1.Verification Statement (or Declaration of Intent to Complete): Submitted to DICAS by your DPD Program Director (This form demonstrates completion of your Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and it is important to let your DPD Director know that you are applying to Internships.
2. Bachelor's Degree or Higher: From a US regionally-accredited college or university or a foreign equivalent. Transcripts are submitted through DICAS.If you are planning to start the Internship close to your DPD or undergraduate degree completion, you must confirm with your college Registrar that your Bachelor's degree will be posted to your transcript by the start date of our Orientation (see Calendar tab). If that is not going to be the case, please click here. All foreign degrees must be translated and evaluated by an agency approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For a list of agencies, click here.
3. Negative Background Check and Negative Drug Screen: All Interns will be required to undergo a comprehensive Background Check immediately after accepting a match to the program. Acceptance will be conditional based on the outcome of the background check. All Interns will be required to undergo a drug screen after acceptance into the program at a random date to be determined by the program, prior to the start of rotations. These background checks and drug screens may be repeated during the course of the Internship.
4. You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident.
PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW:*
- Competitive Grade Point Average and Grades:
An overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and grades of B or higher in all DPD courses.
- Work/Volunteer Experience:
400 total hours or more of nutrition/dietetic/food related volunteer and/or work experience over the past 5 years.
- Recency of Experience:
Applicants with a Verification Statement issued 5 or more years ago or with a verification statement that was recently issued for academic work completed more than 5 years ago, should have dietetics related coursework during the past 2 years that includes MNT.
- Preceptors Identified by the dates listed on the Program Application.
- Excellent References
- Substantive Personal Statement with correct spelling and grammar
*The Admission Committee welcomes insights into any obligations or challenges faced during your undergraduate years that may have impacted your grades or other circumstances. This information should be included in a supplemental letter of explanation which can be uploaded to the Priority Nutrition Care Program Application.
How Are Interns Selected?
In the FIRST ROUND MATCH, applications meeting the criteria above, or viewed as competitive (meaning they may not meet the criteria exactly, but appear to be potentially successful candidates), are reviewed by the Program Director and Application Review Committee, and scored according to the criteria described above. Applications are then reviewed again and additional information discussed by the group and ranking decisions made. Interviews are NOT part of the process but you may receive a call for clarification of information.
In the SECOND ROUND MATCH, applications meeting the criteria above, or viewed as competitive (meaning they may not meet the criteria exactly, but appear to be potentially successful candidates), are reviewed by the Program Director and Application Review Committee and and decisions will be made on completed applications within 24 hours. Interviews are NOT part of the process but you may receive a call for clarification of information.