Clinical Nutrition Internship Program

Applications are no longer being accepted for ASN’s Clinical Nutrition Internship Program.

The next application cycle will begin in February 2020.

The Clinical Nutrition Internship Program (CNIP) is designed for medical students to foster interest in the role of nutrition in the practice of medicine, medical research, health promotion and disease prevention.

Description of the program:
The CNIP will introduce medical students to a unique blend of educational experiences to enhance their knowledge and familiarity with the importance of nutrition in health promotion, disease prevention and the provision of medical nutrition therapy.

Internships last eight weeks and are usually scheduled over the summer. Both clinical and academic aspects of nutrition are involved in the training.

Each selected student will receive a $2500 stipend for the eight-week internship – $1,250 upon acceptance of the internship and $1,250 upon completion of the intern activities listed below.


  • Internship applicant must be currently enrolled in a medical or osteopathic medicine program.
  • Applicant must be able to travel to the internship site and participate for 8 weeks usually between months of May-August at their own expense, or arrange for local mentorship and experiences at their institution.
    • Available locations for summer 2019 are:
      • California
        • Los Angeles: University of California, LA
        • Orange: Chapman University
      • Maryland
        • Baltimore: University of Maryland Medical School
      • New York
        • New York City: Columbia University
        • New York City: Hunter College, City University of New York
      • Virginia
        • Richmond: Virginia Commonwealth University
      • Washington
        • Yakima: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
      • Canada
        • Vancouver: University of British Columbia
      • Switzerland
        • Vitznau: Center for Neurology and Rehabilitation
      • Applicant may choose a preferred mentor in a location of their own choosing. A Qualified Mentor must be a nutrition professional who is a member of ASN, who agrees to perform this role in advance of the submission, and is identified with contact information included  in the application.
    • Applicant must document ability to sustain interest and further advance understanding of clinical nutrition within medical school following the internship and acknowledged support of your advisor.
    • All application materials must be received by Friday, March 15, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Roles Defined:

  • Student: The student is the applicant. He/she agrees to participate fully in the CNIP program, if chosen, and work with his/her mentor to participate in the defined activities.
  • Mentor: The mentor is an ASN member who agrees to work with the student after the student is chosen for the internship program. The mentor can be from one of ASN’s pre-approved internships or an ASN member identified by the student and listed in their application.
  • Advisor: The advisor is someone at the student’s current institution that helps ensure that the student’s interest in clinical nutrition is sustained and further developed upon completion of this internship. A broad-based nutrition plan for the remainder of his/her medical school training must be submitted in part 2 of the application. The plan should demonstrate how it relates to the nutrition program at the student’s institution. The advisor and mentor may be the same person.

Intern Activities include:

  • Visit at least one nutrition clinic (i.e., outpatient, eating disorders, obesity, pediatric nutrition clinics) each week.
  • Participate in at least 8 nutrition support rounds.
  • Attend at least one research conference each week, (i.e., lab meeting, research seminar, journal club meeting) to be followed by discussion between mentor and student.
  • Spend one half day with a dietitian on four or more occasions. Ideally, the student should work with different dietitians in various specialties or on days that a dietitian is working in different settings (example: inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, clinical rounds, etc.).
  • Write a 3-5 page research paper on a clinical or research nutrition topic of the student’s choice, to be completed and presented to the mentor at the end of the eight week program. A copy of this paper must be sent to the ASN office and the student’s medical school advisor.
  • Complete an evaluation form at the end of the internship for ASN.

Question about the Clinical Nutrition Internship Program?
Contact Stephanie Dunbar

Interested in Sponsoring this Award?
Contact Gwen Twillman