Admission to the Dietetic Internship is competitive among applicants, and decided by the Internship Selection Committee. To enroll in the program, 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), they must have completed an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved or accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, and they must have a “verification statement in dietetics”.
Personal Statement for both tracks
Applicants should include the following:
- why they want to be a registered dietitian
- why they have selected the program at UMass
- what experiences they have had that will best prepare them for a dietetic internship
- what unique skills they will be bringing into the profession
- any pertinent short-term and long-term goals
- a description of a situation in which they demonstrated the ability to complete a project or activity independently; they were able to see 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.
Academics for both tracks
Specific Courses: A recent (within the last three years) full-semester course in diet therapy, nutrition in disease, or medical nutrition therapy is also required. Students must have earned at least a "B" in the diet therapy course and a "B" in Anatomy & Physiology. If there are questions about these requirements, contact the Program Director.
Grades: 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.
Residential Requirement for both tracks
DI rotation sites are located in both Eastern and Western Massachusetts. The DI director makes on-site visits to conduct evaluations of the intern’s progress: this is not a distance internship. Therefore, interns in both tracks are required to live in Massachusetts or within about 20 miles of the state border.
Work/Volunteer Experience for both tracks
All experiences working on nutrition/health-related projects outside of school and in workplaces are of value and should be included on the application. The most significant experiences include:
- working as a WIC or Headstart nutritionist
- working at an emergency food agency such as Food Bank
- working in a nutrition services agency for the elderly
- working in a hospital dietary department, including food services and the diet office
- working with patients in a long-term care or acute-care facility
- working with patients in a specialty* outpatient clinic
- working with the public in a nutrition education program like Cooking Matters, EFNEP
*E.g. Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, High-risk infants and children
Work/Volunteer Experience (additional for Track 2)
Applicants are required to have at least 2 years’ experience working in a public health setting. For more information, contact the Program Director.
Letters of Recommendation
An applicant needs at least 2 faculty recommendations and one supervisor/employer recommendations. A supervisor could be a grad student if the job was as a grad assistant. More than the minimum three recommendation letters may be included.