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Dietetic Internships | Full-Time Track | Part-Time WIC Track

 

All materials from this checklist must be submitted through DICAS (https://portal.dicas.org) between now and February 15 at 11:59 p.m. (Central).

 


 

What are the Admission Requirements?

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

  • Completion of the required academic Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) course work with a verification statement or a verification of intent to complete form *

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or greater on a 4.0 scale

 

 

*Additional course work is required to update DPD coursework if completed 5 or more years before the year the internship program begins.
Example: You are applying for the dietetic internship that begins August, 2014. If your degree was granted prior to August, 2009, you would need to take additional classes prior to application.

 

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What are the applicant responsibilities involved in the application process?

Please refer to the MCDPH DI Full Time Track Application Checklist: This checklist is provided to ensure all required components of the application are included and must be completed and submitted through DICAS.


DICAS Application
  • Maricopa County's dietetic internship program uses the on-line Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). Begin the application process at https://portal.dicas.org.

  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472

  • When completing the application form, 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. The form will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.

  • The DICAS application must be submitted by the deadline stated on the DICAS website

 

Personal Statement

 

In addition to the five questions asked to be included in the personal statement on the on-line applications through DICAS, please answer the following four questions in your personal statement that is submitted through DICAS for the Maricopa County program. These questions include:

 

  • The reason for applying to an internship that is public health focused

  • Your expectations of our program

  • A description of a project completed without supervision

  • A notation if you speak, read or write a language other than English and your level of fluency

 

DICAS Supplemental Materials

 

In addition to the requirements for students to submit their on-line applications through DICAS, the Maricopa County program also requires some additional items that need to be submitted through the supplemental forms section of DICAS. These include:

 

 

It is your responsibility to obtain and complete these documents and convert them to one electronic document. This may require scanning paper copies. You must upload/attach your SINGLE electronic document (with all four required supplemental materials) to the application. The size limit for supplemental file upload in DICAS is 5 Mb.

 

Application Fee

 

The only piece that cannot be submitted through DICAS is the non-refundable application fee of $52.00 specific to Maricopa County. Checks must be made payable to Maricopa County and sent to:

 

Maricopa County Dept of Public Health
Office of Nutrition Services
Laura Weber, MSEd, RD, IBCLC
4041 N. Central, Suite 700 C
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

D&D Digital Systems

 

Maricopa County’s full time track dietetic internship program participates in computer matching through D&D Digital Systems. Internship candidates must submit a prioritized list of selected dietetic internships and a computer matching fee of $50. Complete this process at http://www.dnddigital.com

 

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What are the selection criteria?

Candidate application packets will be reviewed by a selection committee and scores assigned for overall grade point average, DPD grade point average, science grade point average, work and volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, applicant's responses in the personal statement, and second language proficiency. Grade point averages and quality and quantity of dietetic related work experience are given significant consideration. The selection committee will ask the top 25% of applicants to participate in an interview.

 

The ability to speak a language in addition to English is beneficial to working within the local community. It is not a program requirement in the selection process. Applicants claiming proficiency in a second language may be asked to participate in that language over the course of the interview.

 

The selection committee will rank applicants in order of preference and send the ranking to D&D Digital System for computer matching.

 

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What are the dates for computer matching for the Full-Time Track Dietetic Internship?

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Deadline for online matching registration for computer matching is 11:59pm Central Time Sunday, February 15, 2015. Applicants must register online at www.dnddigital.com, pay the $50.00 computer matching fee by credit card, and enter their Contact Information and Dietetic Internship priority choices. Applicants should only prioritize Dietetic Internships for whom they have submitted all completed application materials prior to the Internship deadline.

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015
(Notification Day) Beginning 6:00 pm CDT, applicants will find their matching result on www.dnddigital.com through Monday, April 13, 2015 (Appointment Day). This is the ONLY source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either ONE MATCH or NO MATCH after log in.
All applicants who receive ONE MATCH will find the matched DI Program name and contact information to accept the appointment. The MATCHED DI Program is planning that the MATCH will be accepted. Matched applicants must contact the DI program on Notification or Appointment Day to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs.
Applicants who received NO MATCH will be given other instructions.

 

Monday, April 13, 2015
(Appointment Day) Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by telephone, FAX or email on or before 6:00 PM (time zone of the program) Monday, April 13, 2015 to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.

 

Matched applicants must telephone (602) 506-9319, fax (602) 506-9330 or e-mail (LauraWeber@mail.maricopa.gov) the DI Program Director to confirm their acceptance or rejection of the match.

 

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What types of Practicum Experiences are offered by the Full-Time Internship Track?

Our dietetic internship is a full time, 38 week program approved for an annual class of 5 interns. Interns participating in the office's program will be exposed to a wide variety of nutrition services from metropolitan and rural areas of Maricopa County. Opportunities are provided to interact with individuals and groups from multi-ethnic backgrounds representing all ages and levels of education. Community, clinical, and food & nutrition management experiences offered will challenge interns to integrate knowledge gained from dedicated study with opportunities for practice and application.

 

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What is the program schedule?

The dietetic internship program begins in mid-August and is completed by the first week in June. Two weeks of vacation are scheduled near the end of December which includes Christmas and New Year's Day. Other holidays honored are Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the day after Thanksgiving Day.

 

Affiliate Rotations will typically be in Maricopa County. However, some travel is necessary. Cost for lodging will be the intern’s responsibility.

 

Affiliate Rotations (variable from year to year and in no specific order):

 

Practice Area Rotation Sites Weeks Total Weeks
Community/
Public Health
Arizona Department of Health Services 2
Arizona Department of Education 1
Wellness: Phoenix College, Paradise Valley Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College or University of Arizona

1

Maricopa County Department of Public Health-Management 1
Maricopa County WIC 1
Maricopa County Department of Public Health-Office of Nutrition and Physical Activity

2

Head Start: Maricopa County or Southwest Human Development 1
Greater Valley Area Health Education Center 1
Desert Mission Food Bank (3 days during Thanksgiving week) 1
11
Clinical
Hospital Clinical Inpatient 11
Diabetes: St. Vincent de Paul, Mountain Park Health Center, El Rio Health Center, or Pascua Yaqui Tribe 1
Long Term Care: Nutrition Alliance or Crandall Corporate Dietitians

1

Cancer: Cancer Treatment Centers of America 1
Renal: Western Skies or Diversified Specialty Institute

OR

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

1
15
Food & Nutrition Management
School Food Service 7 7
Specialty
Culinary: Nutrition Studio or Chef Dudash Nutrition 1
Eating Disorders: Rosewood 1
Sports Nutrition: Athlete's Performance

1

Enrichment Experience 2
5
Vacation
In Dec./Jan. (no rotation site scheduled) 2 2
Didactic Practice
Orientation/Clinical Boot Camp 1.5 1.5

 

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What does the program cost?

Dietetic Internship Application Fee
$52

 

Total program costs will vary according to the needs and lifestyles of each individual. Food, housing, and transportation expenses are variable and the responsibility of the student. Interns must provide their own health and professional liability insurance in order to participate in the program. Arizona law does require drivers to carry automobile insurance and Arizona residents to have annual emission inspection completed on their vehicle.

 

Program costs that are applicable if the applicant is accepted to the internship; proof required first day of internship:

 

Tuition
$2500
Auto Insurance
Variable
Gas (@~40 miles per work day)
$150 - $200/month (estimate)
Vehicle Emissions Inspection Fee
$15
Housing/Rent, 1-bedroom apartment
$650 - 750 per month (variable)
Hotel in Wickenburg (Rosewood Rotation)
$100-250 (variable)
Study Material for RD Exam
$200-350 (variable)
Office and Miscellaneous Supplies
$100 (estimate)
Textbooks, journals, subscriptions
$75
Professional Liability Insurance
$35
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership Dues
$50
Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics District Student Membership Dues
$15
ServSafe
Variable
CPR Certification
$45
Fingerprint Clearance Card
$69
Online Clinical Orientation
$9
Health Insurance
Variable
Flu Shot
Variable
Hepatitis B series, Tetanus shot
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Varicella (even if you have had chicken pox)
Variable; check with health insurance plan
MMR and TB Skin Test
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Urine Drug Screen
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Statement of good health
Variable; check with health insurance plan

 

*** Scholarship applications are available through the Academy Education and Accreditation staff at: 1-800-877-1600, ext 5400

 

 

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What are entrance requirements for matched applicants?

Candidates matched with the program will need to complete the Hepatitis B series to participate. The series should be initiated in May to allow adequate time to complete the immunizations prior to program initiation in August.

 

Additional documentation required at the start of the dietetic internship:

 

  • Automobile Insurance

  • Driver's License

  • Signed verification statement of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

  • Official transcripts showing completion of degree

  • Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Membership in an Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics District

  • Professional Student Liability Insurance - $1,000,000 per occurrence/$3,000,000 aggregate

  • ServSafe Certification

  • CPR Certification

  • Completed criminal background check and a fingerprint clearance card

  • Health insurance

  • Statement of good health to participate in the program from a medical provider

  • Urine drug screen

  • Documentation of TB (PPD)Skin Test

  • Documentation of MMR vaccination

  • Documentation of varicella exposure or positive varicella immune titer

  • Evidence of current tetanus toxoid (within the past ten years)

  • Evidence of a seasonal flu shot (at the beginning of flu season)

 

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Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone:

602.506.9319

 

Fax:

602.506.9330

 

Acting Dietetic Internship Director & WIC Dietetic Internship Coordinator:

Laura Weber, MSEd, RD, IBCLC

 

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