The internship begins in August with an orientation on the Cornell Campus, during which interns visit their community sites and URMC and continues through mid-June when they complete their clinical and management supervised practice. See rotation content areas for details. A detailed internship schedule is provided to accepted interns in April/May. A detailed internship orientation schedule is provided to interns in July.

  • Internship Orientation
  • Required Course: NS 5550, NS 6250, NS 6350
  • Community Nutrition Rotation
  • Lunch Labs
  • Research Project Oral Presentations
  • URMC Strong Orientation (5 days in December)
  • Time Off: Labor Day (1 day), Fall Holiday (1 day), Thanksgiving (2 days), Winter Holiday (10 days)
  • Clinical and Management Rotations
  • Diet and Disease Therapy Lab
  • Research Poster Presentation at New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting
  • Leadership Workshop
  • Exit Interview and Graduation Ceremony
  • Time Off: January holiday (1 day) , April Holiday (1 day)


During the fall semester on Mondays, the interns complete three graduate courses:

  • NS 6250 Community Nutrition in Action: Theory to Practice (3 cr) 
  • NS 6350 Introduction to Community Nutrition Research; and (3 cr) 
  • NS 5550 Leadership in Dietetics (2 cr)

and attend research seminars on Cornell's campus. Interns participate in a counseling workshop to enhance their skills. To assure an in-depth experience, interns participate in the entire program development process 3 days for 14 weeks at one community site culminating is 3 days of advanced entry-level staff relief near the end of the rotations.

Potential community sites include those in or near Ithaca (less than a one-hour) drive in  Syracuse, Elmira,  Waterloo, Binghamton, and Rochester, NY (a two hour drive):

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension county and state nutrition programs for limited resource families
  • Wellness programs at Cornell for employees and retirees and at Wegmans Corporate Nutrition Program for consumers and employees
  • Nutrition Assistance Programs serving limited resource individuals at Central NY Department of Health and food banks (Foodlink, Southern Tier and Central NY)
  • Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES, Ithaca City Schools and Victor Central School District school meal programs; and
  • Foodnet and Onondaga County DALTCS Elderly Nutrition Programs, serving seniors.

Following an orientation in mid-December, the interns spend 5 days a week from January to mid-June at URMC Strong Memorial Hospital, ranked among "America's Best Hospitals" in a US and News World Report. Interns complete 18 weeks of supervised clinical practice. All interns complete beginning level supervised practice in General Medicine, Psychiatric Disorders, Wellness and Long Term Care. 

Interns then move to intermediate level placements in Organ transplant including renal; Cardiac rehab, Endocrine (adult and pediatric), Pediatrics, and Clinical Research.

They finally complete advanced level in Pediatric nutrition support, Outpatient pediatrics, Critical Care (ICU, PICU & NICU) and Oncology.

Interns select 2 weeks from one of the above for additional experience or from Administration, Management, Lactational Counseling, Sports Medicine, Eating Disorders or Center for Community Health and complete 1 week of 'capstone' clinical dietitian staff relief.

Interns begin the 6 week management rotation in the Food and Nutrition Services by rotating through production, purchasing, Café 601, patient meal service and half a day of management staff relief. Intermediate level management includes experiences with more complex projects in the Diet & Disease Therapy Lab and Stairwell Challenge under close supervision. Advanced level experiences conclude with the more autonomous and comprehensive 'capstone' Café 601 National Nutrition Month project.

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