/transplantation, nutrition support, and a four week clinical staff experience.

Food Service Management (6 weeks): Management of patient meal delivery systems; development and marketing of new recipes for retail food service operations; production, purchasing, human resources, quality improvement and management experience.

Community (6 weeks): May include senior citizen programs, Open Hand, maternal and child health, health and wellness, adult diabetes, Atlanta Community Food Bank, school nutrition or other selected rotations.

Elective Rotation (2 weeks): Allows the intern to pursue an area of interest in-depth or explore an area not covered in the program. Examples of elective experiences interns have chosen in the past include: pediatrics, private practice, culinary school, sports nutrition, and genetics. Some interns elect to spend an additional 2 weeks in one of the regular clinical rotation areas that they would like to explore in greater depth.

Skills Development (2.5 weeks): Includes an orientation to the hospital and the program as well as a review of different clinical specialties in nutrition.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, interns must complete all 38 weeks of the program, meet expectations for all ACEND competencies, pass all rotations, successfully complete all assignments submit all required documents/forms and have fully paid all fees. Interns must complete all requirements within 57 weeks of beginning the program. A verification statement will be issued only after all requirements have been met. The required documentation will then be submitted to CDR to allow interns to take the registration examination.

Expenses

Below is a list of estimated expenses that an intern may expect in the Atlanta area. Costs will vary with personal preferences and roommate situation (costs could be less with a roommate).

Item Description

Internship Fee

Rent

Utilities

Parking

Meals

Academy Membership

GADA Membership

Background Check

Drug Screen

Cost

$8,300 (includes $830 deposit)

$700 - $1,200 per month

$150 - $200 per month

$250 - $500 per year

$300 - $400 per month

$50 per year

$15 (Atlanta district) per year 

$30

$60 - $200

Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and personal liability insurance. Professional liability coverage is provided by Emory Healthcare.

Transportation

Interns must provide their own transportation to facilities and are responsible for their personal liability and safety when traveling to and from supervised practice sites and internship classes. Parking is available at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown at a reduced rate. Interns may also park at off-site locations where shuttle service is available into Emory University Hospital, free of charge. Shuttles run between Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Wesley Woods Center. Although the hospitals are accessible by public transportation, it is difficult for an intern to get to some rotations without a car. A car is strongly recommended.

Internship Schedule

The 2017-2018 internship will begin August 9, 2017 and end May 18, 2018. The first 2 ½ weeks of the program will be dedicated to orientation and skills development classes. Rotations will begin on August 30, 2017. The rotation schedule will be shared during the first 2 ½ weeks of the program. Interns are generally scheduled off on weekends unless a rotation experience requires working a weekend day in which case interns will be notified in advance of beginning of the rotation. For the 2017-2018 year interns will be scheduled off on the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day; and Martin Luther King Day. Interns will also be scheduled off on Christmas and New Years as part of a holiday break beginning December 19, 2017 through December 30, 2017, Classes and rotations resume January 2, 2018. Interns will be scheduled off on graduation day, May 18, 2018.

The schedule for the 2018-2019 internship year will be available by June 2018.

Intern Testimonials

"I applied to the internship program at Emory because of the reputation of the hospital. I hoped the standards set for interns would be as high as the award-winning hospital's own. They were; the internship was challenging, exciting, exhausting (at times), rewarding, and a place where I made life-long friends. I learned more during my 10 months at Emory than I thought possible. The structure of the internship allowed me to build on my prior education, while offering a vast support system to ensure quality patient care. The internship helped build my competence as well as my confidence, especially with counseling. Though the internship has a clinical focus, other areas are not lacking. The food service, community, and elective rotations allowed me to experience some of the many careers available in our field. When I completed the internship I had a wonderful sense of accomplishment and knew that I was prepared for not only the registration exam, but also for my future in dietetics." Leah Agnew, 2010

"The Emory Internship program was everything I expected and more. The preceptors were there to guide me throughout the entire program. They were truly passionate about dietetics and equally as passionate about teaching and sharing their knowledge. I had a job lined up prior to graduating as a nutrition manager and sole dietitian for a facility. During the interview, the regional director of the company informed me that the reason he picked me out of multiple applications was that I was an Emory Internship graduate, so he knew how well prepared I would be. He was right! I was able to function confidently in my environment and have already moved on to a larger facility within the same company. Thank you Emory!" Sarah Caron, 2010

"For me, Emory University Hospitals' Dietetic Internship experience can be summed up in three words: thorough, rigorous, and organized. Every minute of the program is designed to benefit the intern. Emory's director and preceptors have dedicated significant time to designing assignments, projects, and hands on learning experiences that most reflect the real life work environment. To the best of the director's ability, a varied and comprehensive depiction of dietetic practice is structured for the intern. Additionally, one of the aspects I am grateful for is the thorough organization of the nine month program. I knew what to expect and when to expect it; knowing I was getting the most out of the experience. With a great credential, a well respected institution, and life long contacts and friends behind me, Emory has launched me on a successful and fulfilling career path!"
Sarah Strong, 2010

"The opportunity to start one's healthcare career at one of the best teaching hospitals in the nation is an opportunity that is beyond comparison. With two major metro-area hospitals offering a variety of specialties and a diverse patient population between them, Emory offers an exceptional clinical nutrition experience. Further, relationships with other hospitals, clinics, and community organizations throughout the Atlanta area give interns the opportunity to experience the profession from all angles and truly identify their calling in the world of dietetics. This internship program graduates young men and women who are fully prepared to enter the workforce and who have gained the knowledge, experience, and support to succeed. I am honored to be one among the many outstanding graduates of Emory Hospitals' dietetic internship program. I will forever appreciate the guidance I received and cherish the relationships I developed through this program." Shannon Brockman, 2011

"Out of all the possible outcomes of the DI matching process, I am so thankful that I was matched at Emory! The exposure is extensive, the rotations are intensive, and the staff is unbeatable. After I completed the program, I was able to pass my exam and get a job within a month. I emerged with a lengthy list of colleagues (once preceptors) that have offered guidance and encouragement on more than one occasion since graduation. Our internship group of 8 was the ideal size and we really did become a family over our quick nine months together. We were able to gain widespread experience through two week rotations in 12 different practice areas and 6 weeks worth of rotations in areas of our interest. I can confidently say I feel competent to enter any entry level position related to dietetics after the internship at Emory." Rachel Stroud, 2011

"Emory was my first choice for the dietetic internship based on it being highly-rated and affiliated with a top-notch university and teaching hospital. So when I got matched to the Emory DI, I was super happy! Everyone I encountered during the internship was phenomenal. The preceptors were so patient with me as I learned the ropes of cardiology, how to enter clinical notes in the patients' electronic medical records, and how to help those in the community through our off-site rotations, just to name a few of the MANY opportunities I was given over the course of my internship. I emerged from the internship ready to take on the RD exam (which I passed on the first try!) and then ready to start my own private practice. I met so many wonderful mentors who showed me the ropes that I had the confidence to follow my dream of being a dietitian nutritionist. Thank you Emory for an incredible experience!" Caitlin Russell, 2012

"Before starting the internship, I was aware of Emory's impressive reputation, and I knew that it was a teaching hospital. However, I didn't fully grasp what that meant until I was one of Emory's interns. The preceptors are dedicated not only to the program, but also to each intern. They constantly encouraged me to engage with other practitioners to gain a more well-rounded view of quality patient care. The program director, coordinator and preceptors have invested significant time in developing meaningful assignments, so that each intern emerges from the program as the best dietitian he or she can be. Although the work load was rigorous, Emory's supportive network of dietitians was always there for encouragement and guidance when needed. I am so grateful to Emory for developing my competence, building my confidence, and preparing me to enter the competitive field of dietetics." Frances Ennis, 2014

"I was compelled to apply to the dietetic internship at Emory because of its reputation as top-rated patient care facility and teaching hospital. The learning environment at Emory is fast-paced, demanding and rewarding! From day one of the internship you are immersed in a variety of clinical, community and foodservice experiences and are challenged each day. I appreciated having an intern class of eight, which allowed for highly personalized feedback from preceptors. In addition to this, I was able to network with dietetic professionals by participating in community events and lectures on the latest trends and research in nutrition. As a result, I met my preceptor and chose an elective rotation in school nutrition. Shortly after graduating, I received an offer for a position in the same district and now work as a nutrition training manager. Thanks to Emory for giving me the tools and confidence to start a great career!" Adrienne Holloway, 2014

"It has been an honor to be an Emory dietetic intern. The rich, well-rounded experiences gained at Emory will be probably be the most valuable of my entire professional career. Not only did this internship allow me to follow my passion, it also allowed me to explore areas of nutrition I previously thought were outside my interest zone, such as oncology and renal nutrition. As soon as I started the program at Emory, I recognized that this was not just an internship that meets ACEND requirements. This was a program whose director, coordinator and preceptors, go above and beyond to maintain top standards; no wonder the program is so prestigious and well-recognized. The preceptors were outstanding. They provided continuous guidance, support, and generously shared their knowledge and experiences, and to that I will always be grateful. I absolutely loved the uniqueness of Emory's dietetic internship in that it exposed us to many different specialties in nutrition. In each one of the 14 rotations I completed, there were inspiring moments that helped remind me of why I chose this profession and why my time at Emory was so worthwhile. In addition, being selected as one of only 8 interns per year had its numerous advantages, including: ability to get to know and learn from other interns' unique experiences, 1:1 supervised practice especially in clinical rotations, not to mention bragging rights for life! I feel confident that Emory's program did not only help me pass the RDN board exam on the first attempt, it also provided me with personal and professional skills that will enable me to pursue the rest of my professional dreams." Hiba Hamadeh, 2015

"My experience as an Emory Hospitals Dietetic Intern was truly incredible! The program size was particularly appealing to me and I was continually impressed by the one-on-one instruction we received. Each and every preceptor was committed to my success and understanding. Upon graduating I truly felt as if I was well prepared to work as a Registered Dietitian in all areas of dietetics. From inpatient to outpatient clinical services, to community outreach, corporate wellness, pediatrics, and private practice, Emory granted me the opportunity to explore a vast variety of potential career paths. Emory not only challenged me, but also affirmed my passion for nutrition!" Cody Jenkins, 2015

"The Emory Dietetic Internship prepared me for a career as a dietitian in ways I could not have possibly anticipated. My clinical and technical skills were carefully fostered, but my leadership and managerial skills were far from neglected. I was pushed and encouraged to hold my practices to the highest standard and I know that I came out a stronger, more confident and more competent dietitian because of it. The one-on-one preceptor to intern ratio was something that I did not know was so unique and incredible about this program until after we had begun. Only then did I realize how lucky I was to have received such specialized, personal and intentional precepting. The seven other interns turned out to be some of my closest friends during the internship, and my preceptors became some of the best instructors, most supportive professional colleagues I may ever have. I will be forever grateful for my time at Emory and to the people there who made it professionally life-changing." Savannah King Thaler, 2015

"The Emory Dietetic Internship definitely exceeded my expectations about the training process of becoming a registered dietitian.  During my last couple of rotations, I truly felt confident in my ability to care for patients independently and on the level of an entry-level dietitian. When I think about the way I ended my internship compared to the way I began my internship, timid and terrified, I realized that my improvement could be credited to the amazing coordinator Michelle, the wonderful director Lynne, and all the dedicated preceptors.  Every single leader was prepared, knowledgeable, and patient with the other interns and me.  They took the time to explain important concepts and ensure that we had a deep understanding of every piece of knowledge and practice required for dietitians.  The preceptors also did everything they could to support what we wanted to get out of the internship.  If there was a special request for a rotation that had not been completed by an intern in the past, the internship leadership pulled the necessary strings to make that dream rotation a reality.  Along with the preceptors, the different rotations provided unique experiences with patients with numerous different medical, nutritional, and financial issues.  From patients post bariatric surgery requiring less calories to patients with food insecurity needing more nutrient dense foods, this internship gave me many experiences that have prepared me to see a wide range of patients in the future.  It was an honor and a blessing to have been chosen as an Emory dietetic intern." Brittany Lenners, 2016

"Admission to any dietetic internship is a massive accomplishment. Admission to Emory’s dietetic internship, for me, is still one of the greatest honors of my life. From the moment I discovered the program online, I knew there was a uniqueness about them. And as I attended informational events and spoke with current interns, that notion was confirmed. Emory is unique, and in the best way possible.

For each of the 8 fortunate interns, schedules are hand-crafted, assignments are tediously structured, and no time is wasted. Honestly, all I knew about a dietetic internship was that it had to be done in order to sit for the board exam. What I realized quickly is that it’s a process- a process of maturing our dry nutrition dogma into a higher understanding of food and how it affects people and communities on every level and corridor of life. The challenge to obtain a grander understanding of how nutrition relates to human nature was posed daily, and I am forever grateful to every preceptor who played a part in shaping my clinical judgement. In the end, every bit of this special process led to me passing the RD exam and obtaining a career I love as a community dietitian." Kathryn Shubert, 2016

"I remember having butterflies and feeling jittery at the thought of becoming a dietetic intern. Transitioning from the comfort and safety of being a student to the reality of training to become a certified healthcare professional seemed intimidating. To my surprise, after the first few days of the internship, I found myself seamlessly easing into my newfound role and thoroughly immersing myself into a program I had always dreamed of attending. I credit that to Michelle, Lynne, and each and every one of our preceptors who welcomed us on that hot summer day with open arms and a unique eagerness to share their knowledge. I am particularly appreciative of the skills development classes we took on the first few weeks, as they reinforced my knowledge in nutrition and prepared me to excel in all of my rotations.

Having finished the program, I can now say with certainty that Emory allowed me to develop the skill set needed to succeed as an entry-level dietitian. The wide variety of experiences I had this past year, from clinical and community, to foodservice and private practice, gave me the ability and confidence to work in any field within dietetics, thereby broadening my career horizons. It has been nothing but an honor, privilege, and blessing to have been part of the Emory Healthcare family and I will be forever grateful to my preceptors for making my experience enriching, educational, and one I will never forget." Denisse Porras, 2017

"Emory had been my top choice before I even completed my undergraduate DPD courses, and being accepted into their dietetic internship is one of my greatest accomplishments! Because of Emory Healthcare's high acuity level, we were consistently exposed to challenging patient and situations that forced us to step outside of our comfort zones and really develop our critical thinking skills as clinicians.

Although the rotations and projects were rigorous, our preceptors were extremely supportive and always available to help us understand. The entire dietetic staff went above and beyond to make sure our experiences were both unique and worthwhile. Being an Emory intern also led to many learning and networking opportunities, such as nutrition seminars, conferences, special volunteer events, and several GADA social outings. After I graduated from Emory's internship, I felt totally confident in my skills and was fully prepared to start my career as a dietitian!” Paige Riley, 2017

Contact Us

If you have questions, please email us at dietetic.internship@emoryhealthcare.org or call 404-712-7268.

An open house is held each January to acquaint applicants with the internship. The open house allows attendees to learn more specifics about what it is like to be in the internship, meet and talk with current interns and preceptors, and tour Emory University Hospital. The next Open House will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.–Noon at Emory University Hospital. Two mini open houses will also be held to give prospective applicants a chance to meet and dialog in a small group setting with the director and coordinator of the internship. The mini open houses will be held from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on the following dates: October 20, 2017 and November 24, 2017.

To register for the open house or a mini open house, send an email no later than one week prior to the open house date to dietetic.internship@emoryhealthcare.org. Space is limited. Mini open houses will be held if there are two or more applicants registered. Dress for the open house and mini open houses is business casual.

We regret that we are not able to schedule individual appointments and/or tours of the program but are happy to schedule time to speak with potential applicants via phone. To schedule a time to speak directly with the program director, please email your request to dietetic.internship@emoryhealthcare.org.