Students taking a practice RD exam

The UMN DI accepts up to 25 interns every program year. For applicants who have a strong preference for a certain concentration area (i.e. Eating Disorders or Medical Nutrition Therapy), we recommend following the Early Action Admittance Timeline to ensure enrollment in the concentration area of choice.

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Admissions & Application Info:

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Admissions Requirements

For Applicants who hold a Master’s Degree:

  • Master’s Degree Documentation
    An official transcript showing a master’s degree in any field granted by a U.S. regionally-accredited college/university, completed before beginning the dietetic internship.

    For the MPS+DI Early Admittance Option applicants, document of acceptance to the University of Minnesota Dietetics Master of Professional Studies (MPS).

  • DPD Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete 
    A verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or a Declaration of Intent to Complete form, with a completion date prior to the DI start date.

    If selected for the UMN 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.

  • Identify Your Concentration Area(s) of Interest
    Indicate your preference for concentration area placement (Eating Disorders - The Emily Program or MNT - M Health Fairview).
  • Personal Statement
    An engaging and concise personal statement sharing your interests, career goals, and demonstrated alignment with our program and practice area(s).
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Strong letters of recommendation – two from your academic setting and one from a work or volunteer supervisor preferred.

  • Recorded Interview Responses
    A recording of responses to interview questions - instructions are emailed as interview decisions are made.
  • Program Fee Deposit
    A $500 non-refundable deposit is required following confirmation of DI placement acceptance into the UMN DI Program.

For Applicants who hold a Doctoral Degree:

Applicants who will have a doctorate degree conferred before the start of the Dietetic Internship program year can choose to apply via the process described above OR are able to apply through the ISPP Option instead.

Application Overview

The U of M DI Program utilizes the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS) for the online application process.

  • If you are still in school, your Didactic Program Director and/or faculty advisor can be a resource person for information and guidance with the application process.
  • DICAS Online can provide information regarding the online application process and its fees. Call 617-612-2855 (Hours: 9am-5pm EST) or email [email protected].
  • Our program does not require additional application fees beyond the DICAS fee requirements.
  • Any student interested in this program is encouraged to apply. All completed applications go through a selection committee review process, which considers all components of the internship application.
  • For program questions, Contact Us.

Supplemental Application Information

  • 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: Reading Score: 19, Writing Score: 21, Total Score: 79
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide the requested information within the DICAS Supporting Information section (i.e. all work and volunteer history details, extracurricular activities, achievements, etc.), demonstrating your relevant skill sets and preparedness for entering the DI.
    • Relevant work or volunteer experience and/or extracurricular involvement
    • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, teamwork and self-direction
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • 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.

Each concentration has an Intern Selection Committee which evaluates applications on the basis of all components of the internship application.