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Arizona WIC Track (Part Time)

 

Dietetic Internship: Overview | 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).

 

This track allows the WIC staff to work toward completion of internship competencies while retaining their employment with their WIC agency.

 

 


 

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

  • Currently employed in any contracted Arizona WIC Local Agency**

  • At least one year of full-time employment in a contracted Arizona WIC Local Agency

 

* Additional course work is required to update DPD coursework if completed five or more years before the year the internship program begins.
Example: You are applying for the dietetic internship that begins August, 2016. If your degree was granted prior to August, 2011, you would need to take additional classes prior to application.

 

Recency of Education Policy

 

The following Recency of Education Policy is a policy statement for those applicants with a signed Verification Statement that is dated more than 5 years before the year the internship program begins. The courses taken to satisfy the requirements of this policy must be completed at a U.S. college or university that houses an accredited DPD program.

  1. If the signed Verification Statement is dated within the last 5 years, then no extra coursework is required.
  2. If the signed Verification Statement is dated within 5-10 years from the starting date of the internship program, then the applicant must have completed with a grade of C or better 6 credit hours of coursework. The following courses are highly recommended:
    1. A Medical Nutrition Therapy or Diet Therapy course
    2. Another advanced level nutrition course
  3. If the signed Verification Statement is dated 10 years or more from the starting date of the internship program, then the applicant must have completed with a grade of C or better 12 credit hours of coursework. The following courses are highly recommended:
    1. A Medical Nutrition Therapy or Diet Therapy course
    2. Another advanced level nutrition course
    3. A Biochemistry course
    4. An Anatomy and Physiology course

 

An official transcript that verifies the courses taken must accompany the application packet.

 

**How to find a job with AZ WIC

 

Each WIC Agency posts positions and hires as an independent entity. Below is a list of all 21 Arizona WIC local agencies and websites to search for job openings and/or contact information.

 

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What are the applicant's responsibilities involved in the application process?

 

Please refer to the MCDPHDI AZ WIC 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 online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). Begin the application process at https://portal.dicas.org.

  • The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $45 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 email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. 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 online 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 online 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 250 KB.

 

PAL Portfolio and Application Fee

 

The only two pieces that cannot be submitted through DICAS are the Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) Portfolio and the non-refundable application fee of $52.00 specific to Maricopa County. Checks must be postmarked on or before February 15 and made payable to Maricopa County.


Please follow these instructions and use this template for your PAL Portfolio.


Mail your check and USB flash drive to:

 

Laura Weber, MSEd, RDN, IBCLC
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Office of Community Health Innovation
4041 N. Central, Suite 1400
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

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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 professional grade point average, DPD 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 PAL Portfolios will be reviewed for accuracy and alignment of activities to competencies. The selection committee may ask 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.

 

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What is the timeline for applying to the AZ WIC Track Dietetic Internship?

 

Important Date
(Please note that all dates are TENTATIVE)
Task
February 15 at 11:59 P.M. (Central) Application Deadline. All materials from the Application Checklist must be submitted via DICAS.
February 16 - 28 MCDPH DI selection committee will review and score applications submitted
Second Week of March (tentative) MCDPH DI selection committee will conduct applicant interviews
March 31 (date is tentative) MCDPH DI selection committee will meet to select 6 interns for the WIC Track dietetic internship
April 1 (date is tentative) WIC Dietetic Internship Coordinator will notify local WIC agency and interns of selections
April through Mid-August Interns will complete pre-internship requirements
Second Wednesday of August (tentative) Tentative first day of Internship

 

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What types of supervised practice experiences are offered by the AZ WIC Internship Track?

 

Our AZ WIC Dietetic Internship Track, for an annual class of 6 interns, consists of 32 weeks of supervised practice with an additional 13 weeks working at the local WIC Agency. The AZ WIC Track begins in mid-August and will be completed by the first week of July. Interns participating in this track will be exposed to a wide variety of nutrition services from metropolitan and rural areas of Arizona. Opportunities are provided to interact with individuals and groups from multi-ethnic backgrounds representing all ages and levels of education. Clinical, food and nutrition management, community and specialty experiences offered will challenge interns to integrate knowledge gained from dedicated study with opportunities for practice and application.

 

Practice sites for the AZ WIC Track Dietetic Internship will be determined based on the geographic location of the candidates selected and availability of rotation sites. Travel to areas around the state will be required for some rotations.

 

Because of the great diversity among the residents in Maricopa County, interns able to speak Spanish are highly valued by the rotation sites. However, the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement for admission into the internship program.

 

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What is the program schedule?

 

The AZ WIC Dietetic Internship program begins in mid-August and is completed by the first week in July. Holidays may be honored depending on the rotation site and Local WIC Agency. These include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

 

Internship rotations will be determined based on the geographic location of the intern. However, some travel is necessary. Costs for lodging will be the intern's responsibility.

 

Internship 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
Food Bank: Desert Mission Food Bank or St. Vincent de Paul Food Reclamation Center and Family Dining 1
Head Start: Maricopa County or Southwest Human Development

OR

Greater Valley Area Health Education Center
1
Maricopa County Department of Public Health-Dietetic Internship Management 1
WIC Local 2
WIC Management

2

10
Clinical
Hospital Clinical Inpatient 11
Diabetes: St. Vincent de Paul Family Wellness Program, Mountain Park Health Center, El Rio Health Center, or Pascua Yaqui Tribe 1
Long Term Care: Nutrition Alliance, Beatitudes Campus or Crandall Corporate Dietitians

1

Renal: Western Skies or Diversified Specialty Institute

OR

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

1
14
Food & Nutrition Management
School Food & Nutrition Management 7 7
Specialty

Entrepreneurship: Nutrition Studio or Chef Dudash Nutrition

OR

Wellness: Paradise Valley Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College or University of Arizona

1
1
Didactic Practice
Orientation/Clinical Boot Camp 1.5 1.5
WIC Work
Working during the internship at the local agency where the intern is employed 13 13

 

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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.

 

Auto Insurance
Variable
Gas (@~40 miles per work day)
$150 - $300/month (estimate)
Vehicle Emissions Inspection Fee
$15
Housing/Rent, 1-bedroom apartment
$650 - 750 per month (variable)
Hotel in Wickenburg (if Rosewood rotation is scheduled)
$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 (AND) Student Membership Dues
$50
Local District Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (e.g., C-AZAND, S-AZAND)
Student Membership Dues
$15
ServSafe
Variable
CPR Certification
$45
Fingerprint Clearance Card
$69
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

 

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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 by 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

  • Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

  • Student Membership in a local distric of the Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (e.g., C-AZAND, S-AZAND)

  • 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 (within 30 days prior to starting hospital clinical inpatient rotation)

  • 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 1436
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone:

602.506.8322

 

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602.506.9330

 

Dietetic Internship Director:

Jennifer Hernandez, MS, RD

 

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