The Advanced Certificate Dietetic Internship program at The School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepares entry-level dietitian nutritionists who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership within the profession.

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.

The program is available through three tracks:

Competitive Advantages

The Sage Graduate Schools Dietetic Internship:

  • specializes in preparing future dietitians in clinical, food service management, and community nutrition
  • offers a group of top-rated faculty active in all areas of the field
  • collaborates with specialized dietitians and other area professionals to bring their wide range of expertise to the program
  • provides each intern with individual attention and support
  • offers five graduate courses that may be applied to a master’s degree in either Applied Nutrition or Health Services Administration

This program is only for students who have successfully completed at least a baccalaureate degree and minimum academic requirements established by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics – a didactic program in dietetics-DPD. Successful graduates of the program are eligible to take the registration examination to earn RD status.

2016-2017 DI Calendar

DI Information Sessions

All prospective interns are strongly encouraged to either attend an Information Session or arrange a telephone Information Session prior to completing the Dietetic Internship Application packet, which is due February 2017 for the Fall 2017 class.

Onsite DI Information Session

November 18, 2016, 2-3:30 pm – location TBD

Distance DI Information Session (offered online)

November 17, 2016, 2-3:30 pm via Adobe Connect

Dietetic Internship Affiliate Institutions and Placements

A variety of facilities in and around the Capital District, as well as the lower Hudson Valley and North Country have agreements with the SGS DI to host onsite track interns. The DI Director arranges placement for and schedules interns at facilities based on their prior type and level of work experience, preferences and geographic location.

The intern’s address in the Capital District is also taken into consideration whenever possible. The following facilities have provided practicum experiences for our interns over the past five years. Interns do not go to all of these facilities and usually only one intern is placed at a facility at any given time. Interns generally are placed at 5-7 facilities throughout the program.

Applicants who apply for placement in the Lower Hudson Valley, North Country or other surrounding areas are primarily placed at facilities in those locations with the expectation that they are/will be living in the geographic area while completing the DI and commute to the Troy campus for orientation, presentations, special activities and some supervised practice rotations. These activities are approximately 15-25% of the dietetic internship practicum.

Selected Onsite Placement Locations: 

  • Lower Hudson Valley (Kingston and Poughkeepsie areas, approximately 75 to 125 miles south of The Sage Colleges): 1 or 2 students may be placed in this area.
  • North Country (Plattsburgh and Clinton County area, approximately 3 hours north of The Sage Colleges): 1 or 2 students may be placed in this area.
  • Other locations as negotiated with the DI Director.

Gainful Employment

The Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is subject to Gainful Employment Regulations.

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.