Suggested Time Frame
Applying for an internship involves extensive research, time and money. It is never too early to start preparing for this stage of your undergraduate education.
- Freshman to Senior Year:
It is very important to maintain a cumulate GPA of 3.0 or better. It is also very important to make the effort to know your department faculty. Often they will be the individuals you will be depending upon to write your letters of recommendations. If you haven's already done so, start developing a resume. Internship programs require a resume as part of the application process.
- Sophomore to Junior Year:
Research internship programs to which you may want to apply. Ask returning students, faculty and community professionals for their opinions/suggestions. Review the AND Website, The Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice, and the material available outside Dr. Larson's office.
- Junior - Senior Year:
Attend the Application Workshop the Wednesday before classes start.
Narrow your choices down to a manageable number of programs for you (usually 5 - 6). Correspond with these programs and ask for more specific information, but before you do, read the fine print. Check to see if the programs that include a graduate degree require the taking of the GRE. Many DI programs require GRE scores.
Gather your transcripts. Write to each college/university you have attended and request an "official" copy of your transcripts. These transcripts are an important component of the total internship application packet. A transcript must document all college/universities attended.
Ask references for letters of recommendation.
A written request is appreciated. Ask your reference providers well in advance. Recommend no later than December 1 for spring. It is not wise to wait until you return for the semester to request a letter.
- Mid January - Senior Year:
Applications are due for the selected internship programs. Be sure that all required information is complete.
You must also prioritize internship preferences at this time. The AND internship selection process includes a computerized system that matches a student's choices (1,2,3...etc.) with the internship programs' choices for student interns. The matching process is administered by D&D Digital Systems, a private computer firm. The cost to you approximately $50.
- Mid-April - Senior Year:
You will be given access to your personal matching results via the D&D Digital Systems website at: www.dnddigital.com on "Notification Day". If you received a MATCH, the dietetic internship program will be listed. A MATCH means that using your priority choices and the dietetic internship priority choices, you have been selected to accept an appointment to the program. This dietetic internship is planning on your being a part of their internship program. Only one match can occur. No alternate matches are made.
Dietetic internship program directors will also find the list of applicants matched to their program on the same date ("Notification Day"). They will also receive a list of applicants who DID NOT MATCH and who have indicated by their release card that they wish to be considered for other available internship opportunities should they occur.
"Appointment Day" is always 1 day following the "notification day." If the applicant was MATCHED to an internship program, she/he must call that program director by 5:00 pm (of the program's time zone) on "Appointment Day" to confirm her/his appointment.