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.
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|
- Submit your nonrefundable $75 application fee by February 1, 2022 using the link in the payment information section below.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|