Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship
Nutrition and Food Science Programs:
MSU Dietetic Internship
Program Director: Dr. Shahla Wunderlich, PhD, RD, FACN
Co-directors: Maria Stanish, MS, RD; Donna Duardo, MA, RD
Office: University Hall, Room 4019
Phone Number: (973) 655-4375 or (973) 655-4172
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University is a 10-month full-time post-baccalaureate program with a nutrition therapy emphasis. It consists of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in the field of dietetics as well as classroom education and the completion of 6 graduate credits. Eleven students will be accepted into the program as of September, 2010. The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60696-6995, 312-899-0040.
The Dietetic Internship is offered on a full-time basis during a period of 40 weeks in order for students to achieve the competencies set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and become eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Upon passing the examination, graduates earn the credential Registered Dietitian (RD).
Four days each week are devoted to supervised field experience. Students rotate through various facilities for experience in clinical dietetics, foodservice management, community nutrition, wellness, education and research. In-patient clinical nutrition rotations include medicine and surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, long-term care and rehabilitation. Out-patient settings provide experiences in diabetes management, dialysis and maternal nutrition. Additional rotations in healthcare and school food service management, community sanitation, community nutrition programs such as Head Start, Cooperative Extension, the Nutrition Program for the Elderly, wellness programs, and research allow for the achievement of program goals. Supervised field experiences are completed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Monday is reserved for didactic education, which includes lectures, guest speakers, and field trips. Students are required to take two graduate courses for a total of six credits. Courses are determined by the program director. Upon completing the Dietetic Internship, students may continue their graduate studies following matriculation.
Potential areas of employment following program completion include healthcare institutions, foodservice operations, wellness programs, home health agencies, health clubs, government programs, research, consulting and business.
Information can be obtained from Montclair State University, Dietetic Internship, University Hall, Montclair, NJ 07043. All applications are due by the February deadline designated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, which may be found at http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/. For the Spring 2013 computer match, the deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. For further information, please contact the Dietetic Internship at 973-655-4172.
The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship Program is dedicated to preparing graduates for excellence in dietetics practice and dynamic professional involvement in the field. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in dietetics through both classroom education and supervised field experiences. The program provides education in all areas of dietetics with a nutrition therapy emphasis so as to achieve the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements for program accreditation. Through an understanding of the standards of practice and development of skills, students can successfully pass the registration examination and apply their knowledge to careers in clinical nutrition, food service and program management.
- The program will provide a learning environment to foster the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the RD exam.
- The program will prepare students to be competent entry level dietitians.
- The program will provide an environment that promotes professional attitudes and behaviors consistent with ethical and professional practice.
- The program will provide a learning environment to promote and pursue research and community service.
- 100% of all surveyed work supervisors will provide an overall rating of "adequately prepared" regarding graduate practice abilities within 9 months of graduation.
- 100% of all surveyed graduates will provide an overall rating of "adequately prepared" regarding their practice abilities within 9 months of graduation.
- Over a 5-year period, at least 70% of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
- At least 90% of interns enrolled in the DI program will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion, i.e., by the following December.
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for Dietetic Internship graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice with an average grade of "3" or "Good".
- Completion of two graduate courses (6 credits) with a minimum grade of "B".
- Passing a mid-point and a final exam with a minimum grade of 70%.
- Satisfactory completion of all didactic component requirements.
Orientation to the Dietetic Internship usually begins the day after Labor Day and runs for two weeks. There are no rotations on Thanksgiving. Holiday recess/make-up weeks are provided over the December holiday period and in March. There is no class on Memorial Day. Graduation takes place the third week in June.
The Dietetic Internship will hold an Open House for prospective applicants the second Saturday in January, January 12, 2013, in University Hall, Room 4008 from 10 am-noon. All aspects of the program will be presented, including the application process, program requirements and rotations, sites, and the graduate courses. Please call the Internship at 973-655-4172 to RSVP, or for information in case of inclement weather.
Please read carefully. The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship application process is not the same on-line process as the rest of the University. Refer to http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=192 for “Computer Match: Applicant Responsibilities”, which gives specific information for the application, computer matching, and appointment procedures. Other important information, including suggestions for improving your chances of getting an internship, can be found at http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=186. There are three components to the application process: completion of the on-line application through DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System), registration with D & D Digital for the computer match, and an application fee payable to the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship.
Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)
As of 2011, the program will be using the on-line centralized internship application known as DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System), which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. Follow the directions listed for the on-line application. The following information will be required:
- 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 are your short-term and long-term goals?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
- Listing of GPA and DPD courses
- Three letters of recommendation (from an instructor and a work supervisor); Applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form, which will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, Ma 02472
- Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or DPD Verification Statement to be sent to DICAS
- Listing of paid and volunteer work experience
- Honors and awards
- Phone number and address where applicant can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day (April 9 for the Spring 2012 match; see http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=186)
The on-line application must be completed for the MSU Dietetic Internship by the date and time stated on the ACEND web site, http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=186. For 2013, it must be received by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time on February 15, 2013, or 12:59 am Eastern Standard Time on February 16. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application (subject to change).
D & D Digital Registration
Applicants must also register online for computer matching at the D & D Digital web site and select dietetic internship priority choices by the date and time listed. For 2013, applicants must register by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time on February 15, or 12:59 am Eastern Standard Time on February 16). There is a $50.00 computer matching fee (subject to change). Applicants must register with D & D Digital to be considered for the internship.
Montclair State University Application
An application fee of $60 must be received by the Montclair State Dietetic Internship postmarked by February 15, 2013 for the Spring 2013 computer match.
The check or money order should be payable to the Montclair State University Dietetic Internship, and sent to:
Montclair State University
University Hall, Room 4019
Montclair, NJ 07043
Total fees for application to the MSU Dietetic Internship as of January 4, 2012 (subject to change) are:
$40 to DICAS
$50 to D & D Digital
$60 to the MSU Dietetic Internship (nonrefundable)
A 3.0 GPA is needed to be competitive. Complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for personal statement, grades, paid and volunteer experience, honors and awards, and recommendations. An interview and writing sample will be required for final ranking. Applicants will be contacted by telephone between February 25 and February 28 between 10 am-2 pm to schedule an interview. Applicants are encouraged to bring a sampling of graded, written assignments from their Didactic Program in Dietetics to their scheduled interviews.
The final ranking will be submitted to D & D Digital for the computer match. For the Spring 2013 computer match, applicant matching results will be posted on www.dnddigital.com from 6:00 pm Central Time (7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time) on Notification Day (Sunday, April 7, 2013).
Applicants who match with Montclair State University must phone the DI program director at 973-655-4375 before 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Appointment Day (Tuesday, April 9 for Spring 2013) to confirm acceptance of a match. If a message needs to be left, please provide a phone number where you may be reached to confirm your acceptance. After 5:00 p.m. on Appointment Day (April 9 for 2013), the Internship is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.
If all positions are not filled, the DI Director may appoint interns on an individual basis, adhering to Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements.
Accepted students will need to send an original Verification Statement showing completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics, original transcripts from all schools attended, and transcripts verifying the completion of a bachelor's degree to the Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University before beginning the program.
In addition, all undergraduate coursework, summer assignments and evidence of an acceptable criminal background check must be completed and acceptance to the Montclair State University Graduate School must be verified before beginning the internship. Students whose criminal background checks are unacceptable or show activity may not be granted rotations in any facilities. An orientation day for incoming interns will be scheduled in early June.
Tuition for the Program and the six graduate credits are separate.
Program tuition includes:
- Supervised work experience
- Program study guides
- Classroom instruction other than graduate courses
- Professional liability insurance
Program tuition is due in two installments (August and October) and is paid directly to the Dietetic Internship. For the year 2013-14, tuition will be $8,700.
Tuition for three graduate credits per semester and associated fees are paid to the University according to standard University procedures (see Montclair State). See the MSU web site for the current tuition and fees. Accepted students will need to apply to the Graduate School as Dietetic Interns (see Graduate School); there is an additional fee for the application. Tuition and fees may change without notice.
Students are responsible for obtaining the following prior to beginning the program:
Health insurance (variable cost)
Textbooks (estimate $650)
Lab coats (estimate $15 each)
Physical exam and lab work (variable cost)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics affiliate membership ($50)
Background check and urine drug screen ($65+)
Additional costs during the program include:
Parking in some facilities (varies; can be up to $30 for one month)
Fees for field trips and meetings including the New Jersey Annual Meeting in May (estimate $120).
Please refer to http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=7934 for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship and other financial aid information. Montclair State University dietetic interns are eligible for personal or private loans (see http://www.montclair.edu/financial-aid/educational-loans/). Student loan deferments may be applicable. Program management will provide requested documentation to students requiring verification of participation in the Internship.