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Admissions Information - Dietetic Internship (DI)

INFORMATION SESSIONS

At Information Session attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Program Director and learn more about the Dietetic Internship Program.

Upcoming Information Session

Due to the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, Information Sessions will be conducted online.

The next information session will be held online on a date TBA at 6 pm. 

Please click here to sign up for the Information Session


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 (see Application Procedures)

As part of the clearance process for rotation sites, students will also need to pass background checks and drug screenings. Please refer to the Handbook for DIs: 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

  1. The Hunter College Internship Program uses the online centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS). Email questions about the DICAS to: DICASinfo@DICAS.org.
  2. The online DICAS application for the Hunter College Dietetic Internship must be completed by 11:59 PM Central Time on February 15, 2022.
  3. The fee to use DICAS is $50.00 for the first application submitted and $25.00 for each additional application.
  4. Three references are required. When completing the application form, applicants must 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.
  5. Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete and upload a personal statement. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement for the Hunter College Dietetic Internship Program are:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • Discuss experiences that have helped you to prepare for your career.
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals? How do you feel the Hunter College Dietetic Internship will help you reach these goals?
    • What are your personal and professional strengths? How do you feel these will contribute to your success as a dietetic intern?
      **The personal statement is to be limited to 1000 words.
  6. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
    DICAS Transcript Processing Center
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, MA 02471
  7. Computer Matching: Applicants must register for the on-line computer matching on the D & D Digital Web site at·www.dnddigital.com, pay the computer match fee ($55.00) by credit card and enter their contact information and dietetic internship preferences by·11:59 pm Central Time on·February 15, 2022.

    D&D Digital Contact Information:
    D&D Digital Systems
    3805 Mathews Road
    Ames, IA 50014
    Telephone: (515) 292-0490
    E-mail:·info@dnddigital.com
  8. 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, 2022 to the following address:

    Allison Marshall, MS RDN CDN CDCES
    Director, Dietetic Internship Program
    Hunter College
    School of Urban Public Health
    Silberman Building, Room 503
    2180 Third Avenue
    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:

  • Quality of the personal statement
  • GPA - general and DPD Courses*
  • Total number of graduate credits at Hunter beyond the DPD
  • Recommendations
  • Employment
  • Honors, awards, activities
  • 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 is 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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