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Dietetic Internship Program

How to Apply

Application Procedure
  1. Application to the dietetic internship program requires that you successfully complete:

  •  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Didactic Program in Dietetic (DPD) requirements.

  • At least a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college prior to the start date of the internship.

  • Meet recency of education requirements.

  • Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to the start of the internship.

The selection of dietetic interns is made from the best qualified candidates without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.  The evaluation is based on:

  • Scholarship (38%) - Grade Point Average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred), and Graduate Record Examination (verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 50% is preferred)

  • Work / Volunteer Experience (25%)

  • Extracurricular activities/honors/leadership (8%)

  • Personal Statement (20%)

  • Academic and employer references (9%)

No specific attempt is made to produce a wide geographical variation.  Applicants from the same college or university are selected on the basis of individual qualification and there is no limit on the number selected from the same college or university.

Recency of Education Requirements

Additional courses in dietetics or a related area are required to update a degree which was completed five (5) or more years prior to the current application postmark deadline.  The number of required credits is outlined below:

5-10 years (6 semester hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy or Clinical Nutrition)

10 years or longer – Meet current Didactic Program in Dietetic requirements with no fewer than 12 semester hours.  A verification statement signed by the Program Director and completed within three years of application deadline must be submitted

 Courses taken to satisfy the requirements must be completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.  A transcript verifying completion of the courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher per course, must accompany the application packet.

Obtaining Dietetic Credentials with a Foreign Degree

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires individuals with foreign degrees (those that have been educated outside the United States and its territories) meet specific educational requirements and follow a unique process to obtain Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials.  Details are outline on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website at http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485501

English Proficiency Requirements

The University of Iowa Graduate College requires that international applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university.

Automatic waivers of this requirement are granted for persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Africa (English speaking), Australia, or New Zealand.

Additional information on requirements and submission guidelines can be found at the University of Iowa Graduate Admissions at http://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/graduate-programs/english-requirements-admission-graduate-college

  1. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).  The program can be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org, email DICASinfo@DICAS.org 

  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on February 15, 2016.

  • The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.

  • The DICAS application to internships requires completion of a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Items to be addressed include:

  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?

  • Discuss 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
PO Box, 9118
Watertown, MA 02472

  • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation:

  • Two from instructors of courses you took in nutrition/dietetics

  • One from an employer who supervised your paid or volunteer work

When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form.  The form will be completed on-line.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are preferred though not required during the application process.  The GRE scores must be reported directly from the testing agency.  The University of Iowa institution code is 6681.  GRE scores are required if you are accepted to the internship and before the start date of the internship. 

  1. The UIHC Dietetic Internship requires a $50 (non-refundable) application processing fee with check or money order payable to “UIHC Food and Nutrition Services” and mailed to:  Laurie Kroymann, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Food and Nutrition Services, 200 Hawkins Drive W146 GH, Iowa City, IA 52242.  It must be postmarked by February 15 for computer match. 

  2. The internship does not require a supplemental application. 

  3. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics requires all dietetic internship applicants to participate in computer matching. Applicants should obtain instructions and prioritize their internship preferences at https://www.dnddigital.com/.  The code for the University of Iowa Dietetic Internship is 332.  D & D Digital charge a fee of $50 for the matching. 11:59 PM CST by February 15, 2016.

  4. Successful candidates for the 12 appointments will be notified in April via computer matching.




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