James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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The information on this web page is provided for potential applicants of the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program. If you are interested in this program or have questions please contact the Dietetic Internship Director. 

Let the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). VA is one of the largest employers of dietitians in the nation. VA internships offer excellent career opportunities, networking potential, and incentives.

During the program, students participate in a variety of learning experiences: clinical dietetics, food service systems, clinical management, and  community nutrition. The program is affiliated with a numerous hospital, community, clinical, and institutional sites throughout the area. There are also additional opportunities for attending professional dietetics seminars and conferences. Click this link for Program Calendar 2019-2020


  • A 12-month dietetic internship program with 15 graduate credits taken at New York University (NYU) during the year
  • Opportunity to continue at NYU after finishing the dietetic internship to complete a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition
  • Demonstrated successful first-time passing rate of 100%.
  • Intense, full-time program offering rotations in clinical and community nutrition, and food service management.

Established internship policies require that each intern is responsible for the following in order to qualify for successful completion of the dietetic internship and to participate in graduation ceremonies:

  1. Complete the scheduled 51 weeks of practical experiences.
  2. Report for duty prepared to begin work at or before scheduled time.
  3. Satisfactorily complete each rotation.
  4. Complete all assignments and projects by established deadlines.
  5. Attend each rotation fully prepared.
  6. Complete staff relief experience with an overall competent performance rating based on established criteria.
  7. Provide evidence of having earned a minimum fifteen continuing education credits during the 12 month internship through attendance at conferences, in-services, case presentations and debates ( excludes graduate course work). Every intern is required to attend at least 1 outside professional meeting (e.g. local dietetic association event) during the internship.
  8. Attends all scheduled workshops, seminars, field trips and class days during the internship. Make-up work is required for any missed days.
  9. Complete 15 credits of graduate-level coursework at New York University (NYU) during the 12 months of the internship program www.nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/university-academic-calendar.html
  10. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 for graduate coursework at NYU.

Failure of an intern to meet any of the above stated requirements will result in suspension or failure to complete the internship program, and inability of the intern to participate in the internship graduation ceremony as determined by the Dietetic Internship Director and/or the Academic Review Board. Additional program policies may apply, based on individual circumstances.

Failure of any intern to complete a Master's degree at New York University will not prevent the intern from receiving a Verification Statement for completion of the dietetic internship, provided all requirements specified above are satisfactorily met.

Interns MUST be enrolled at NYU during the dietetic internship and complete 15 credits of graduate coursework in Clinical Nutrition. COMPLETION of the remaining graduate credits for the MS in Clinical Nutrition is not required.

Why Choose Us?

  • Stipend- as an intern, you receive a stipend awarded by Office of Academic Affairs/VHA, paid bi-weekly, August-to-August!
  • Individualized Attention from Preceptors
    - During clinical rotations, you work one-on-one with an RD.
    - The preceptors challenge but don't overwhelm you.
    - The preceptors are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about precepting interns!
  • Professional Respect and Enhanced Scope of Practice
    Registered Dietitians in the JJPVA can change and order therapeutic diets, order labs for their patients and are the only medical professionals here who can order liquid nutritional supplements (i.e. Ensure, Boost) for inpatients or outpatients.
  • Team Approach to Patient Care- physicians and staff are receptive to questions and your recommendations are usually implemented.
  • Computerized Medical Records- easy access your patient's medical record from your desk. No waiting for charts!
  • Possibility for Future VAMC Career- VA is one of the largest employers of dietitians in the country and we love to hire our interns and graduates!
  • Non-competitive, Friendly Atmosphere
    - The hospital staff welcomes questions and helps you feel at ease from the first day of the internship.
    - Opportunity to form lasting friendships with other interns.
  • NYC Location - rotations are accessible by public transportation.
  • Transportation- The VA may contribute to some of your Metro Card costs if you take public transportation to work.
  • There is free parking at the VA for interns who choose to drive.
  • Intern Office with Personal Desks, and Computers with High Speed Internet Access- each intern gets their own desk.
  • NYU Education
    - Once the dietetic internship is completed, interns have the option to complete the remaining credits for an MS in Clinical Nutrition in as little as one additional semester at NYU, one of the most well respected universities in the country
    NYU provides the benefits of large university while the nutrition department provides personal attention, allowing for a smaller school feel (the best of both worlds!).
    No GRE's are required

SPRING 2020 MATCH Open House Dates
Open houses take place annually for the Spring match every 2nd Friday in December and the 1st and 2nd Fridays in January.
Friday December 13th 2019 9:30am
Friday January 3rd, 2020 9:30am
Friday January 10th, 2020 9:30am

All Open House events take place at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Please RSVP the week before the day you would like to attend at jean.leitch@va.gov

Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)

  • Becoming an RD is a five-step process. The dietetic internship is step 2.
  • To be elgible for the dietetic internship, you must first complete an undergraduate or graduate ACEND-accredtied Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD provides all of the prerequisite and core dietetics courses needed for preparation for the supervised practice portion of the RD training. The supervised practice portion is completed during the dietetic internship.
  • After completing the dietetic intrnship, you must pass the national Registration Examination for Registred Dietitians, which is adminstered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR).
  • For more information, see http://www.eatrightpro.org/about-us/become-an-rdn-or-dtr/high-school-students/5-steps-to-become-a-registered-dietitian-nutritionist


The program is currently granted continued Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600