Dietetic Internship Program Overview

This overview describes the current Dietetic Internship Program with adjustments during the 2020-2021 Academic Year due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Students will not be accepted into this program for fall 2021 as the program transitions to a Future Education Model Graduate Program with the first class entering in fall 2022.

Internship Rotations

The Dietetic Internship is a full time, 10 month (42 week- September- June) community nutrition-oriented program, with interns in rotation for 5 days per week, generally Monday through Friday. Interns are expected to work some weekends and holidays according to the needs of their assigned rotation.  A minimum of 1,000 hours (due to COVID-19 adjustments) of supervised practice are required and include rotation sites described below.  Weekly Human Nutrition Internship Seminar courses will be taught during the 10 months. 


The University of New Haven’s Dietetic Internship Program will begin the first Tuesday of September. The first two weeks will be devoted to a General Orientation (Human Nutrition Internship Seminar I) when interns receive instruction related to program expectations, policies and procedures, and pre-testing of dietetics competency in preparation for success in future rotations. Results of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Medical Terminology testing will determine additional content to be included during the Seminar Orientation. Individual rotation schedules will also be provided during Orientation.

Continuation of Human Nutrition Internship Seminar I, II, III

Additional “non-rotation” weeks will be scheduled at 6 week intervals throughout the rest of the program allowing Seminar Days to be scheduled when rotations are not planned. This flexibility also enables students to make up or add remedial rotation days during the Seminar week on the days when classes are not scheduled. Seminar days will also include didactic classes, field trips, activities, projects, etc.

Graduate Credit

Human Nutrition Internship I, II & III (NUTR 6693, NUTR 6694 and NUTR 6696) are approved as graduate courses in the Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Public Health programs. Students completing the University of New Haven Dietetic Internship Program are accepted as matriculated graduate students and will earn 6 - 9 graduate credits which can be applied toward one of the above graduate programs here at the University of New Haven. Dietetic Interns taking one additional graduate course per semester offered by the M.S. program of their choice are eligible for federal financial aid. Students who are matched into the University of New Haven Dietetic Internship Program will be encouraged to contact the University of New Haven Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid offices for assistance and guidance obtaining financial aid.

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Schedule has been adjusted so that the current class of dietetic interns can rotate in settings allowing students to participate. Some rotation settings below may be deleted depending upon facility requirements. See Program Handbook for more details for the Academic Year 2020-2021.

Rotation Area Hours Weeks
Human Nutrition Internship
Seminar I & II & III

(NUTR 6001, NUTR 6002, NUTR 6003) are required courses for all dietetic interns:
Hours in class total 120 hours that are not counted as rotation hours. See Syllabus- 2 weeks Orientation then 5 Seminar Day weeks (no rotation) -arranged during 10 months 
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) 1 160 4
MNT 2 & Staff Relief 280 7
Outpatient MNT 120 3
Long Term Care-MNT 1 120 3
Inpatient Food Service
(Acute Care or Long Term Care)
80 2
Retail Food Service 80 2
Community Nutrition 280 7 (5 settings, 1-2 week rotations)
Child/Adolescent 80 2
Specialty 80
  1280 Total Hours 42 Total Weeks (including 2 weeks Winter Break & 1 week Spring Break)

Clinical Nutrition

Dietetic interns will spend 10 weeks in a clinical nutrition rotation (Medical Nutrition Therapy; MNT 1 = 4 weeks, MNT 2 = 5 weeks, Staff Relief = 2 weeks):

(Acute Care)

  • Cardiac
  • Renal Dialysis, Transplant
  • General Surgery, Intensive Care
  • General Medicine, Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatric Unit
  • Diet Office

Long Term Care: MNT + Food Service

Dietetic interns will spend 5 weeks in a long term care rotation which focuses upon Medical Nutrition Therapy-1 (2 weeks) and Food Service (3 weeks) for elderly or rehabilitation patients.

Food Service Retail Management

Dietetic interns will spend 2 weeks in Food Service/Retail/Management rotation with experiences including but not limited to:

  • University Cafeterias

Outpatient MNT

Dietetic Interns will spend 3 weeks in an ambulatory nutrition setting such as:

  • Outpatient Nutrition Counseling
  • Private Practice Offices
  • Other area outpatient facilities 

Community Nutrition

Dietetic interns will spend 7 weeks in five community nutrition settings including but not limited to:

  • Connecticut Dept. of Public Health
  • Community Health Center, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Programs-throughout Connecticut
  • Westport Center for Senior Activities
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Education Programs
  • Shop Rite grocery store - Milford and Orange CT
  • Jones Family Farm or other local farm locations
  • Yale University Hospitality and Wellness Center


Dietetic interns will spend 2 weeks in a child/adolescent setting including but not limited to:

  • School Lunch Programs
  • Pediatric Offices
  • Childhood Obesity Programs

Specialty Rotation

Dietetic interns will spend 2 weeks in specialty rotations of their choice:

  • Private Practice Dietitians
  • Fitness Centers such as the Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge, CT
  • Food Policy Initiatives-such as New Haven Food Policy Council
  • Agriculture programs such as local farms, farmer’s markets, Community Supported Agriculture locations
  • Renal Dialysis Centers
  • Pediatric Offices
  • Center for Discovery - Eating Disorder Treatment Center


Dietetic interns receive two weeks of vacation at the end of December into the beginning of January, and one week vacation during March as Spring Break.