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Admissions Information - Dietetic Internship (DI)

 

  • Information Sessions (Open Houses)
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Application Procedure
  • Selection Process

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS

At Information Sessions (Open Houses), attendees will have the opportunity to speak with current interns and meet the Program Director.

Upcoming Information Session Dates

Due to the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves Information Sessions maybe conducted online only.  As we get closer to the date(s) of the sessions a determination will be made and posted here.

11/4/20, 5:30-7:00pm Online

12/10/20, 5:30-7pm Online

1/11/21, 5:30-7pm  Online or In-person TBA

1/14/21 5:30-7pm Online or In-person TBA

Please click here to sign up for one of the sessions

Location: Hunter College Silberman Campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), New York, NY 10035

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must meet the following criteria for admission to the Dietetic Internship (DI) Program.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the DI
  • Verification of completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP) prior to the start of the DI
  • For visa holders, U.S. work authorization for the duration of the DI
  • Completion of ALL application content
  • ** As part of the clearance process for rotation sites, students will also need to pass background checks and drug screenings.  Please refer to the Policy and Procedure Manual for information on this and other matters such as required vaccination waivers.
  • Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.  The Hunter College Dietetic Internship program does not, at this point require a graduate degree for eligibility to the program.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The Hunter College Internship Program uses the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). Email questions about the DICAS to: DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The online application must be completed by February 15, 11:59PM Central Time.

The DICAS application requires a personal statement no more than 1,000 words. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS Transcript Dept., POB 9118, Watertown, MA 02472.
  • When completing the application form, include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must register online with D&D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59PM Central Time on February 15.

  • Applicants must also complete and mail a Hunter College Internship Program applicant information form accompanied by a $75 application fee - check or money order - payable to: Nutrition & Food Science, Hunter College, postmarked by February 15 to the following address:

    Dr. Victoria Fischer
    Dietetic Internship Program Director
    Hunter College, School of Urban Public Health
    2180 Third Avenue, Room 503
    New York, NY 10035

* After notification of DI acceptance, interns are required to apply to Hunter with graduate degree-seeking matriculation status through Hunter's Office of Graduate Admissions.


SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee evaluates each applicant's promise as a dietetic practitioner. No one will be denied entrance into the DI program based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence. Factors that will determine the ranking of students who meet the criteria for selection into the Dietetic Internship Program include:

1. Quality of the personal statement
2. GPA - general and DP Courses*
3. Total number of graduate credits at Hunter beyond the DP
4. Recommendations
5. Employment
6. Honors, awards, activities
7. Availability of positions

*Note: Most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0. However, exceptional work experience and leadership ability may compensate for a lower GPA. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are not likely to achieve high scores in the selection process.

Who else applies at the same time is an important consideration. Selected candidates are ranked before being submitted to D&D Digital for the computer match, just as candidates rank their internship preferences. A difference of even one position on the match list can make the difference between a match/no match. A strong applicant who did not match last year would be encouraged to re-apply for the following year.

Completed applications submitted by the application deadline, and demonstrated compliance with all application requirements, will be reviewed by the internship selection committee. Applicants who meet admissions requirements will be chosen for computer matching, and ranked according to the criteria above. Candidates will be notified of their match to the DI via the D&D Digital website.

Matched interns must contact the Dietetic Internship Program Director to accept their placements by the deadline on Appointment Day. Failure to do so may result in the loss of placement.

 

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