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Dietetic Internship Program

Program Details

Program Details

This program will be accepting applications for Spring 2025 selections. 

Virtual Open House Dates:

  • October 25, 2024: 1-3 pm
  • November 29, 2024: 1-3 pm
  • January 17, 2025: 9 am - 12 pm

Option for in-person attendance available upon request

Challenging 9-Month Program

  • 8 interns accepted annually
  • Begins August 14, 2024 and ends May 23, 2025
  • Fully accredited since 1967 with over 700 program graduates to date
  • The program provides supervised practice but does not include a graduate degree.  In 2024, a graduate degree along with supervised practice will be required to sit for the registration examination. For the Spring 2024 match, the program will only accept applicants with a graduate degree as well as graduate students who have completed at least 80% of their graduate degree credit hours and have submitted a signed attestation statement from the applicant and program advisor/director that the anticipated degree completion date is within 57 weeks from the start of the internship program. 
  • The program does not provide financial aid; interns may apply for scholarships through the Georgia Dietetic Foundation (GDF) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Emory University Hospital 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 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400

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

The process for becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) has many steps: earning a baccalaureate degree, meeting the requirements of an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program, satisfactorily completing a supervised practice program (such as a dietetic internship) and passing the national registration examination. 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. The Emory program does not provide a graduate degree. Applicants who do not have a graduate degree will only be considered for admission with evidence that they can successfully complete their graduate degree within 57 weeks of the start of the program.

In most states, graduates must also obtain licensure or certification to practice. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state licensure and certification laws as some states may interpret their statutes differently. More information about state licensure and certification is available at this link: State Licensure.

The Emory University Hospital Dietetic Internship serves as the supervised practice component in this process to become entry-level registered dietitians who compete effectively in the rapidly changing job market. Supervised practice experience and skills include but are not limited to applied medical nutrition therapy with a variety of patient populations, inpatient and outpatient counseling, culinary arts, marketing and product management, food service software application and analysis, use of social media platforms, telehealth, quality improvement, community learning and social medicine with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, and analyzing sustainable practices in large-scale food service operations.