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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 and at least a bachelorís degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college prior to the start date of the internship.  All students meeting the academic requirements for AND Didactic Program in Dietetic will be considered.  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 (a total GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred)

  • Work / Volunteer Experience

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score a total of 299 (or 1050 previous scoring) on the verbal + quantitative scores is preferred.

  • Extracurricular activities/honors/leadership

  • Personal Statement

  • Academic and employer references

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.

  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, 2014.

  • 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.  Request the Educational Testing Service to send GRE aptitude score directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Calvin Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.  GRE scores are required if you are accepted to the internship and before the start date of the internship. 

  1. All applicants to Dietetic Internships (DI) must participate in computer matching. Applicants must register with D&D Digital online at www.dnddigital.com, pay the $50.00 computer matching fee, and enter their contact information and DI priority choices by 11:59 PM CST by February 15, 2014.

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



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