Admissions - Traditional Dietetic Internship

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.

In the personal statement/application letter, students should describe a situation in which they had to complete a project or activity independently, and saw it through to a successful completion.  The example does not necessarily have to be nutrition or school related but should represent the applicant's ability to work independently in any setting.

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. These courses may be retaken for a higher grade and must be completed before the application deadline. 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.

Applicants should include a minimum of 2 faculty and 1 employer/supervisor for recommendation letters.

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.