Students selected for the internship program have graduated from an accredited institution, have completed all requirements for an accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD), and have submitted a complete application prior to the deadline for submission. Prior to admission to the dietetic internship program, dietetic interns are required to provide a Verification Statement indicating the DPD coursework has been completed and a copy of their transcript confirming a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
The strongest applicant has demonstrated scholarship achievement, participated in pertinent electives and/or relevant work experiences, is an effective communicator, shows an ability to work cooperatively with others and has some leadership experience. The selection committee selects students on a competitive basis based on the contents of their application. Interviews with top candidates will be held prior to deadline for online reordering. The UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship policy prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person seeking admission to the dietetic internship on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age or sexual orientation.
A strong applicant is one who has done well in both professional nutrition courses and general science courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. DPD course work must have been completed within three years of entrance to the internship. If DPD course work is older, an upper division course in physiology AND clinical nutrition must be completed prior to entrance into the internship.
Work experience related to nutrition or foodservice is a plus but is not mandatory. Valued work experience is that which gives a student responsibility, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills.
In addition to the online DICAS Application, the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program requires a Supplemental Application Form to be completed and mailed directly to the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program, postmarked no later than February 15, 2014. The Supplemental Application Form can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application Form
In addition to the Personal Statement required in DICAS, the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program requires each applicant to answer three addendum questions and upload the answers to DICAS in the "Dietetic Internship Program Designation" section. The Addendum Questions can be found by clicking this link: UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program Addendum Questions.
Letters of Recommendation
DICAS requires three letters of recommendation be included in your application package. Your letters of recommendation should be from those who know you well enough to comment on your strengths, your achievements and those qualities that will make you successful. Although the following combination is not required, the UC Davis Medical Center Dietetic Internship prefers two letters of recommendations from work supervisors and one letter of recommendation from an academic advisor.
Extra Curricular Activities
Extra curricular activities that demonstrate your individual strengths, especially those that highlight time management skills, ability to problem solve and collaborate with others will be considered.