Frequently Asked Questions

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How are internship placements made for specific rotations?

The placements are based on a number of factors, including those outpatient and clinical sites that are available and willing to take a student, the sharing of sites with Keene State and other internships, the hospital size, knowledge of the interns, strengths including academics, job and work experience, and knowledge of the staff strengths and style that interns could potentially be  working with. Different hospitals do have different strengths and we try to match those to intern needs.  Geography and hospital requests are not the only deciding factors.  Many factors do play a role, and we feel comfortable that we attempt to match student and class needs with placement site resources. 

What options are there for financial aid?

 Presently, since this program does not automatically lead to a master’s degree, but rather 16 credits toward a degree, you are not eligible for financial aid through UNH.

In addition, we have three letters available upon request (one for the summer, fall, and spring) that document your full-time status with the internship.  You will have these available to send to any lenders requesting them.  In the past, many interns have gotten letters from us, presented them to their lenders, and have either had loans deferred or have been able to arrange for assistance.   

Can interns have outside employment?

Interns are strongly discouraged from assuming outside employment during the internship.  Past experience has demonstrated that interns who work during the program have difficulty complete the requirements of the program in a timely and satisfactory manner.

For interns choosing to accept employment, they will need to arrange this outside work around the widely varying rotation schedules. Interns should not accept jobs that require them to report to work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Some rotations require interns to work daytime and evening hours on these days of the week and occasionally there may be some weekend work hours required for the internship.

What does the internship look for when selecting interns?

Participants will be selected on the basis of academic performance, letters of recommendation, work experience, civic and/or college activities and the letter of application. A minimum overall GPA of 2.8 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major is required (the current intern class has an average overall GPA of 3.39). Experience in health care or food service is preferred. The letter of application is an important component; grammar, conciseness, and ability to communicate are considered. Students who have demonstrated leadership skills either on campus or in the community are sought; this may include participation in professional organizations,  residence hall management programs, or civic organizations as examples.

I am a graduate of the UNH Dietetic Internship and I need a verification statement.  How do I go about obtaining one?

Please send your request for verification statements to lcorman@comcast.net. Please include any forms that were given to you.  We will need the year you graduated from the internship, your date of birth, middle initial,  mother's maiden name, and your maiden name (if applicable) per the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (If you would rather not send this information via email, you may call us).  Requests for verification statements may take up to 5 business day.  If your verification statement is for licensure in New Hampshire, it is important to note that the Licensure Board meets quarterly, so even though the request has been submitted in a timely fashion, you may not receive a New Hampshire License right away.