Dietetic Internship Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a graduate degree in Food and Nutrition or related degree from an accredited university; intent of completion degree paperwork will be accepted. Coursework, including the thesis project (if required), must be successfully completed by August 1, prior to the internship start, or your appointment will be forfeited and you will be replaced by an alternate. If your appointment is forfeited you may reapply to the dietetic internship the following year.
  • Verification of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics from an approved/accredited undergraduate program. 
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale; GPA 3.0 or above in professional courses.
  • Recent relevant work experience beyond that required for course requirements (may be either paid or volunteer).
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy course(s) completed no more than four years prior to the application to the UW-Stout Dietetic Internship.


Dietetic Internship Application Procedures and Deadlines

The internship application process requires three steps:

[1]  Apply to the DICAS System 

The Dietetic Internship program is using DICAS, the online centralized internship application, which may be accessed in early December for the spring match. Go to the DICAS website. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time by the mid-February deadline set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.

As part of the DICAS application process you will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
  • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
  • What was the subject of your research/thesis during your graduate work? Why did you select this topic? Explain how you believe your research will contribute to the practice of nutrition and dietetics, for yourself and others.
  • Describe experiences where you have shown leadership.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses, or areas that need improvement?

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:

DICAS Transcript Department
PO Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472

When completing the DICAS application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students applying to more than one program will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.

To learn more about your responsibilities as an applicant to a dietetic internship program that participates in computer matching, go to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. You will find the timeline and deadlines for the computer matching process.

[2] Submit $50 and apply to D&D Digital

For details about computer matching, contact D&D Digital, 3100 S. Riverside Drive, PO Box 887, Ames, IA 50010-6148, phone 515-292-0490.  Applicants must register online for computer matching with D&D Digital. Paper applications for computer matching mailed to D&D will not be accepted.

Note: The University of Wisconsin-Stout Dietetic Internship is Program Code No. 392 on the prioritized list of dietetic internship programs that you will submit to D&D Digital Systems. 

There is a $50 computer matching fee.

[3] Send $45 application fee directly to UW-Stout
The internship fee for UW-Stout is $45 and should be sent directly to:

UW-Stout Internship Director
234 Heritage Hall, 415 E 10th Ave
Menomonie, WI  54751

This application fee is nonrefundable.

All applications will be retained by the University of Wisconsin-Stout Dietetic Internship program for one year and then destroyed. No application materials will be returned to applicants.

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Selection Decisions

Ranking decisions are made by majority vote of the Internship Admissions Committee. In the event of a tie vote, input from precepting Registered Dietitians will be sought, and if necessary, after consultation, the vote of the preceptors will be the tie-breaking vote.

Once a match is accepted to the dietetics internship program, enroll with the Graduate School as a Special Student (non-degree applicant), in order to register for the 18 credits in FN-865 Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Management: 9 credits in the fall and 9 credits in the spring. Contact the Graduate School for instructions or visit the Graduate School website. You must be registered by August 1, prior to the start of the internship.

Second Round Match Requirements

In the event that the program does not fill all openings in the first round match, students applying for the second match must submit all required documents through the DICAS website. Applications will be accepted beginning at 11:00am (central time) on April 7 through April 9 by 12:00pm (central time) for a decision by no later than April 18. Qualified applicants will be invited after committee review.  An application fee will be required for second round. Send the $45 application fee directly to UW-Stout:

UW-Stout Internship Director
234 Heritage Hall, 415 E 10th Avenue
Menomonie, WI 54751