Dietetics Option - Supervised Practice Application Process
If becoming an RD is your goal, begin preparing early to make yourself a competitive applicant for selection to a Dietetic Internship program. Achieving the following goals are critically important:
During your sophomore and junior years start thinking about where you might apply to allow time to investigate and determine the dietetic internships programs that best fit your interests and abilities.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the most up-to-date information about internship programs. Access the Academy’s website to obtain a listing of all of the programs, and the cost, length of internship, internship director, and area of specialization of each program. A direct link is available to each individual program’s website which provides detailed information about the dietetic internship.
Once you have selected the dietetic program(s) to which you would like to apply, you should visit each program’s website to find out the requirements for applying.
How Do I Apply for a Dietetic Internship Program?
The Academy has developed an online application process for dietetic internships. This system, the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), allows applicants to submit all of their application materials online and allows internships to access the information from DICAS. A $40.00 fee is required for the first internship application and $20.00 for each additional application.
How Much Does Enrollment in a Dietetic Internship Program Cost?
Costs vary widely; check each program’s required expenses. Most accredited dietetic internships associated with regionally accredited university graduate programs qualify for government-sponsored loan programs. Check the individual internship program’s website to determine if financial aid is available for that program. There are programs that are not eligible for financial aid.
Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI). In 2010, MSU attained the Dietetic Internship Candidacy Accreditation Status to host a Dietetic Internship in Montana. The current program fee of this internship program is $13,650 and additional living expenses and transportation costs need to be considered. For specific details about MDI, access the website.
Most dietetic internship programs participate in computer matching with D&D Digital Systems. In this process applicants rank order the dietetic internships to which they are applying, and then the dietetic internship programs rank order the applicants who apply to their programs. Applicants must prioritize their choices of dietetic internships for computer matching and pay a $50 fee to D&D Digital Systems by the required deadline.
Once the matching process has been completed, you will be notified on a specific day at the D&D Digital Systems website regarding the outcome of your appointment to an dietetic internship.