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Academic Year 2017-2018

Graduates of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) who meet the minimum admission requirements are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship (DI).

Admission Deadlines

Graduates of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) who meet the minimum admission requirements are eligible to apply to the Georgia Southern DI.  A maximum of 20 interns are admitted annually to the Georgia Southern DI; 10 seats are available in the Community Nutrition concentration and 10 in the School Nutrition concentration.  Up to 10 internship positions are reserved for graduates of the Georgia Southern DPD program.

Prospective interns must submit Georgia Southern Graduate School documents and fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions, submit Georgia Southern DI documents and fee to the School of Health & Kinesiology, submit an online application and fee to the Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), and register and submit a fee in the D & D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by February 15, 2018.

Georgia Southern DPD students applying to the Georgia Southern DI will participate in the Pre-Select process.  Students must submit Georgia Southern Graduate School documents and fee to the Office of Graduate Admissions, and submit Georgia Southern DI documents and fee to the School of Health & Kinesiology by January 13, 2018.  All Pre-Select applicants are selected and notified before the Spring computer-matching application process, approximately two weeks after the start of the application process.  Students accepted to the Georgia Southern DI in the Pre-Select process will not be allowed to participate in the computer matching process.

  • Pre-Select Process for Georgia Southern University Students Georgia Southern DPD students applying to the Georgia Southern DI may participate in the Pre-Select process. Georgia Southern students must submit the Georgia Southern Graduate Studies and Dietetic Internship application, documents, Graduate Studies fee, and the Georgia Southern DI application fee by January 13.  All Pre-Select applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection no later than January 31.Accepted Pre-Select applicants may not participate in the computer matching process.  Students accepted into the Georgia Southern DI in the Pre-Select process, but who then decide to participate in computer matching or pursue other options, should notify the Georgia Southern DI Director in writing by January 31, and if applicable, notify D & D Digital to participate in computer matching.
  • First Round Matching Process The College of Graduate Studies and Dietetic Internship Application, College of Graduate Studies fee, and the Georgia Southern DI application fee are due February 15. An online application and fee to the Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), and registration and submission of the matching fee for D & D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are also due February 15. Notification day for 2018 is April 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM Central Time. As per DICAS, “Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by telephone, FAX or e-mail on or before 6:00 PM (time zone of the program), April 9, 2018, to confirm acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.” On April 10, 2018 beginning at noon, “Dietetic Internship program directors may contact unmatched applicants who were originally entered on their list on the D&D website. If contacted, these appointments must be confirmed by April 10, 2018, by 8:00 pm Central Time.”On April 12, 2018, at 11:00 AM Central Time, DICAS will post the names of internship programs that have not filled their positions.  Unmatched applicants will be able to submit their applications to the open programs beginning at that time.  By April 14, 2018, at noon, applicants are encouraged to have updated their applications and submitted them on DICAS to the open programs to which they wish to apply.
  • Second Round Matching Process The College of Graduate Studies and Dietetic Internship Application, College of Graduate Studies fee, and the Georgia Southern DI application fee are due April 12, 2018 (Please note there are two separate fees).An online application and fee to the Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) is due April 10, 2018.  Please note these are two separate fees.
    *Please note:  While the College of Graduate Studies and the Dietetic Internship requests that references be emailed to the Program Director, these are not needed as long as they are available in DICAS.  Please do, however, provide your reference contact information in the application.  Additionally, the Letter of Intent or Verification Statement in DICAS will suffice; you do not need to add this to the application, as long as it is available in DICAS.
Minimum Admission Requirements
  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the College of Graduate Studies
  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition & Dietetics, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, with coursework completed within the last 10 years; submission of an Intent to Complete or Verification of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), with a minimum of a C in prerequisite DPD and math and science coursework
  • Dietetic related volunteer and work experience, in the fields of nutrition, food science, health, laboratory or clinical research, foodservice, food industry, nutrition education, or health promotion
  • Submission of GRE scores and the unofficial student copy of the GRE scores
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four exam sub-sections (international students);
  • Admission to the Georgia Southern University College of Graduate Studies after submission of the on-line Graduate Studies and Dietetic Internship Application and the Graduate Studies application fee
  • Submission of the Georgia Southern Dietetic Internship application fee
  • Submission of results of a criminal background check at the federal, state and local levels.  Clearance must be sufficient to participate in programs in all rotations used in the program.

*Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Georgia Southern DI.

Admission Procedures
  1. Complete the on-line College of Graduate Studies and Dietetic Internship Application, which requires submission of the following:
    • Transcripts from each college or university previously attended
      1. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application.
      2. Following notification of acceptance, official transcripts, designated as official, must be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended to the Office of Graduate Studies; transcripts marked “Issued to Student” will not be accepted.
      3. Applicants who have attended Georgia Southern University are not required to submit Georgia Southern transcripts.
    • GRE and TOEFL scores
      1. For the GRE and TOEFL, the Georgia Southern University School Code is 5253.
      2. Unofficial scores must be uploaded to the online application.
      3. Following notification of acceptance, official scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies.
    • Intent to Complete or Verification of Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Results from a criminal background check that includes the federal, state and local levels.  Clearance must be sufficient to participate in all internship rotations.
    • Internship concentration preference
      1. Identify on the application form which internship concentration – community nutrition or school nutrition – you wish to apply to; also identify if you would be willing to accept placement in the other internship concentration if you do not receive placement in your preferred internship concentration.
    • Personal statement (8000 character limit) discussing the following:
      1. Why you want to enter the dietetics profession
      2. Your interest in community nutrition or school nutrition
      3. Your short-term and long-term goals
      4. Experiences and skills that reflect your ability to be successful in the dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian
      5. An assessment of the qualities, knowledge, and skills you feel you need or wish to improve upon
      6. Other information you consider important for the selection process
    • Resume
      1. Include education, work and professional history, recognitions/awards, membership and participation in professional organizations, dietetic related volunteer experience, other experiences related to the dietetic internship, and contact information for a minimum of three references.
    • Description of dietetic related volunteer, work, and practicum experience
      1. Thoroughly describe your dietetic related volunteer, work, and practicum experience; include specific dates, number of hours worked, and descriptions of key responsibilities and leadership and/or teamwork skills.
    • Contact information and letters of recommendation from 3 people
      1. Recommendations should be from people who know your commitment to dietetics and who can refer to your skills, education, performance in the field, and your ability to successfully complete a dietetic internship program.  At least one reference should be from a supervisor in a dietetics related volunteer or work experience and one from a professor who knows your academic work; personal references should not be submitted.
      2. Letters of reference should be sent directly to Karen Spears, Ph.D., RD, at: kspears@georgiasouthern.edu
  2. Fee #1 Submit the $50 Graduate Studies application fee (accessible in the online application).
  3. Fee #2 Submit the $50 Georgia Southern DI application fee (this is in addition to the Graduate Studies application fee).  Please click on the link in this item to access the Georgia Southern DI Marketplace to remit your Georgia Southern DI application fee.
  4. Complete the online DICAS application and submit the DICAS application fee; create an account at http://portal.dicas.org and submit the following:
    • Applicant information (contact information, personal information, background information)
    • Educational information (colleges attended, session & coursework, tests)
      1. Arrange for official transcripts to be sent to DICAS
    • DPD Program Information (DPD Director contact information)
      1. Your Director will submit a Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent prior to you submitting your application
    • Awards, experience, and volunteer activities
      1. Volunteer, work experience, in the fields of nutrition, food science, health, laboratory or clinical research, foodservice, food industry, nutrition education, or health promotion is considered dietetic related volunteer and work experience
    • Personal statement (8,000 character limit); address the following items in the personal statement:
      1. Why you want to enter the dietetics profession
      2. Your interest in community nutrition or school nutrition
      3. Your short-term and long-term goals
      4. Experiences and skills that reflect your ability to be successful in the dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian
      5. An assessment of the qualities, knowledge, and skills you feel you need or wish to improve upon
      6. Other information you consider important for the selection process
    • Resume
      1. Include education, work and professional history, recognitions/awards, membership and participation in professional organizations, dietetic related volunteer experience, other experiences related to the dietetic internship, and contact information for a minimum of three references
      2. Thoroughly describe your dietetic related volunteer and work experience; include specific dates and hours worked and descriptions of key responsibilities and leadership and/or teamwork skills
    • Three letters of reference
      1. Recommendations should be from people who know your commitment to dietetics and who can refer to your skills, education, performance in the field, and your ability to successfully complete a dietetic internship program; at least one reference should be from a supervisor in a dietetics related volunteer or work experience and one from a professor who knows your academic work
    • Application certification
      1. Check the appropriate boxes and sign
    • Program designations
      1. Designate Georgia Southern as one of your preferences
      1. Specify the personal statement you’ve written for the Georgia Southern DI
    • Supplemental Information
      1. Upload a list of your DPD and your math and science coursework
    • $40 for the first application submitted, and $20 for each additional application
    • Results of a criminal background check that includes federal, state and local levels
  5. Register with D & D Digital matching system at http://www.dnddigital.com/ and submit the $50 D & D Digital registration fee.
    • Select Georgia Southern as a priority choice
      1. Community Nutrition matching code #103
      2. School Nutrition matching code #101
Selection Process

Only applications with complete documentation are considered for admission. The Georgia Southern DI Program Director screens all application materials, identifies well qualified candidates, and selects top candidates to continue to the final round in the admissions process, which includes an interview and math quiz.

Candidates are accepted into the Georgia Southern DI based on the following:

  • completion of a master’s degree (not required)
  • overall graduate GPA
  • overall undergraduate GPA
  • DPD coursework GPA
  • math and science coursework GPA
  • GRE score
  • personal statement
  • resume
  • references
  • volunteer and work experience
  • interview
  • math quiz

If a candidate is not placed in their preferred concentration and there is a seat in the other concentration, the candidate may be offered placement in the other concentration at the discretion of the Program Director.

Once accepted into the internship, interns will be required to pay the Georgia Southern DI internship fee of $8000 and graduate tuition and fees.  The Graduate School expenses, but not the internship fee, are eligible for financial aid.

The DI internship fees are paid according to the following schedule:

Payment 1 ($4000) is due on or before May 31st.  Payment 2 ($4000) is due on or before August 31st.  If payment is not received within 30 days of the due date, students will be administratively withdrawn from the internship program.  Once withdrawn, students may be reinstated within 7 days, upon payment of a $100 reinstatement fee.

Required Documentation

Dietetic Internship Documentation
Upon acceptance to the Dietetic Internship, copies of all of the following documents are required to be submitted no later than the first day of Internship Orientation:

  1. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended issued directly to the Dietetic Internship*
  2. Federal, state and local official criminal background check and five panel drug screen, completed through PSI (completed and submitted no earlier than one month prior to the start of the supervised practice experiences: background check must be clear of offenses for the previous five years)
  3. Certificate of Immunization Form-Vaccinations: influenza, Varicella, MMR, hepatitis B and TB testing (completed and submitted no earlier than one month prior to the start of supervised practice experiences)
  4. Health insurance (submitted no later than one month prior to the start of supervised practice experiences. Information about Georgia Southern’s mandatory plan for students in allied health professional curriculum is available here.
  5. Proof of professional liability insurance. Available at Health Providers Service Organization, proliability or other appropriate organizations with prior approval from the internship director (completed and submitted no later than one month prior to the start of supervised practice experiences)
  6. CPR certification by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association (exam must be taken in person and submitted no later than one month prior to the start of supervised practice experiences)
  7. ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification (due at start of internship)
  8. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and concentration specific nutrition organization membership (discussed and submitted during Internship Orientation or as directed)

*The program must keep on file an ORIGINAL verification statement and ORIGINAL transcripts.  We cannot use the copies provided to DICAS or to the graduate school; we must have our own original copies for our program records.  Please bring an original verification statement with you to the first day of orientation and have another set of original transcripts sent to the program director for the highest degree obtained from an accredited institution of higher education.  Please have the original transcripts sent to:

Dietetic Internship Director, Georgia Southern University, PO Box 8076, Statesboro, GA 30460.

Failure to submit all required documentation will result in dismissal from the program.

Health Insurance

Interns are required to enroll in, or waive out of, the Georgia southern University mandatory core health insurance plan. Interns assume full responsibility for health insurance coverage and expenses incurred for health care. In the event of an injury or illness while at a supervised practice site, the intern will receive the same immediate medical attention as an employee of the facility. Expenses incurred from an injury or illness while at a supervised practice site is the intern’s responsibility. If the illness or injury is due to negligence on the part of the facility, the intern may file a personal injury claim against the facility.

Auto Insurance

Interns are required to have their own transportation, as travel will be required during several supervised practice experiences. Interns are required to carry automobile insurance. Interns assume liability for all travel in private vehicles; this includes travel to and from supervised practice sites and travel that occurs during supervised practice experiences. Interns are required to follow all Georgia state laws and regulations. Liability while traveling in a university owned vehicle is covered by Georgia Southern University.


Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

It continues to be the policy of Georgia Southern University to implement affirmative action and equal opportunity to all employees, students, and applicants for employment or admission without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. This policy extends to participation in any of Georgia Southern’s programs. Questions regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, at (912) 478-5136, P.O. Box 8035, Statesboro, GA 30460-8035.

Last updated: 10/11/2017

School of Health & Kinesiology • PO Box 8076, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0200 • chhs@GeorgiaSouthern.edu