DICAS - Queens College

DICAS - Queens College

Dietetic Internships Overseen by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Dietetic Internship Basics All internships must provide a total of 1200 hours of supervised practice in a combination of: Food Service Clinical Community Emphasis Area/Concentration i.e., Advanced Community, Future Trends in Dietetics

Must complete the internship to take the RD exam Starting 2024 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics most likely will require completion of a Graduate degree (~36 credits) to take the RD exam Types of Dietetic Internships Hospital Based Ex., New York- Presbyterian, North Shore- LIJ Health System Advantages: strong acute care clinical Food Service Management Company Ex., Aramark, Sodexo They provide the learning sites Seminar with DI Director may be distance learning

Advantages: if positions available will hire you after you complete the internship, may pay for your graduate school if you work for them College Based Ex., City University of New York; Queens, Lehman, Hunter, Brooklyn and Long Island University-Post Advantages: will earn some graduate school college credits Types of Dietetic Internships Army or Air Force Will intern in one of three top armed services hospitals in the U.S. They will pay you to attend the internships Must stay an additional 3 years after internships is completed

Application is due December 1st for the August start date Minimum 3.5 GPA required to apply Distance Learning Types 1. They provide the supervised practice sites (i.e., Oneonta) 2. *You provide the supervised practice sites (i.e., Oakwood) Food Service, Clinical, Community This works best for someone working in a hospital or nursing whom whose employer has granted them permission to use them as a training site Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs) Can only apply if you were not accepted into a DI previously and have earned a Verification Statement

*Generally you must provide your supervised practice sites as mentioned above Costs of Dietetic Internships Army or Air Force Will pay you - ~$45,000 All others $8000 and up To Find Dietetic Internship Programs http://www.eatright.org/ACEND -> Accredited Education Programs->Dietetics Internships

Dietetic Internship software on Remsen 308 computers Detailed information of about 215 of the 265 internships Contact Information Costs Minimum GPA required to apply, Average GPA of current interns Area of emphasis Week in each rotation Number of student who applied in the previous 2 years Number of students they accept How they prioritize ranking; science GPA, Dietetics GPA, letters of reference, personal statement, volunteer/work experience How to Find Out More About Dietetic Internships Attend a Dietetic Internship Fair A group of Internship Directors from an area will be gather in one site for potential applicants to visit their table. Ex., New York DIs at Hunter or NYU or Queens College (changes each year) or Massachusetts DIs

Attend Open Houses Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting Individual internships will set a date when they will be available to tour there facility and ask questions Ask for an individual meeting with the director Create a Good Impression Every time you communicate with a DI director or their staff you are making an impression, you are being interviewed Be polite Write professionally

Dress professionally Bring your resume/business card Thank them Verbally In writing (get their business card) Deciding which Dietetic Internships to Apply To Know your priorities Area of interest Affordability

Location Do you want to obtain graduate credits Read all information on the DIs website Ask the DI director questions that are not available on their website Attend the Internship Fair and Open House Ask if you can speak with a current or prior dietetic intern Dietetics Internship Centralized Application System (DICACS) Basics

To start your Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)https://portal.dicas.org Applicant Portal ? Help section Video overview Instructions for each area of the application Can contact DICAS to ask questions: (617) 612-2855 Information Required My Application Applicant Information Contact Information; Name, address, phone number, email address

Personal Information; Citizenship status, Visa status, Veteran?, Language spoken Background Information; Disciplinary actions, civil suits against you, probation or suspension Match Information http://www.dnddigital.com Register with computer matching organization Educational Information DPD Course list (download from QC Nutrition & Dietetics webpage) Colleges Attended

Course Work Tests; GRE and/or TOEFL if required by the DI program DPD Program Contact Information Information Required My Application Additional Information Awards, Experiences, Volunteer Activities Personal Statement Resume

Reference Application Certification (Signature/ Date) Program Designation Honors and/or extracurricular activities after beginning college Honors and Awards Sports and Extracurricular Activities Certifications

Work and Volunteer Experience (next slide for more detail) Transcripts All OFFICIAL transcripts are to be sent to DICAS DICAS Transcript Department PO Box 9118 Watertown, Massachusetts 02472 Or submitted electronically (see DICAS for further instructions) Obtain OFFICIAL transcripts for yourself to use when filling out the DICAS Coursework section Request from all college(s) early in the process Include Transcript Request Form for each college transcript If you have an international (foreign) transcript you can check with the DI directors of the programs you are applying to if they require a copy of a foreign transcript or an official evaluation If your current name is different from the name listed on your transcript, you MUST include both your current and former name on the Transcript Request Form.

Include Fall grades in transcript DICAS will Verify for authenticity Scan them in so Dietetic Internship directors can review them Hard copy must be sent to internship after acceptance Entering Coursework Watch the DICAS youtube video in Coursework under Instructions for This Section Under Education Information -> Colleges Attended list the colleges attended first Then under Coursework Student lists Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) courses only and puts course name, number and grades in the order of the semester attended from each college where DPD courses were completed Use the DPD Course List from the QC Nutrition and Dietetics webpage and your OFFICIAL transcripts as a guide for entering the courses

Indicate courses as Science or Professional Science Courses- Chemistry and Biology courses only that meet the Nutrition and Dietetics course curriculum Professional Courses- FNES and Psychology courses that meet the Nutrition and Dietetics course curriculum For DPD courses not taken at Queens College you must use the advisement sheet developed when you first declared your major AP Credits: contact DICAS for details on how to enter the grade DICAS will calculate GPA Repeated Courses From the Same Institution

___No, this course was either not a repeated course, or was the final attempt of a repeated course ___Yes, this course was repeated at this institution, and this was not the final attempt Declaration of Intent and Verification Statement Applicant will request either: Declaration of Intent from Nutrition and Dietetics Director For students who have not yet completed all DPD courses or have not earned their bachelors degree yet Verification statement from Nutrition and Dietetics Director For students who have completed all DPD courses and Bachelors degree

Nutrition and Dietetics Director completes online Sent back to the student. Student then approves with electronic signature If needs editing, students send it back to Director who corrects and then sends it back to student for electronic signature Verification Statement are sent to students 8-12 weeks after they graduate. The student must provide the hard copy of their Verification Statement to their to Dietetic Internship Director by the start of their internship Volunteer Information Required Employer:

Position: Supervisors Name (1st and Last) Supervisors Title, Phone #, Email Start and End Date (Month and Year) Number of Weeks Hours per Week Total Hours at Experience Personal Statement Questions to be addressed: Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?

Discuss experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career. What are your short-term and long-term goals? What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement? What other information do you consider important for the selection decision? 8000 characters, ~1000 Word limit Recommend you compose the statement in Word and cut & paste You can write and title a different personal statement for each program you are applying to References Student requests references

A minimum of 3 Faculty, Employers or Volunteer Supervisor DI Director may request an additional reference DICAS can upload up to 4 Email sent to reference person Student notified when complete Your letters of recommendation DO NOT need to be complete in order for you to submit your application. You just need to attach your reference requests to the appropriate DI site.

Once the letter has been uploaded and completed by your reference, the sites to which is was attached will be able to view it. This includes the sites that were applied to prior to the letter being provided. Source: DICAS Reference Instructions https://portal.dicas.org/dicasHelpPages/instructions/references/index.html Supplemental Portion of Application Students responsibility to determine if a particular DI requires additional material and what they require You must scan all supplemental material into one electronic file, i.e., pdf To upload supplemental materials for an application, click on the button in the Supplemental column in your list of designated programs. More information can be found on DICAS under

Program Designations Fees DICAS application fee Information & fee to internship program $45 for first application, $20 for each additional application Each program must be sent a check directly to them. See their website for fee and who to write the check to. D & D Digital computer matching fee $50 www.dnddigital.com/ Spring Application Timeline Internships that start in August

~ December 1 DICAS and D & D sites opens February 15th - site closes to applicants, some programs want applications earlier ~ April 6 (date is different each year)- student will be notified whether they have been matched or not to a Dietetic Internship ~1-2 days after match period - after match Clearing House for programs with openings Dietetic Internships start ~end of August Matching with D & D Digital a separate process Fall Application and Matching Timeline

Internship that start in January ~July 1 DICAS and D & D sites opens September 23 - site closes to applicants ~ November (date is different each year)- student will be notified whether they have been matched or not to a Dietetic Internship ~1-2 days after match period - after match Clearing House for programs with openings Dietetic Internships start in January Matching with D & D Digital a separate process DICAS Records

Applicants matched to a dietetic internship program files will be deleted (temporarily archived). Applicants not matched to a dietetic internship will be saved. Applicants can update information for future applications to dietetic internships when DICAS reopens. Application Checklist Completed Application Letters of Reference Minimum of 3

Transcripts mailed to DICAS regular mail or electronically Declaration of Intent/Verification Statement D & D Digital When all is said and done Have a back-up plan Graduate School Employment

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