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


All materials from this checklist must be submitted through DICAS ( 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, 2017. If your degree was granted prior to August, 2012, 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.


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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 online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). Begin the application process at

  • 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 three required supplemental materials) to the application. The size limit for supplemental file upload in DICAS is 250 KB.


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 postmarked on or before February 15, made payable to Maricopa County, and sent to:


Jennifer Hernandez, MS, RDN
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Office of Community Health Innovation
4041 N. Central, Suite 1400
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


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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 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?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Deadline for online matching registration for computer matching is 11:59pm Central Time Wednesday 15, 2017. Applicants must register online at, 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 2, 2017
(Notification Day) Beginning 6:00 pm CDT, applicants will find their matching result on through Monday, April 3, 2017 (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 3, 2017
(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 3, 2017 to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Beginning at 12:00 pm CDT All Dietetic Internship Directors with openings may contact unmatched applicants who were originally on their prioritized list of applicants and offer an appointment. If contacted, appointments must be confirmed by 8:00 pm CDT, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.


Thursday, April 6, 2017
Beginning at 11:00 am CDT, names of Dietetic Internship programs that did not fill their class and authorized the release of their name will appear on In the event that the full time track has openings, application procedures and criteria for second-round matching will be the same as during the regular match process.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
In the event that the full time track has openings, applications for second-round selection are due at 12:00 pm CDT.


Sunday, April 9, 2017
In the event that the full time track has openings, invitations to participate in the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship will be made after 11:00 am CDT.


Matched applicants must telephone (602) 506-8322, fax (602) 506-9330 or e-mail ( the DI Program Director to confirm their acceptance or rejection of the match.


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What types of supervised practice 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 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. 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.


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What is the program schedule?

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


Internship rotations will typically be in Maricopa County. However, some travel is necessary. Cost 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
Public Health
Arizona Department of Health Services 2
Arizona Department of Education 1
Maricopa County Department of Public Health-Dietetic Internship Management 1
Maricopa County WIC 1
Maricopa County Department of Public Health-Office of Community Health Innovation


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


Cancer: Cancer Treatment Centers of America 1
Renal: Western Skies or Diversified Specialty Institute 1
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS 1
Eating Disorders: Rosewood or Empowerment Treatment & Counseling Center for Wellness 1
Food & Nutrition Management
School Food & Nutrition Management 7 7
Entrepreneurship: Nutrition Studio 1
Wellness: Paradise Valley Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College or University of Arizona


Enrichment Experience 2
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


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
Gas (@~40 miles per work day)
$150 - $200/month (estimate)
Vehicle Emissions Inspection Fee
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
Student or NDTR Professional Liability Insurance
Academy of Nutrition Dietetics (AND) Student Membership Dues
Central Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (C-AZAND) Student
Membership Dues
CPR Certification
Fingerprint Clearance Card
Health Insurance
Statement of good health
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Urine Drug Screen
Variable; check with health insurance plan
TB (PPD) skin test or chest x-ray
Variable; check with health insurance plan
MMR vaccination series
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Varicella vaccination series or positive immunity titer
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Hepatitis B series
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Tetanus shot
Variable; check with health insurance plan
Flu shot


*** Scholarship information is available through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics at: and by email at



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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 the Central Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (C-AZAND)

  • Student or NDTR Professional 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 negative TB (PPD) skin test or chest x-ray

  • Documentation of MMR vaccination series

  • Documentation of varicella vaccination series or positive varicella immunity titer

  • Documentation of hepatitis B vaccination series

  • 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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Dietetic Internship Director:

Jennifer Hernandez, MS, RDN


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