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!
How to Apply
The admission cycle for Fall 2020 is open and the deadline is February 15, 2020. Simmons subscribes to DICAS for the application process. Please go to the DICAS website for more information on the application process.
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 courses from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and have a verification statement of completion from their DPD Director.
For the Spring 2020 match cycle, Simmons University will be participating in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) online application process. Applicants must submit the completed application and materials by the deadline of February 15, 2020 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 D&D 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:
- Stand-alone (non-degree) Dietetic Internship (35 weeks) with a community focus
- Combined MSDI. This option includes the Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion, which may take 1-2 years to complete, and 35 weeks of supervised practice for the internship in the second year.
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.
The MSDI track of the Simmons dietetic internship has a pre-select option for students in the Simmons BS/DPD or DPD Certificate programs who will be earning a DPD certificate by September 2020. Students are eligible to apply to the preselect as long as they have not previously completed the Simmons Master's program, and they will be completing the Simmons DPD program by September 2020. Only two Simmons MS courses can be transferred into the MSDI, and students must complete the DPD program and receive a verification statement by the start of the MSDI program in September.
Students accepted through the pre-select program will be enrolled in the Simmons MSDI combined Dietetic Internship. Once all of the academic and internship requirements are met, the student will graduate with their MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion and be eligible to take the RD exam.
The Simmons MSDI is accredited for 24 students in this two-year program. Annually, the program accepts up to 12 new students.
Each year the MSDI program will accept up to 5 students through the pre-select option.
If 5 students are accepted, up to 7 students would be accepted through computer matching.
For students who wish to apply to the pre-select program, the deadline is January 9, 2020, with an early notification date of January 29, 2020. Accepted students must confirm by January 31, 2020 by emailing the DI Program Director. The Simmons DPD Director will disseminate the internal Simmons application link when it is available mid-December.
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 program to which you are applying. All official transcripts will be sent to DICAS. 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.
Foreign transcripts are the only transcripts that will need to be mailed to the Office of Admission during the application process. 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 and permission to view it, please enter BOTH email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Include this link at the bottom of your required personal essay.
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 TOEFL code is 3761. Official scores should be sent directly to the 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 University.
Admission Decisions and Matching Process
- Matching Process: The Matching Day will occur through the DND Digital website in April 2019 and personal match results will be available to applicants.
- Enrollment Deposit: All matched applicants will receive an official decision letter from the 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
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 University 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 via email or at 617-521-2605 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.
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