Dietetic Internship

Application Process for the Medical Nutrition Therapy Concentration

 

Apply to:

  • UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship by applying to be a special student. Be sure to specify the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and that it begins in the summer.
  • Complete the application found within the Dietectic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS), which includes but is not limited to:
    • Two references from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science, and one reference from a supervisor of work experience.
    • An unofficial copy of your GRE report should be submitted with your DICAS application. Please, attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment. This will be possible after the UW Health Dietetic Internship has been added to the list of programs that you are applying. This can be accomplished within the "Internship Program Designations" section of the application. Applicants are also requested to report their scores and percentiles within the "Tests" section of the application.

  • D&D Digital Computer Matching
  • If you are matched with the UW Health Dietetic Internship, you will then be invited to submit a formal online employment application to the organization.
  • Note that an application fee of $45 is required. Make checks out to: UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. Please send your application fee to:

    UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
    Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
    600 Highland Ave, F4/120
    Mail Code: 1510
    Madison, WI 53792

Second-Round Selection for Spring Match MNT Concentration Applicants

 

UW Health Dietetic Internship positions not filled during first-round match will be selected from applications and interviews that were reviewed by the program with the first-round match. This means that students who have applied and interviewed during the first-round matching process but, did not match to any program during the first round, will be given priority for a second round selection.

  • The program will reach out directly to any unmatched students who have previously applied to the program during the first round to begin the second-round selection. It is not necessary for students to contact the program to inquire about openings.
  • New applications to the program from students who have not previously applied to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program will be taken through DICAS if the program does not fill from first-round applications.
  • New applicants should apply to the program through DICAS, and must meet the application requirements as stated above, including application to the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship and reporting GRE test scores.

Pre-Select Admission For UW-Madison Students Within the MNT Concentration

 

The UW Health Dietetic Internship program offers a preselect option for a maximum of 5 slots annually. These slots are reserved for senior UW-Madison Dietetics students and Graduate students enrolled in the UW-Madison M.S. Clinical Nutrition degree program who wish to continue their education within the University of Wisconsin system and complete the dietetic internship after graduation.

 

The application and admission process will be conducted during the fall semester annually. The application deadline is the last day of the Fall semester each year. Applicants will receive notification via email from the Dietetic Internship Director of acceptance or rejection into the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program by January 28th each academic year. Once students accept an intern position in UW Health’s Dietetic Internship Program the next academic year their name is submitted to D&D Digital and that student is ineligible to participate in computer matching.


Full acceptance is conditional on maintaining cumulative and major GPAs, as well as, graduation and DPD verification for graduating seniors. Once accepted, senior students must apply to UW-Madison Capstone Program in Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship by applying to be a special student. Be sure to specify the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and that it begins the following summer.

 

Pre-Select Application Process

 

  1. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Dietetic Internship's Program Director or the DPD Coordinator during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.

  2. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as, key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.

  3. Take the GRE and add an unofficial copy of your GRE report to your DICAS application. Please, attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment.

  4. Sign a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement. A valid Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) at the UW-Madison. A valid verification statement stating successful completion of an accredited and approved DPD must be submitted before the applicant can enter the internship.

  5. Email the DICAS Application to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program's Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.org) by the last day of the Fall semester.

  6. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet. A copy of final grades should be provided as they become available.

  7. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check and made out to UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, Registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.

  8. Mail transcripts, the Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement and application fee to:

    UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
    Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
    600 Highland Ave, F4/120
    Mail Code: 1510
    Madison, WI 53792 

Pre-Select Admission For Wisconsin WIC Program Nutritionists Within the Public Health Concentration

  1. Complete the UW Health Dietetic Internship Readiness Survey.

  2. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Dietetic Internship's Program Director and their WIC program manager during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the completed readiness survey and the application process.

  3. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.

  4. Take the GRE and add an unofficial copy of your GRE report to your DICAS application. Please attach a PDF or scanned picture of your unofficial report as a supplemental attachment.

  5. Attach DPD Verification Statement. A valid Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) is required.

  6. Email the DICAS Application to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.org) when the application is complete.

  7. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet.

  8. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check and made out to UW Health Dietetic Internship Program. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.

  9. Mail transcripts, Verification Statement and application fee to:

    UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
    Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
    600 Highland Ave, F4/120
    Mail Code: 1510
    Madison, WI 53792

Selection Criteria

 

Application to the UW-Madison's Capstone Certificate-Dietetic Internship Program requires successful completion of The Academy's Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and fulfillment of the application process noted above.

Interns are selected based on:

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Conceptual ability
  • Written and oral expression
  • Self-direction
  • Preparation
  • Work experience
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership abilities
  • Professional references
  • GRE scores (required)

It is ideal that the personal narrative reflects such abilities. In the past, the students selected typically have a graduate GPA greater than 3.0 and paid work experience in clinical nutrition and/or food service experience.

 

Admission Requirements

 

All interns must meet the following core requirements before they formally begin the program:

  • Official college transcripts with posted degree and completion of all DPD coursework
  • Final verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD college
  • Official GRE score report
  • Completion of a formal online employment application to UW Hospitals and Clinics
  • Completion of a physical exam at Employee Health Services with proof of titers (blood tests) showing immunity.
  • Background Check
  • Fingerprinting, may be required by various rotation sites
  • Proof of health insurance. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or healthcare access to UW Hospitals and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable healthcare based on their current insurance plan.

International Applicants

 

Applicants must be either citizens of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the internship. UW Hospitals and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Dietetic Internship program.