Program Details

This program will be accepting applications for the Spring 2021 match. 

Virtual Open House Dates:

  • November 27, 2020: 1-3 pm
  • December 18, 2020: 1-3 pm
  • January 15, 2021: 9-11 am

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 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.
  • 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 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 by providing the supervised practice experience and skills necessary to function as entry level dietitians and to compete effectively in the rapidly changing job market. 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).  The Emory program does not provide a graduate degree.

 In most states, graduates must also obtain licensure or certification to practice.

Program Overview 

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 supervised practice training for dietetic interns leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist who can provide the highest quality nutrition care and health information.

Program Goals

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

  • Over a 3 year period, at least 80% of program interns will complete all program requirements within 57 weeks (150% of program length).
  • Over a 3 year period, 85% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a 3 year period, the program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Over a 3 year period, of graduates who seek employment, 90% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of program completion.
  • Over a 3 year period, employers responding to a post graduate survey will rate graduate knowledge base and ability to perform responsibilities as well prepared for their positions 90% of the time.

Goal 2: The program will prepare interns to communicate nutrition and health information in the community and the profession.

  • Over a 3 year period, 20% of program 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 3 year period, 20% of program 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 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 12 - 14, 2021. Persons invited to interview will be notified no later than March 10, 2021. 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
  • Proof of all required immunizations
    • Documentation of Hepatitis B series (3 doses) and a Hepatitis B titer
    • Documentation of MMR series (2 doses) or Rubeola, Rubella, Mumps titers
    • Documentation of VZV series (2 doses) or VZV titer (chicken pox)
    • TB status documentation
    • Influenza vaccine is provided by Emory Healthcare in the fall.  
  • Final internship fee payment in the amount of $7470 - due by August 6, 2021, 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 University Hospital, 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, 2021 for the spring match process. Check the DICAs website for more information.
  • The fee for DICAS is $50 for the first application and $25 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 non-refundable $65 Emory Hospitals' application processing fee should be made payable to Emory University Hospital and sent to:

Emory University Hospital Dietetic Internship
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, 2021 and accompanied by the following information: 

  • Applicant name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Name of DPD program

Applicants are encouraged to send their application processing 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, 2021. 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. An application must exist in DICAS to be considered for the second round match.

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 2021-2022 include 20 weeks of clinical, 6 weeks of food service management, 6 weeks of community and 4 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 (4 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 (non-refundable)
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Parking
  • Meals
  • Academy Membership
  • GADA Membership
  • Drug Screen

Costs

  • $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 
  • $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 2021-2022 internship will begin in August 2021 and end in May 2022. The first 2 ½ weeks of the program will be dedicated to orientation and skills development classes. Rotations will begin 2 1/2 weeks after the start of the program. The rotation schedule will be shared during the orientation. 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 the beginning of the rotation. For the 2021-2022 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 20, 2021 through January 3, 2022. Classes and rotations resume January 4, 2022. Interns will be scheduled off on graduation day in May 2022.

The schedule for the 2021-2022 internship year will be available by June 2021.

Intern Testimonials

"I feel that Emory’s Dietetic Internship program is setting a whole new standard in the field of nutrition and dietetics.  From its well-known focus in clinical nutrition inside a world-renowned teaching hospital, to the various community settings in partnership with Emory (including some of my favorites in WIC and UGA’s sports nutrition department), to working with arguably the most sustainable and progressive hospital foodservice operation in the southeastern US, the whole experience provides a universe of exploration and virtually unlimited learning opportunities.  Emory’s intellectual rigor in evidence-based practices is the cornerstone that guides the program, and every preceptor in all the rotations instructs with those same lofty standards to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is both challenging and incredibly rewarding.  In my opinion, this is the future of nutrition education - the kind that will bring the profession of nutrition to the forefront of our healthcare industry as it truly deserves.

I came away with a deep sense of gratitude for the privilege of being there, serving those in need while learning the ways of nutritional healing.  In the process I learned a lot about myself that I hadn’t known before - the experience truly changed me for the better, and as a result I feel I am well prepared to tackle the challenges that face us all in our global quest for improved health and well-being.  Thank you Lynne, thank you so very much Michelle, and thanks to everyone who selflessly dedicated their time and efforts to make this program the invaluable experience that it was.  Bravo!"  Ricardo Boye, 2018


"Emory was my first choice dietetic internship based on the program rigor, reputation as a renowned teaching hospital, and tireless dedication of the preceptors. While I enjoyed all of my rotations, two unique experiences worth mentioning were my elective rotations, which I completed in sports nutrition and sustainability, respectively. I rotated at University of Georgia for sports nutrition, and I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t have received a better rotation in this area at any other location in Georgia. This rotation provided a critical understanding of sports nutrition operations and the role of a sports dietitian at one of the largest Division 1 SEC schools in the country, leaving me with a solid background in sports nutrition at the collegiate level. My second elective rotation was in sustainability, which I completed at the USDA. While there, I worked in partnership with the dietitians at Atlanta Public Schools to implement a switch from Styrofoam to compostable lunch trays across all 81 schools in the district. Previous interns had never rotated with the USDA, so this rotation had to be created to accommodate my interest, which exemplifies Emory’s dedication to forming strong external partnerships that provide the best opportunities for their interns. I could not be happier to have completed my internship at Emory, and I feel fully prepared to take the RD exam and begin my career in dietetics!"  Katie Best, 2019


“Emory University Hospital’s Dietetic Internship found the balance between a structured and truly enjoyable experience. From the rigor of the program, to the extensive network it provides, Emory has helped in shaping me into the dietitian I had always hoped to be. I cannot put into words the value this internship provided me with. From the endless support and encouragement of  preceptors and peers, to the moments I was pushed out of my comfort zone, this internship allowed me to find both personal growth and confidence. After graduating, I felt extremely prepared to enter the workforce and utilize the medical nutrition therapy knowledge I had gained in a professional setting. I will be forever grateful for the tools and relationships Emory provided me with.”  Allison Sykora, 2020  


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 15, 2021, 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: November 27, 2020 and December 18, 2020.

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.