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Dietetic Internship Program


There is continued awareness that the diets people consume contribute to their quality of life. Studies have shown that people’s susceptibility to chronic disease is influenced by their diet and environment. Dietary-influenced chronic disease is observed in affluent communities and in those that are economically compromised. Located in the north Bronx, the Lehman DI has facilities/sites for supervised practice in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield Counties. The Lehman DI has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy and beginning fall 2019, the Lehman DI is participating in the Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water System (SRHFWS) curriculum. With current trend surrounding sustainability, interns get to explore food systems and how they relate to chronic disease prevention.

The Leonard Lief Library of Lehman College has a consortial agreement with the New York Botanical Garden LuEsther Mertz Library. Interns get to explore the library, the Edible Academy, and the NYBG grounds as part of the SRHFWS curriculum.

Our 2022-2023 Dietetic Internship Class represents Brooklyn College, Johnson and Wales University, Lehman College, Metropolitan State University, NYU, and Queens College.

We accept up to 14 interns per year. Slides of the Open House sessions from 2021 are available here in PDF format (click here). Our next Open House sessions will be on Fri., Dec. 2, 2022 from 1-2pm and on Mon., Jan. 9, 2023 from 6-7pm via Zoom. RSVP to Marina Stopler at with your name, college/university, and date you will attend.

Refer to the website for future match dates for dietetic internship programs.

For guidance on the DI application process, review the Lehman DI Info Session slides in PDF format (click here).

Lehman College is located in the northwest Bronx at:

250 Bedford Park Boulevard West

Bronx NY, 10468

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The Dietetic Internship Program has been granted continued Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. ACEND® can be contacted by:

Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

For complete information about our DI Program, including our policies, please refer to our Intern Handbook

Interns who graduate from the Dietetic Internship Program receive a Dietetic Internship Verification Statement. Graduates proceed to sit for the CDR credentialing exam ("Registration Examination", "RD Exam"). Exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Information about the exam can be found on the CDR website.**

After passing the RD Exam, registered dietitians may apply to the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to become a Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist in the State of New York - Office of the Professions

**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). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Lehman College are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to be come an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."