Students have entered internships at accredited programs across the country, including Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Case Western in Cleveland, Fairview in Minneapolis, Penn State, The University of Iowa and even our own Dining Services right on campus.
If you applied and were accepted into the nutrition and dietetics program, you are eligible for an accredited dietetic internship. After successful completion of the dietetic internship, you can take your exam to become a registered dietitian.
Choose your favorites
Narrow down your preferred programs during the summer before your senior year. There are several resources to help you:
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ career section
- The "Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice," available outside Dr. Larson’s office.
- Supervised Practice program files, available through the department office. Not all programs send information.
- Attend the meetings on the application process with Dr. Larson. The most important one is on the Wednesday before the start of the academic year.
- Consider this list of questions about your goals for the program.
Gather your materials
Plan to have all application materials submitted by Jan. 15. The Career Center can help you prepare your resume and review your application. They can also set up mock interviews.
If any of your desired programs require the GRE, you should plan on taking the test.
You must submit a transcript for every college you’ve attended, including any high school courses that provided college credit. Order your pre-Concordia transcripts during the fall of your senior year. Order your Concordia transcript as soon as fall semester’s grades are available.
Each application needs a personal statement. This statement must be uploaded separately with each application.
- Talk about why you want to be a dietitian.
- Explain what makes you qualified to be a dietitian, including your education, experiences and leadership opportunities that Concordia has provided you.
- Describe why their program is your choice. It’s a two-way street – explain how both you and the program will benefit by your attending.
- Check, double check and triple check your spelling, grammar, punctuation and completion. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Ask your mentors to provide you a reference. Consider asking people who know you in different capacities. Aim for one person for nutrition or medical nutrition therapy, another from food science or food service, and an employer or coach.
References should be asked by Dec. 1, and the reference form will be sent to each reference to be completed online.
Fill out the application
All applications are submitted online through the DICAS portal. We highly recommend you draft your application with a paper copy so the electronic process goes smoothly.