International Students (non-U.S. citizens) need to have appropriate visas. It is the intern’s responsibility to maintain valid visa status for the duration of the internship program. International students wishing to apply must follow procedures set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for international students. For further details, refer to ACEND website section on International Students ( We do not currently sponsor visas.

International students who have current F1 status can enter the NYDDI internship program using OPT (optional practical training visa) during the internship.

OPT visa takes about 3 months to obtain. Students planning to use this option are encouraged to start their paperwork early. Students with an F visa should apply for practical training (CPT or OPT) from their graduating schools. We suggest you meet with the International Student Office months before you graduate to start the process.