The University of Massachusetts Amherst uses the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) online internship application. Please visit their website for more information on the application procedures and deadlines.
All applicants to this Dietetic Internship must participate in computer matching. Applicants should request instructions and a mark/sense card to prioritize their Dietetic Internship from any Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved or accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics or from D&D Digital.
Admission to the Internship is competitive among applicants, and decided by the Internship Selection committee. To enroll in the Internship, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from any U.S. regionally accredited college or university (or a foreign degree, if verified as equivalent), and have completed an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved or accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
A recent (within the last three years) full-semester course in diet therapy, nutrition in disease, or medical nutrition therapy is also required. You must have earned at least a "B" in the diet therapy course and in Anatomy & Physiology. If you have questions about these requirements, contact the Program Director.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for college work is expected. GPA of nutrition and science courses, difficulty of particular courses taken, and student's course load throughout college is also considered. Work experience, letters of recommendation, and letter of application are all-important components of the evaluation process.
All interns are enrolled in NUTR 698A and B, Nutrition Practicum, and receive six graduate credits per semester (total 12 credits), graded pass/fail, for work done during their internship rotations. Acceptance into the Dietetic Internship does not guarantee acceptance into a graduate degree program, or vice versa.
Students accepted into the Internship occasionally work concurrently toward a master's degree. However, the two programs on this campus are administered separately, and students are usually advised to enroll in them in succession, rather than concurrently. A maximum of six credits (from the Internship or elsewhere) can be transferred into a master’s degree program if a student is not already matriculated. Those students who intend to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst must apply directly to the University’s Graduate School. Students must realize the time commitments for the Internship are great enough to preclude taking more than one or two courses per semester during the internship year, and that actual schedules of internship rotations and courses may dictate taking courses out of normal sequence for a graduate degree.