Dietetic Internships at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Train for your career as a Registered Dietitian in a Harvard Medical School-affiliated long-term chronic care hospital.

A dietetics intern and dietitian review a set of patient orders in a kitchen at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston.

Dietetics Training in a Hospital Setting

If you’re training to become a Registered Dietitian, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center offers the only ACEND-accredited internship in New England in a geriatric long-term care setting. As a long-term chronic care hospital, we serve patients with complex medical needs, including person-centered care for those with chronic illness and short-term post-acute care for patients recovering from a hospitalization, illness, or surgery.

With locations in Boston and at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center is the only senior health care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School. And as part of the broader Hebrew SeniorLife network, we offer a full continuum of care for seniors.

About the Curriculum

The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dietetic Internship’s mission is to prepare graduates by providing the tools to care for the growing population of older adults in hospital settings. The program will provide an emphasis in geriatric nutrition and food service management to help raise the standards in senior health care. 

The internship program offers two tracks:

  • A 10-month, full-time track running from September to June
  • A 22-month, part-time track running from September to June, including a two-month break in between the first and second year.

Both tracks provide training in a long-term chronic care hospital with a focus on the aging population and clinical rehabilitation. We provide interns with a supervised practice experience designed to provide a strong theoretical knowledge base with practical experiences in: 

  • Sub-acute clinical nutrition
  • Outpatient nutrition services
  • Community nutrition
  • Food service management
  • Skilled nursing
  • Long-term medical care 

The program also includes a rotation at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, allowing interns to gain exposure in nutrition and geriatric research at one of the largest gerontological research facilities in the U.S. The Marcus Institute, which is also affiliated with Harvard Medical School, is based at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. 

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Commission of Dietetic Registration credentialing examination for Registered Dietitians.

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Applying to the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dietetic Internship

To apply to a Dietetic Internship, individuals must meet the following requirements: 

  • Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree. For those who plan to complete the internship and take the CDR exam in 2024, a master’s degree will be required.
  • We will not disqualify an applicant based exclusively on their grade point average, but a GPA of at least 3.2 is preferred. We require evidence of education obtained within five years of admission to the program (six years as of 2024), i.e. completion of at least six credits in dietetics-related coursework including a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement (signed), or equivalent.
October 29 - December 17, 2021 Dietetic Intern open houses
February 1, 2022 The $75.00 application fee must be paid for consideration to the program.
February 15, 2022 Last day to submit applications to the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service
February 15, 2022 Last day to register with internship choices via D&D Digital
April 3, 2022 Notification Day
April 4, 2022 Applicants who are matched must confirm acceptance
September 12, 2022 Class of 2022 start date

 

  1. Submit your nonrefundable $75 application fee by February 1, 2022 using the link in the payment information section below.
  2. Submit your application via the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service. The complete online application packet must be submitted by February 15, 2022. There is a $50 first application fee and $25 each additional application fee. A completed application packet includes:
    • The standard application form
    • Personal statement. Please answer the following two questions in no more than three paragraphs total:
      • How did you become interested in the field of dietetics?
      • Our internship has a geriatric concentration. What makes you interested in this population? How do you hope to help this population nutritionally?
    • All transcripts
    • Current resume
    • Three reference letters: one professor, one work/volunteer supervisor, and one from either a professor or work/volunteer supervisor 
  3. Register via D&D Digital with your internship priority choices. This must also be completed by February 15, 2022. There is a $55 matching fee. Applicants should call D&D Digital prior to the deadline if they do not receive an email with login information. Notification Day will be on April 3, 2022
  4. All applicants must participate in either a Zoom or in person interview.

Thank you for submitting your payment for program fees and/or tuition.

If you have any problems with this form, please contact Tabitha Fineberg at 617-971-5402 or tabithafineberg@hsl.harvard.edu.

Tuition Fees

Applicants who are matched to the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dietetic Internship must call 617-971-5402 by April 4, 2022 to confirm acceptance. The program start date for the class of 2022 is September 12, 2022.

Please note that the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) completion date on the final verification statement must be prior to the entry date, September 12, 2022.

Once an applicant is matched and a start date is determined, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Academic Programs Department will contact the applicant to start the onboarding process. Our dietetics interns are subject to the same screening process as other trainees, such as background checks and medical documentation. COVID-19 vaccinations are required to participate in our internship.

We strongly recommend participating in an open house. This will give you an opportunity to meet and talk with our staff to help determine if our program is right for you. Due to COVID-19, all open houses will be held virtually. The following dates are available for the 2021-2022 application season:

To register, please fill out the online survey at least three days in advance of your preferred date. For questions about the open houses, contact Alegria Cohen, Internship Program Director.

Friday, November 5 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, November 12 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, November 19 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, December 3 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, December 10 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, December 17 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Wed, January 5 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
Friday, January 7 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Friday, January 14 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
A culinary staff member with a patient at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. They are standing in front of a counter that is filled with colorful vegetables.

Program Information and Application

Visit our academic programs website to learn more about the Dietetic Internship at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center including more about the curriculum and schedule, costs, application process, and selection process.

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What People are saying about Hebrew SeniorLife

  • "The dietetic internship at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center was my first choice, and it exceeded my expectations from the start. I was very impressed with the professionalism and the genuine care that I experienced from the director, preceptors, and staff. The support and positivity that was extended during each rotation allowed me to build a strong knowledge foundation, make lasting connections in the field, and comfortably explore a wide variety of potential work settings."

    Tammy Hanel

    Master's in Applied Nutrition Student

  • "The HRC nutrition team provided an excellent experience for my clinical and long-term chronic care rotations. I really value the team’s commitment to remaining up-to-date on current nutrition research and recommendations. Overall, I felt well-prepared for my exam due to my rotations at HRC. I passed the exam and got a job two months after completing my internship."

    Alicia Couture

    Registered Dietitian

  • "During my dietetic internship, I spent two weeks at HRC for a long-term chronic care rotation, where the knowledgeable and compassionate dietitians taught me so much about working in long-term chronic care and about the nutrition needs of the geriatric population. I had such a great experience that I went back for a week of staff relief and applied for a position at NewBridge on the Charles after completing my internship. The connections I made at HRC definitely helped me to get hired at NewBridge as a clinical dietitian, and everything I learned during my internship rotation carried over into my new role, making it a very smooth transition!"

    Tayla Carter

    Clinical Dietitian