Dietetic Internships require references as a part of the application process. Dietetic programs often require references in the following categories: professors and academic advisor, employer, and personal. Obtaining good references should not be the sole basis for decisions, but it is important that the student develop relationships over time with people who may serve as references in the future. This may include a variety of interactions so that the reference writer has an adequate basis for providing a strong reference when needed. Your letters of reference should be detailed and give an accurate picture of who you are. Many programs will provide a standardized reference form in their application packet.
Students should consider the following:
- Review the dietetic recommendation form. How would you evaluate yourself on the qualities listed on the grid? What are your strengths? What qualities require further development? Will you reference writer be able to evaluate these attributes?
- Reference writers should be able to "cite examples". What evidence do you have that you possess these qualities and to what degree (outstanding, more than satisfactory, satisfactory, needs improvement, unsatisfactory)? Pay attention to the details expected by your reference writers. something as simple as making a concerted effort to get to class everyday on time can say volumes to a professor about your sense of responsibility.
- DI directors look specifically for "highly recommended" candidates; applicants who possess "outstanding" qualities!