U of MN DI Program Enrollment:
Up to 30 interns total will be accepted each Spring. This total includes both the DI Alone and the MPS+DI Combined Options and both the ED-TEP Concentration and the MNT Concentration.
- ED-TEP concentration is currently accepting up to 15 interns per DI Fall start date
- MNT concentration is currently accepting up to 15 interns per DI Fall start date
The U of M DI accepts applications for the Spring Match for fall start dates:
- DI Alone Option applicants are accepted for a DI Fall start date of the same year.
- MPS+DI Option applicants are accepted for the fall of the same year for the graduate program, and for DI supervised practice for the fall in the subsequent year.
- Applicants follow the admissions process and application instructions detailed at Dietetics Master of Professional Studies (MPS) to submit their applications by the early deadline.
- Once accepted to the MPS program, applicants apply via the MPS+DI preselect option for the opportunity to secure advanced placement in the DI for the subsequent year.
General Admission Requirements:
- An official transcript showing a minimum of a master’s degree in any field granted by a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university, completed before beginning the dietetic internship.
- A verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
- If selected for the U of M DI, applicants who submitted a Declaration of Intent to Complete form with their DI applications must provide a signed DPD verification statement from their DPD Program Director before beginning the dietetic internship.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy course or equivalent must be completed within three years of beginning the U of M DI Program. Refer to Recency of Education Policy for details.
- International students in F-1 status require OPT authorization covering the full dates of the program while students in J-1 status require academic training authorization. J-2 dependents may be eligible but require employment authorization for the full period of the program. Minimum TOEFL scores required: Total Score: 79, Writing Subscore: 21, Reading Subscore: 19
- Upon DI placement confirmation following acceptance into the U of M DI Program, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.
Additional Selection Criteria
- Personal Statement - an engaging and concise statement sharing your interests, career goals, and demonstrated alignment with our program and practice area(s).
- Strong letters of recommendation – two from your academic setting and one from a work or volunteer supervisor.
- Cumulative and DPD GPAs of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 system is typically expected; strong grades in subjects such as biochemistry, advanced nutrition/metabolism, MNT, community nutrition, and food service. However, there is no minimum GPA requirement. All applications will be reviewed holistically by the selection committee.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Relevant work or volunteer experience and/or extracurricular involvement
- Demonstrated capacity for leadership, teamwork and self-direction
- Overall potential of student to successfully complete an internship in the respective concentration area, a nationally renowned eating disorder treatment center or a high acuity teaching hospital
- Completion of all required application details. Applications may be rejected for incompleteness or non-compliance with directions.
- Top ranked candidates will be invited for an interview with program leadership. The interview is an important step in the selection process since it allows the applicant to be well informed about the internship and helps the selection committee ensure successful matches of candidates with the program.
Each concentration has an Intern Selection Committee which evaluates applications on the basis of all components of the internship application.