How to Apply

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship

Academic year 2019-2021

Participants interested in attending The University of New Hampshire MSDI must utilize the on-line centralized application DICAS system. The UNH MSDI accepts all applicants to its program on a yearly basis during the February application period. Candidates are chosen by the Selection Committee and notified by D&D Digital Systems in April.  If you are adding the UNH MS option to your list of internships for placement consideration, the UNH MS track number is 823.

The DICAS application provides you with an opportunity to expand upon specific events and experiences that have contributed to your personal and professional development.  Though listed as optional on the DICAS application, it is NOT optional when you apply to UNH

GRE scores within the past five years are required as part of the application process.

Though the matching agency may change the titles, the current application includes the following four categories:

1.  Honors and Awards

2.  Sports and Extracurricular Activities

3.  Certificates

4.  Work and Volunteer Experiences

If any of the categories do not apply to you, just indicate as not applicable and continue to the next one; the review committee will know you considered this category by doing this. 

Proceed until all categories are completed in full, including dates, hours, weeks, etc.  Estimate hours to the best of your abilities.

Submitting a resume is a nice way to summarize your work, but will not be considered as a substitute for full completion of the application.

Applicants who are graduating the same year they are applying to the internship must have graduated by no later than June 1st.

The UNH MSDI is available to mature, responsible, and caring individuals who have successfully met undergraduate Didactic Program and Dietetics (DPD) requirements as establsihed by ACEND.  They have earned at least a bachelor degree and are eligible for a verfication statement from an accredited dietetics program.  Students interested in applying to our program must be able to work independently or as a member of a team and approach learning with enthusiasm and dedication.

  • Visit the DICAS web site at: http://portal.dicas.org. Follow all directions as stipulated in the DICAS application process. As stipulated in the DICAS application, each student is expected to submit a personal statement, official transcripts, Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent, and three letters of recommendation.
    The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Visit the D&D Digital Systems web site at: www.dnddigital.com. Select your dietetic internship priority choices by February 15, 2019. The material should be postmarked no later than the date specified by D&D Digital for consideration by the Selection Committee.

There is a single $50.00 fee for this computer matching, no matter how many dietetic internships you apply for. 
You may rank order your preferences on-line or submit your selections via traditional mail. The address for D&D Digital Systems is: Suite 301, 304 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010, (515) 292-0490.

The matching selection will be announced by the annual D&D Digital Company, which works with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in establishing the announcement date.

  • 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 3.2 with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Nutrition/Dietetic focused courses 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.
  • Although not required, in-person or phone interviews with the Internship Staff may be requested by potential candidates. Phone interviews are not routinely conducted.  Occasionally, we will contact students to clarify a piece of information in their application.
  • Recency of Education - Applicants not meeting this requirement must complete recency of education requirements as determined by the UNH MSDI Selection Committee. (Contact Joanne Burke at joanne.burke@unh.edu or (603) 862-1456 for more information regarding course requirements.)
  • To print the Internship Admissions Checklist, click here.

All applications are evaluated by the Selection Committee which is composed of faculty members from the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems and community nutrition professionals.  A point system is used to consider the following criteria:

Grades

   200

Experience

  200

Letter of Application

     50

Demonstrated Leadership Skills

     50

GRE      10

Recommendations

   200

Additional Information for Potential Applicants

Second Round Match Instructions

If the MSDI has additional openings for interns, we will participate in a second round match through D&D Digital Website.  To be eligible for the second round application process, you must have received a “No Match” through the D&D Digital computer match process for the 2019 Spring Match.  Individuals who applied to the UNH MSDI during the first round, do not need to re-apply.

Spots will be filled on a rolling basis.

IMPORTANT: If applying via second round you must release your application to UNH MSDI on DICAS (do not e-mail your application) by April 20th.

Please note: due to the volume of emails and applications, the internship will be unable to confirm receipt of your application or let you know if you were not selected.

  • If conditionally accepted you will need to submit your original Verification Statement and final official transcript(s) to the Program Director.

Medical and vaccinations requirements

Satisfactory completion of the physical examination and verification of immunizations are required after acceptance into the program, in order to meet internship placement site requirements.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening

Final admission to the UNH MSDI is dependent upon completing a criminal background check and a 10 panel drug screening.  

A 10 panel with expanded opiates drug screening test (Amphetamine/methamphetamine, barbiturates, benzodiazepine, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, methaqualone, opiates, benocyclidine/phencyclidine, propoxyphene, codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone and oxymorphone) is required by many of our precepting sites. Interns must complete the 10 panel drug screening test, SPECIFICALLY REQUESTING THE ABOVE LISTED DRUGS with the care provider of their choice and have the results sent to the Internship.  Please have this completed during your physical exam.  

Interns are responsible for the cost of the background check and the drug screening test. Given that some drug screenings and background checks expire within a three to six month time span and that some practicum sites require their own facility oversee the screening process, interns should anticipate multiple drug and background reviews. 

If the criminal background check or the drug screening test reveals questionable information, an intern may be denied direct patient/client access in precepting facilities. This will result in unsuccessful completion of the program. A current intern who is not able to pass any additional background check or drug tests will be dismissed from the program and tuition will not be refunded.

Transportation

All interns must have their own car throughout the internship.  Interns are responsible for means, cost and liability of all transportation.  Travel either as part of the MSDI Program or as commuting time is not covered by the University of New Hampshire and is to be covered by personal auto insurance.  Car insurance is the responsibility of the Intern as the University assumes no responsibility for travel.

You will need to provide proof of auto insurance prior to beginning the program.  Most facilities provide free parking, but Interns may have to pay for parking at some rotation sites.

An UNH campus parking permit is required for the Internship. In addition, Spring parking passes may expire before the Internship rotation portion ends, so please be aware of these dates.   Interns must adhere to all parking rules and regulations, including the winter parking ban. Any parking violations an Intern may receive due to non-adherence to these rules will be at the Intern’s expense.

The UNH MSDI will not discriminate in granting access to any of its programs or activities.

How to Become a Registered Dietitian/NH State Licensure Requirements

  • The following are the steps to becoming a RD:
    • Complete a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics or a related field from an accredited college or university. Completion indicates that the student has met all requirements of a given program and those of The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
    • Complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements in a program approved/accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
    • After you receive your degree, you will then need to complete a supervised practice experience by completing an ACEND-accredited internship.
    • You will then be eligible to take the Examination for Dietetic Registration to become credentialed as an RD. The exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Passing the exam will credential you as an RD.
    • Some states require licensure of Registered Dietitians. The State of New Hampshire recognizes the Registered Dietitian, and its entry level and ongoing continuing education requirements as health professionals that are licensed to provide medical nutrition therapy.  To provide direct nutrition therapy services, or to work as a dietitian, a person must be a licensed RD.  While the Academy requires at least 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years to remain an active member; the State of New Hampshire requires verification of continuing education of 20 hours every two years. Programs approved by the Academy are automatically recognized by the State board. Please visit the NH Dietetic Association at http://www.eatrightnh.org/.

Internship staff contact information:

Celeste Dietterle
Administrative Assistant
University of New Hampshire
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
129 Main Street, Kendall Hall
Durham, NH 03824
celeste.dietterle@unh.edu

Joanne Burke, PhD, RD, LD                                                                             
Director                                                                                                                   
University of New Hampshire                                                                        
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems                  
129 Main Street, Kendall Hall                                                                        
Durham, N.H. 03824                                                                                          
joanne.burke@unh.edu                                                                             

Lisa Corman, MS, RD, LD
Assistant Director
University of New Hampshire
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
129 Main Street, Kendall Hall
Durham, NH  03824
lisa.corman@unh.edu