How to Apply for the Dietetic Internship

Admission Requirements

Application to the Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition Program and Premier Dietetic Internship is open to students entering their final year of study in an ACEND accredited undergraduate didactic program in dietetics. Applicants must be accepted by both the U.D. MDN and Premier Dietetic Internship programs to be offered an acceptance letter to the MDN/PDI program. Applicants will complete one application through the U.D. Graduate Admissions portal for the MDN program.
Application and admission to the program is first offered as a pre-select to University of Dayton dietetic students. If positions for the MDN/PDI program remain after this selection, external applicants will be reviewed and considered for admission to the MDN/PDI program.

Application Timelines
Internal Applicant Pre-Select (Current U.D. undergraduate students in the dietetics program)
1. Application portal opens September 1 with application deadline October 15 during the final year of study
2. Notification letters mailed November 15
3. Student confirms acceptance with deposit to MDN and PDI by November 30

External Applicant Review (Dependent on availability of spots after internal pre-select)
1. Application portal opens September 1 with application deadline November 1of final year of study
2. Notification letters sent out December 1
3. Confirm with deposit to MDN and PDI by December 15

Important Note: Applicants must be able to matriculate into the graduate program by June 1 in order to complete the summer of online graduate courses required for this program. This requires the student to graduate in May and to receive the signed verification statement from their DPD Director with a signed date no later than May 30th.


Admission Minimum Qualifications to Apply:
GPA: minimum 3.0 overall GPA

  • Science grades: C+ or higher; B- or higher preferred
  • Professional Dietetics course grades: B- or higher

Work Experience: Evidence of 200-hours minimum nutrition-related work experience (A minimum of 100-hours paid documented experience with 100-hours of documented nutrition related non-paid experience in which student made significant contributions to the development and/or delivery of nutrition related services is considered as meeting this requirement.)

Service to the Profession:
Examples: Actively participates as a member of the Student Dietetic Association (SDA), executive position on SDA, service to undergraduate Dietetics program as a research assistant, teaching assistant, or other project that supports the mission and goals of the undergraduate dietetics program. Takes the leads on projects for the dietetics program or on nutrition related project that impacts the community and fellow dietetic students.  

Leadership experience:
Examples: Executive position in a university or community organization, works a job with high level of trust and responsibility assigned to position, serves as mentor in any setting, experience leading groups outside of the classroom setting.  Do not include any experiences required for a course.

Required Documents for the Application:
1. Intent to Complete:

  • The Intent to Complete form is completed by DPD Director. The DPD Director will upload this document directly to the MDN/PDI Application Portal.

2. Personal Statement

  • 1000-word limit
  • Address the following: Your interest in dietetics and journey to prepare to successful complete the internship, graduate school and practice in the profession of dietetics. Strengths and area of growth over the past four years of undergraduate study. A goal you would like to accomplish during your time in graduate school and dietetic internship and how these programs align with achieving this goal.
  • No more than two pages

3. Resume

  • No more than two pages

4. GRE for external candidates only

  • 150 in Quantitative and Verbal

5. Transcript with clear identification of GPA as total, professional, and science.  This can be a DICAS printout.

6. Letters of Recommendation (3)

  • Three letters of recommendation are required, one from each of the following: DPD Director, Medical Nutrition Therapy Professor, Work Reference
  • Applicants will request a letter of recommendation through the online application process
  • An email with an attached recommendation form will be sent to your designated reference
  • The person completing your letter of recommendation will complete the required form and then upload it to the application portal

7. Attestation of Professional Image Policy

A selection committee reviews and ranks applicants for the Dietetic Internship program at Premier Health.