Dietetic Internship Program

Our Dietetic Internship Program is designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree and have completed the didactic course requirements. Our students benefit from rotations in acute care, food service, public health, community health, state government-based or non-profit nutrition, counseling and education and research and professional practice. Please visit the program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty and more!

Application Requirements

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program, applicants must hold at least an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or from an institution of higher education abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Additionally, the applicant must have completed the requisite didactic courses required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Application Procedure

For the Spring 2018 match cycle, Simmons College will be participating in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) online application process. The online application can be found at http://portal.dicas.org and applicants must submit the completed application and materials by the deadline of February 15, 2018 at 11:59p.m. CST.

A complete application in the online DICAS application system include the online application form, a personal essay, current resume, all official transcripts for all courses taken at colleges and universities, three letters of recommendation and the Verification of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics approved by ACEND. In addition, there is a supplemental video that should be uploaded with the application materials. All DICAS application materials should be sent to the centralized service for processing. Applicants must also register for the Spring Computer Match through the DND Digital website and submit their prioritized list of selected dietetic internships online before the February 15th deadline. There is a separate computer matching fee associated with this process.

On the DICAS application page, you will choose between two options for the internship:

  1. Stand-alone (non-degree) Dietetic Internship (33 weeks) with a community focus

  2. Combined MSDI. This option includes 33 weeks of supervised practice for the internship, followed by the Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion, which may take 1-2 years to complete.

Additionally, we offer an online Certificate in Sports Nutrition (CSN), which consists of four courses. This can be done in conjunction with either the stand-alone internship or with the Master's degree. 

Academic Records: Transcripts

Official transcripts are required for all courses completed (undergraduate and graduate) at regionally accredited U.S.post-secondary institutions, whether or not a degree was awarded or regardless of when the courses were taken or if the courses are specific to the SNHS program to which you are applying. This requirement includes courses which appear on another transcript as transfer or study abroad credit. If you attended a study abroad program and a separate transcript exists, send that as well. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Such transcripts must be received in signed/sealed envelopes. Photocopies or copies "issued to student" are not acceptable.

If you earned a degree abroad, academic records must include end of year marks sheets for each year of attendance, not just final exam results or a copy of the degree. Educational documents should clearly indicate the degree and date awarded. Overseas post-secondary institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. Academic records in the native language and an official English translation (if needed) are required. English translations must be provided by someone other than the applicant, family member or friend. It may also be necessary for the applicant to submit an interpretation by a foreign credential services agency. Interpretations of foreign credentials by an evaluation service do not replace official academic records. These evaluations are assessments of the curriculum and are not accepted in lieu of official academic documents. Contact our office at 617-521-2605 to determine if this is needed. When you call, please be prepared to provide the name of the institution and country where the degree was earned.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required, two recommendations should be from current or recent instructors. Recommendations should be no more than six months old and should not be Committee Recommendations (one letter which includes a series of paragraphs from individual faculty members or a series of faculty letters) or letters of reference on file in a Career Education or Career Resources Center. Further instructions for the recommendation process can be found within the DICAS application.

Supplemental Video/Essay

Applicants are asked to create a video with responses to the questions below. If you choose to do the video, it should be no longer than 5 minutes and should address all 4 questions.
If you do not feel comfortable with this, you have the option to answer the questions in an essay of no more than 1,000 words instead, although video is preferred.

You should upload your video to YouTube, but remember to make the link hidden, or private. When asked to enter an email of who will have access to view it, please enter either sharon.gallagher@simmons.edu or lisa.brown@simmons.edu. Include this link in your application materials or email to the Office of Admission.

Please remember to state your name and school at the beginning of the video so we can easily identify you. You should answer the questions below as honestly as you can, and please do not repeat information you have already included in your application.

Questions:

  1. Why is the Simmons internship a good fit for you? Which factors about our program and/or our location have you considered?
  2. Give an example of how you have dealt with pressure or a stressful situation.
  3. Describe a time when you took the initiative to go above and beyond expectations. What was the situation, the actions you took, and the result?
  4. What is your plan if you don't get matched to an internship this cycle?

Standardized Tests

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores taken within two years prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship. No other English proficiency exam will be accepted. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only. Official scores from ETS are required; copies of student score reports are not acceptable. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences TOEFL code is 3761. Official scores should be sent directly to the SNHS Office of Admission, not through DICAS.

A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based,) or 88 (internet-based) is required. Further information about TOEFL can be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service by telephone at 609-771-7670 or their website.

The GRE is not required for the MSDI or any of our other graduate nutrition programs at Simmons College.

Admission Decisions and Matching Process

Matching Process: The Matching Day will occur through the DND Digital website in April 2018 and personal match results will be available to applicants.

Enrollment Deposit: All matched applicants will receive an official decision letter from the SNHS Office of Admission and are required to submit a non-refundable $750 enrollment deposit. This deposit is applied to the first term bill. No extensions to the deposit due date can be granted.

Deferred Entrance: Since the Dietetic Internship program requires placement for a specific year, interns are not eligible for a deferral

International Students

All international students requiring an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. must be enrolled full time each semester. The Dietetic Internship at Simmons College is not full time and thus F-1 visa holders are not eligible to apply to the stand-alone program. However, F-1 visa holders are eligible to apply to the MSDI option as this would provide full time status.

If you hold an H visa, please contact the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 or snhs@simmons.edu to determine if you are eligible to apply. Please be certain to tell us what type of H visa you hold and when/where you earned your bachelor's and master's degrees.

Nutrition Tuition
FALL 2017, SPRING 2018, SUMMER 2018

Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis each semester. Below you will find a listing of the tuition rates for your program. The activity fee is mandatory for all students, so it has been included below. For information on health insurance fees, please see "Health Insurance for Graduate Students".

Tuition $1,200 per credit hour
Activity Fee $110 per semester

*Rates include online programs

Health Insurance for Graduate Students

Please note, health insurance is automatically added to the bill only if the student is enrolled full time (9 or more credits). If a full time student does not wish to use the school provided health insurance, they must complete the waiver form online, each academic year, at www.universityhealthplans.com.

Simmons College does not offer health insurance coverage to students enrolled in less than 9 credits OR the dependent(s) of any Simmons College student.

Health Insurance** $5,406 per year

**For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, please visit our Insurance page.

Apply Now

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) will be participating in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) online application process. Information on the process and access ot the online application can be found at http://portal.dicas.org.

Applicants must submit the completed application and materials by the deadline of February 15, 2018 at 11:59p.m. CST.

Learn more about our Dietetic Internship at Simmons at one of our DI Information Sessions this winter! More details to follow.