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Application Process
 Application and selection process for the dietetic internship program
  1. Applying
  2. Mailing supplemental application and fee
  3. Preselect process
  4. Computer-matching process
  5. Selection criteria
  6. Notification of results
  7. Scholarships
  8. Contact information

Before you apply

Before applying to the University of Minnesota Medical Center Dietetic Internship program, you must:

  • At a minimum, have a baccalaureate degree by the start of the internship.
  • Have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements by the start of the internship.
  • Meet the recency of education outlined below by the start of the internship.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.1 from the baccalaureate program.
 


Applying

University of Minnesota Medical Center participates in the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS). Applications (for pre-select and computer matching) will only be considered when submitted through DICAS.

  1. Access the online application. The application must be completed by Jan. 3 for preselect, and Feb. 15 for computer match. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  2. As part of the application process, candidates must submit a supplemental application form and a $50 (non-refundable) application processing fee with check or money order payable to University of Minnesota Medical Center. Supplemental forms and check must be postmarked by Jan. 3, 2014 for preselect and Feb, 15, 2014 for computer match.
  3. Recommendations are required from two faculty members (ideally from those in food and nutrition, food service management, biochemistry or area of graduate work) and one employer.
  4. The American Dietetic Association requires all dietetic internship applicants to participate in computer matching. Applicants should request instructions and a mark/sense card to prioritize their internship preferences. Applicants can request this materials from any ADA-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics or from D&D Digital Systems. There is no charge for this material; however, there is a $50 charge for computer matching that is due with the applicant’s prioritized ranking. Send requests to:

    D&D Digital Systems
    304 Main Street, Suite 301
    Ames, IA 50010
    Tel: 515-292-0490
    Fax: 515-663-9427 
University of Minnesota Medical Center does not require TOEFL or GRE scores.

Any documents mailed for the application process become the property of University of Minnesota Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program and will not be returned.



Recency of education:
Additional courses or continuing education in dietetics or a related area are required to update a degree which was completed three or more years prior to registration eligibility application. Courses taken to satisfy the requirements must be completed at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript(s) verifying completion of the course(s) with a grade of “C” or better must be submitted to the internship director. Only courses completed within the last five years are acceptable. Courses in Medical Nutrition Therapy and Food Service Systems Management are preferred.

If DPD was completed more than three years prior to the application deadline, the number of required credits is outlined accordingly below:

  • 3-5 years since DPD completion: 3 semester hours required
  • 5-10 years since DPD completion: 6 semester or 9 quarter hours required
  • 10-plus years since DPD completion: Meet current ADA DPD requirements with no fewer than 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours. A verification statement signed by the Program Director and completed within three years of application deadline must be submitted
     

If applicable, complete the Recency of Education Form and mail it with your supplemental internship application.

Application timeline
 

Mailing your supplemental application and fee

If you are participating in the Preselect Process, the completed supplemental application and fee must be postmarked no later than Jan. 3. If you are participating in the standard Computer Matching Process, the supplemental application and fee must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15.

Mail completed supplemental application and fee to:

Shyamala Ganesh, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Nutrition Services
University of Minnesota Medical Center
2450 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55454


Preselect process
The Dietetic Internship Program at University of Minnesota Medical Center offers an opportunity for early admission to its affiliated institution, the University of Minnesota.

To be eligible for this preselect process, the following additional requirements to the selection criteria must be met:

  • Baccalaureate degree or baccalaureate degree-eligible from the University of Minnesota, and
  • Verification of completion or intent to complete the didactic program in dietetics from the University of Minnesota.

The Dietetic Internship Program of University of Minnesota Medical Center is accredited to accept a maximum annual enrollment of 10 students. Up to five of those may be filled through the preselect process, with the remainder to be filled through the computer-matching process.



Computer-matching process

With the exception of the Preselect Process for Computer Matching at select and preapproved dietetic internships, applicants to dietetic internships must participate in computer matching. Applicants request instructions and a mark/sense card to prioritize their dietetic internship preference from any ADA-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics or from D&D Digital Systems. The code number (to be used in the mark/sense card) for the University of Minnesota Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program is 348. 

This request should be made to allow turnaround time for submission by the Feb. 15 postmark deadline. There is no charge for the material; however, there is a $50 charge for computer matching that is due with the applicant’s prioritized ranking.


To request computer matching or for more information:
D&D Digital Systems
304 Main St., Suite 301
Ames, IA  50010
Email: dnd@netins.net


Selection criteria

Selection committee members rate the following areas in the order listed below:

  1. Application packet completed as directed
  2. Academic Standing: Overall GPA of 3.1 (based on 4.0 scale) or higher from baccalaureate program.  In addition, prefer a GPA of at least 3.0 for science and nutrition courses. Recency of education must be met.
  3. Content of application letter
  4. Work experience
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Honors and/or extracurricular activities (collegiate level)

To further help the selection process, selected preselect candidates will be interviewed in person and selected computer matching individuals will be interviewed via telephone before the final selections are made.
 

Notification of results  

Applicants applying through the preselect process are notified of their acceptance or rejection for early admission to the program by the Dietetic Internship Program director in January. Acceptance or rejection for early admission must be confirmed with the program director via email or fax by 5 p.m. Central Time on Jan. 31.  Applicants not selected or confirmed for early admission, may apply again and/or to other programs, through the computer-matching process.

Applicants applying through the standard computer-matching process will receive notification of the matching results from D&D Digital Systems in April. Matched applicants must accept or reject their match by 5 p.m. Central Time on April 8.

 

Scholarships

 The American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) offers a variety of scholarships to dietetic interns. Contact  ADA (800-877-1600, ext. 5400) or check their website www.eatright.org for further information.


Contact Information

Shyamala Ganesh, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Phone: 612-273-3219
sganesh1@fairview.org  
Fax: 612-273-0066 

 
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