The internship begins in mid-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.

Community Nutrition Rotation

During the fall semester on Mondays, the interns complete in 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 Elmira, Syracuse, Waterloo, Binghamton, etc.) or further away in 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, WIC Supplemental Nutrition Programs and food banks (Foodlink, Southern Tier and Central NY)
  • Broome-Delaware-Tioga BOCES and Victor Central School District school meal programs; and
  • Foodnet and Onondaga County DALTCS Elderly Nutrition Programs, serving seniors.

Clinical Nutrition and Management Rotations

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 choose 1 week of select 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 entry-level 'capstone' staff relief.

Interns begin the 6 week management rotation in the Food and Nutrition Services by rotating through production, purchasing, Café 601, and patient meal service.  They move to intermediate level with more complex projects in the Diet & Disease Therapy Lab, and for National Nutrition Month under close supervision and finally complete advanced level with the more autonomous and comprehensive ‘capstone’ Food Fair and 1 day of staff relief.