Dietetics Internship

Program Description

The Daemen College Dietetic Internship (DI) program is a supervised practice program that enables graduates to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and to apply for active membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The DI provides a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience to meet the competencies for entry-level dietitians and the standards of education set forth by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),

The Daemen College DI is a Distance Program in which courses will be delivered online or through offsite mentoring.  Supervised practice placements will be required to be outside a 75-mile radius of Daemen College.

Fulfillment of the requisite internship experiences and a minimum of 1200 supervised clinical practice hours will lead to eligibility to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam offered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and subsequent application for state licensure for dietitian nutritionists. Passage of the RDN exam leads to the RDN credential.

Application Procedures

The Daemen College Dietetic Internship Program uses the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS), which may be accessed at  https://portal.dicas.org.

Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. 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?

General Admission Requirements

  • Completion of an ACEND accredited didactic program in dietetics and the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A 3.0 GPA;
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably including one from the last school attended;
  • A written statement describing educational objectives and areas of personal/professional interest, and/or a resume summarizing professional activities, certifications, licensure, and continuing education;
  • Completed Facility and Preceptor Forms for each of the three rotations.

Daemen College will admit 20 interns through the preselect option and remaining slots will be filled through the computerized matching system.

Preselect Admission Option 

The Daemen College preselect admission option offers qualified students in the University of Alabama didactic program in Dietetics, with which Daemen College has an affiliation agreement, the opportunity to apply for admission into Daemen College’s Dietetic Internship Program.

Students may apply during their senior year no later than January 5 and may be granted direct admission into the program upon final acceptance and successful completion of the DPD program and receipt of a verification statement from the University of Alabama.  Students should register with DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) which is used by most internships, and complete the online application.  The program may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org.

Students applying via the preselect option will be notified by February 1 for the Spring match whether or not they are accepted to the program. If preselected, the applicant’s name and email address are submitted to D&D Digital Systems, Inc. to ensure that the applicant will not participate in the computer match. Applicants who are not preselected must register online with D&D Digital Systems, Inc. for computer matching and to select dietetic internship priority choices.

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, 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. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.

Courses Available

  • DI501 Clinical Field Experience I (0)
  • DI502 Clinical Field Experience II(0)
  • DI503 Professionalization Seminar I (0)
  • DI504 Professionalization Seminar II (0)
Clinical Field Experience Information

Clinical Field Experience– this rotation will emphasize the development of the dietitian as a leader in clinical dietetics. Focus will be placed on functioning in the role of the Registered Dietitian in the clinical setting and as a collaborative member of the health care team.

Food Service and Management Field Experience – this rotation will emphasize the development of the dietitian as a leader in food service and a collaborative member of the food service team.

Community/Public Health Field Experience– this rotation will emphasize the development of the dietitian as a practitioner and leader in community nutrition.