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  • Requirements

    • Completion of ACEND-accredited requirements by date of admission
    • Baccalaureate Degree
    • Minimum overall GPA 3.0
    • Work experience in nutrition, dietetics, or food service is desirable, but not required.
    • All DPD requirements from an ACEND accredited program must be completed within the past 4 years of applying to Russell Sage College’s Dietetic Internship program. An original, signed copy of the DPD Verification Statement must be provided to the Internship Director before the start of internship.  If date on the DPD Verification statement is greater than 4 years prior to the start of internship, the applicant must demonstrate recency in the field by completing a minimum of four courses equivalent to the following Russell Sage College courses in Nutrition Science:
      • NTR 325 – Community Nutrition
      • NTR 502 – Advanced Food Science
      • NTR 504 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I
      • NTR 517 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II
    • Russell Sage College’s Distance Track Dietetic Internship program cannot accept students from states in which we do not have authorization to serve students. All prospective distance applicants must review the State Authorization information for their state of residence.

    Selection Criteria

    It is the policy of Russell Sage College to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Admission, financial aid, and access to programs will not be influenced or affected in an illegally discriminatory manner by an individual’s race, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Application Form3
    Sports & Extracurricular Activities8
    Professional Conferences, Symposiums & Workshops4
    Work Experience20
    Volunteer Experience15
    Personal Statement20
    Letters of Recommendation35
    Total Possible Score175

    Any applicant not selected by the Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship program may make an appointment between May 15 and June 15 with the Dietetic Internship program director to discuss the reasons for not being selected. This appointment will be held in person or conducted by phone.

    Application Information for Fall 2021

    The Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship program will participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) for the spring 2022 match. For further details about the program, please contact Dietetic Internship program Director, Michelle Morgan, MS, RDN, CDN at 518-244-4598 or [email protected].

    The Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship program offers a 2-year MS/DI option for both the onsite and the distance tracks.  If you are interested in combining a master’s degree while completing the Dietetic Internship at Sage, please contact: Samara Joy Nielsen, PhD, MDiv, Director and Assistant Professor, MS Applied Nutrition at [email protected].

    The Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship program capacity is a total of 24 and 12 Dietetic Internship program interns in the onsite and distance tracks respectively. We do offer a pre-select option for Sage DPD students. 

    Selection Process

    1st Pass

    Remove all incomplete applications and those with GPA < 3.0.

    2nd Pass

    Review all applications and remove unsatisfactory ones, such as applications with several negative letters of recommendation.

    3rd Pass

    Three (3) reviewers score the remaining applicants based on GPA, experience, letters of reference, goals statement and other factors.

    Interviews will be scheduled and held virtually Monday, March 1 – Friday, March 5 via Zoom.

    4th Pass

    Rank applicants based on the average of the reviewers’ scores as well as information gathered on interview day.


    Dietetic Internship Director