Applying to Dietetic Internships
Qualified seniors in their last semester and graduates of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program may apply to ACEND accredited Dietetic Internships and participate in the computer matching process, which is administered by D&D Digital in the spring or fall. This is a very competitive process and there are 250+ internships across the United States and Puerto Rico. Most programs are using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Process (DICAS).
Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree and the required DPD courses, the graduate will receive the DPD verification statement from the DPD Director. This statement is required for entrance into a dietetic internship. Dietetic Internships include 1200 hours of supervised practice. Many internships include graduate school hours or require completion of a master’s degree. After January 1, 2024, a master's degree in any field will be required along with the dietetic internship in order to qualify to take the RD exam.
Graduates of the OSU DPD who wish to apply to the OSU Dietetic Internship (DI) may use the pre-select process or the DICAS and D&D Digital computer matching process (spring match). The ACEND website is an excellent source of additional information on the DI application process and computer matching.
The OSU Dietetic Internship is a combined master’s Degree/DI program. Interns are required to complete the M.S. degree and the supervised practice in order to receive a DI verification statement needed in order to take the RDN exam.
There is currently a significant shortage of dietetic internship positions across the country. A student should strive to work towards a strong GPA and obtain work, volunteer and leadership experience in order to be competitive.