Distance Track


The Dietetic Internship Program at Stony Brook is sponsored by the School of Medicine.  The Stony Brook University Dietetic Internship Program - Distance Track has an emphasis on clinical nutrition therapy.  The program includes 37.5 hours of orientation, 1040.5 hours of block rotations (clinical nutrition therapy, food service, community nutrition, elective, renal), and 24 hours of Evaluation & Review week.  The Internship is 1215 hours in length.  

If you are offered admission for the 2024-2025 year, Orientation will be held from July 15, 2024 through July 19, 2024.  Rotations and seminar start immediately after Orientation.  The intern will work directly with their preceptor to arrange a schedule for each rotation. Evaluation & Review week will be held at Stony Brook University and will run from April 28, 2025 through May 2, 2025.  Orientation and Evaluation & Review Week will take place at Stony Brook University.

Highlights of the Distance Dietetic Internship: 

  • The program will accept up to 15 students per year, 2 of whom can be part-time
  • Interns attend professional development seminars on resume writing, interviewing, professional portfolio development, malnutrition training, Objective Structured Clinical Exams, a renal dialysis center tour and preparation for the CDR credentialing exam
  • Each intern will be required to be present every other week for a 30-minute video conference with the Program Coordinator or Associate Director to assess attainment of competencies and to provide feedback.
  • Intern prepares the schedule so needed weeks or days off can easily be accommodated, as needed
  • Integrative nutrition therapy perspective
  • Involved in robust CQI projects and clinical research projects
  • Access to SBU library system, e-journals, e-databases (such as Natural Standard)
  • Interns have a 75 hour elective rotation to allow for further development of interests. Examples of potential placement options include private practice, NICU, campus athletics department or a renal facility.
Technical Requirements

This program uses Blackboard for the facilitation of communications between faculty and students, submission of assignments, and posting of grades. You are responsible for having a reliable computer and Internet connection throughout the term. Caution! You will be at a disadvantage if you attempt to complete all coursework on a smartphone or tablet. It may not be possible to submit the files required for your homework assignments.  

The following list details a minimum recommended computer set-up and the software packages you will need to have access to and be able to use:

  • PC with Windows 8 or higher (we recommend a 3-year Warranty)
  • Macintosh with OS 10.11 or higher (we recommend a 3-year Warranty)
  • Intel Core i5 or higher
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Explorer; Mac users may use Chrome, Firefox or Safari. (A complete list of supported browsers and operating systems can be found on the My Institution page when you log in to Blackboard.)
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Printer
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Word processing software (Microsoft Word, Pages, etc.)
  • Speakers (either internal or external) or headphones
  • Ability to download and install free software applications and plug-ins (note: you must have administrator access to install applications and plug-ins).
  • Adobe Flash player with the latest update is crucial for playing multiple videos throughout the course

Interns will be required to bring laptops to Orientation and Evaluation & Review Weeks.