To be eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program, applicants must hold 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).
For the Spring 2017 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, 2017 at 11:59p.m. CST.
A complete application 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. 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.
If you wish to be considered for one of the additional program options at Simmons College in conjunction with the DI program, such as the Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion or Certificate of Sports Nutrition, please select the program of choice in the DICAS application option.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.
- Why is the Simmons internship a good fit for you? Which factors about our program and/or our location have you considered?
- Give an example of how you have dealt with pressure or a stressful situation.
- 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?
- What is your plan if you don't get matched to an internship this cycle?
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 DI 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 2017 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