How to Apply

Academic year 2018-2019

Participants interested in attending The University of New Hampshire Dietetic Internship must utilize the on-line centralized application DICAS system. The UNH Dietetic Internship 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. 

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 DICA application, it is NOT optional when you apply to UNH

Though the matching agency may change the titles for the 2018-2019  class, 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 GREs are now required for admission to the UNH Dietetic Internship.  Scores must be completed within the past 5 years. (UNH GRE Code is: 3918) No minimum GRE score has been established for admission. Please select the option Dietetic/Clin Nutrition Services (0628) as the code for the GRE department.

The UNH Dietetic Internship 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: The on-line application must be completed for The University of New Hampshire program by February 15, 2018.  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: Select your dietetic internship priority choices by February 15, 2018. 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.

  • Complete and submit the Supplement Applicant Information and Fee Form (with the $90.00 check payable to Dietetic Internship - University of New Hampshire).  This must be postmarked by February 15, 2018. Mail to:

             Celeste Dietterle
             Administrative Assistant, Dietetic Internship Program
             University of New Hampshire
             Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
             129 Main Street, Kendall Hall
             Durham, NH 03824

  • 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.
  • 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 Dietetic Internship Selection Committee. (Contact Joanne Burke at or (603) 862-1456 for more information regarding course requirements.)
  • To print the Supplemental Applicant Information and Fee Form, click here.
  • 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:





Experience   200

Letter of Application


Demonstrated Leadership Skills





Additional Information for Potential Applicants

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 Dietetic Internship is dependent upon completing a criminal background check and a 15 panel drug screening.  

A 15 panel drug screening test (Amphetamine/methamphetamine, barbiturates, benzodiazepine, cocaine, marijuana (tested via urine AND blood), methadone, methaqualone, opiates, benocyclidine /phencyclidine, propoxyphene, codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone) is required by many of our precepting sites. Interns must complete the 15 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.

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

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

Joanne Burke, PhD, RD, LD                                                                              Lisa Corman, RD, LD
Director                                                                                                                    Assistant Director
University of New Hampshire                                                                         University of New Hampshire
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems                   Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
129 Main Street, Kendall Hall                                                                         129 Main Street, Kendall Hall
Durham, N.H. 03824                                                                                           Durham, NH  03824