Danbury Hospital Dietetic Internship Personal Statement

Due to the forecasted winter storm, The Western Connecticut Health Network Dietetic Internship Open House initially scheduled for Thursday January 4th, will be rescheduled to the snow date of January 5th 2018 from 2:00-4:00 at the same location.

Please email Janet.hiser@wchn.org if you have any questions.

Western Connecticut Health Network is pleased to present its Dietetic Internship Program with a concentration in medical nutrition therapy. Dietetic interns will experience a broad range of instruction and hands-on experience in a dynamic setting dedicated to health education and research. Rotations may include travel to New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, and Danbury Hospital.

The program consists of more than 1,200 supervised practice hours in clinical, community, research and food service management. Typically the program runs Monday – Friday with the exception of a few weekends for health fairs. The program runs from August through June in the next year.

Click here to download the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook

  • 11 weeks in acute care
  • 2 weeks in long term care
  • 5 weeks in staff relief
  • 8 weeks in community nutrition
  • 5 weeks in food service management
  • 2 weeks in research

Community settings which may include school food service, group homes, outpatient nutrition therapy, bariatric surgery, diabetes education, dialysis, WIC, SNAP Education, cardiac rehabilitation and Meals on Wheels.

Research project is working together on a research topic which will include a professional poster presentation.

Graduation Requirements

During the internship program, the interns must meet all requirements outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement including:

  • Payment of all program tuition and fees
  • Satisfactory completion of all planned experiences and assignments in each rotation
  • Satisfactory evaluations on all rotations
  • Interns receive developmental and performance feedback via:
  • Written evaluation for each rotation by the preceptor
  • Written evaluation of projects and assignments

Contact Us

Janet D. Hiser, MOE, RD, CD/N, Dietetic Internship Director
Danbury Hospital
Food and Nutrition Department
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury CT, 06810
Telephone: 203-739-7216
Fax: 203-739-7619



Western Connecticut Health Network Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: (315) 899-0040 ext 5400
Website: www.eatright.org/ACEND

We are approved to accept 6 interns.  Our next accreditation will be 2019.  

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Admissions & Program Requirements

The dietetic internship is for students who have successfully completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (Accredited by ACEND) and a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree.  A GPA of 3.0 is required to be competitive with a minimum of "B" in dietetics courses. Selection is based on academics, personal statement, experiences, and letters of recommendation.

The internship is a full-time program requiring 1200+ hours of supervised practice. All rotations are planned by the program except for a two week specialty rotation which the intern plans. Students are required to take and successfully pass two graduate courses in the fall semester:
  • AH 5350. Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
    Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics; instructor consent required.
    Provides student with advanced nutrition therapy information for the effective treatment of complex medical problems. Emphasizes all aspects of the nutrition care process as it relates to medical conditions. The research regarding the physiological, pathological and metabolic basis for nutrient modifications will be emphasized.
  • AH 5351. Contemporary Nutrition Issues and Research
    Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Dietetics majors, others by consent of the Director of Dietetics; instructor consent required.
    Critical thinking and application of research to contemporary issues in food and nutrition applied to clinical nutrition and community/public health nutrition. Learning occurs through classroom discussions, self-exploration through reading and applying scientific studies to issues, and participation in a research project.
No degree is granted. 

Application Process
  • Spring match
  • Participates in the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be found at http://portal.dicas.org, email: DICASinfo@DICAS.org.
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Applicants must also register for Spring Computer Match online for computer matching at http://www.dnddigital.com/, D & D Digital Systems, Suite 301, 304 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010, (515) 292-0490, email: dnd@sigler.com, and select dietetic internship priority choices by February 15. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.
  • Submit the supplemental application and $70 application fee (make check payable to Dietetics Program - University of Connecticut); mail to Dietetics Program, Department of Allied Health Sciences, c/o Jessica Massey, University of Connecticut, 358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101, Storrs, CT 06269-2101

(To print the Internship Application checklist, click here)


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