Program Overview

[2011-2012 Internship Class]
Onsite Intern Class of 2011-2012



The mission of the DI program is to prepare entry-level dietitian nutritionists who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership within the profession.


In this program students are exposed to the diversity of dietetic practice through multiple planned experiences. Drawing upon a variety of resources and professionals, students will work with Registered Dietitians and other healthcare professionals in traditional hospital practice, long term care facilities, out-patient clinics, government food management programs and other settings.

The program requires that students collectively complete three practicum classes and two graduate coursework classes, totaling 24 credits. Students may choose to apply this graduate coursework to one of three graduate degree programs at The Sage Colleges: Applied Nutrition, Health Services Administration or Community Health Education.

The combination of practicum experiences and academic enrichment will position the graduate for a variety of career choices as well as provide the beginning of their graduate education.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship at Sage Graduate School is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). The address and telephone number of ACEND are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, 312-899-4876. The program may accept up to 16 interns per class.

The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Program Goals

The following goals ensure the effectiveness of the Sage DI to achieve its mission.

1.      Prepare graduates to be leaders in a variety of entry-level positions in the field of dietetics; and

2.      Prepare graduates who demonstrate lifelong learning as a personal and professional obligation for dietetics practice

Concentration Area: Communications

This concentration encourages students to come together and utilize various modes of communication to share information with their peers, healthcare professionals and the public. The Communications Concentration has two goals listed below.

Upon completion of the Sage DI, graduates will be able to:

1. Review, analyze, evaluate and disseminate current literature to establish recommendations for best practices in the field of nutrition and dietetics

2. Apply concepts and techniques from current computer and web-based technologies and social media platforms for use in the field of nutrition and dietetics

Refer to Program Expectations for the entire list of Competencies & Learning Outcomes.