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Nutrition Department

Dietetic Internship Application Process

DICAS Application

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dietetic Internship is using the on-line centralized internship application, Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS), which may be accessed at or by calling 617-612-2855. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15. There is a fee to use DICAS, which is payable to DICAS. Applications become the property of the NIH Clinical Center. No application materials will be returned.

  • Personal Statement: An NIH Personal Statement unique to the NIH Dietetic Internship is required. INSTEAD of answering the questions within the DICAS "Personal Statement" section, please follow these directions for the NIH Personal Statement.

    Because the length limitation for the DICAS "Personal Statement" does not meet our needs, but DICAS requires something in the DICAS "Personal Statement" field, please create a "Personal Statement" within DICAS for the NIH Dietetic Internship. This "Personal Statement" should just be one sentence that indicates to see the NIH Personal Statement uploaded in the "Supplemental (Optional)" section within the "Internship Program Designations" section.

    Then, type your actual NIH Personal Statement as a separate document, following the specific directions below and not exceeding three single-spaced pages with font size no smaller than 11 point font.

    When you apply to the National Institutes of Health Dietetic Internship in the "Internship Program Designations" section, select the "Personal Statement" (with the sentence about seeing the supplemental section) AND upload the actual NIH Personal Statement in the "Supplemental (Optional)" section.

    The NIH Personal Statement should tell us how your experiences have prepared you to successfully complete a dietetic internship. The statement should address each of the following criteria and subcriteria. It should include detailed examples of accomplishments and contributions in the academic and work arena, and in community, group, and organizational activities.

    Self-Direction and Productivity
    Describe (include examples) how your accomplishments and contributions demonstrate your ability to:

    1. set goals for yourself
    2. work independently
    3. manage multiple responsibilities
    4. bring projects to closure

    Conceptual Skills
    Describe (include examples) how your accomplishments and contributions demonstrate your ability to:

    1. use effective oral communication skills
    2. use written communication skills
    3. apply theory or knowledge to practice

    Interpersonal Skills
    Describe (include examples) how your accomplishments and contributions demonstrate your ability to:

    1. demonstrate sensitivity or adaptation to a variety of people and situations
    2. participate in a team effort
    3. use constructive criticism for self-improvement

    Describe (include examples) how your accomplishments and contributions demonstrate your ability to:

    1. organize and motivate others to accomplish goals
    2. play a leadership role in academic, extracurricular, or community settings

    Please end the statement with a summation that delineates your professional and educational goals for the internship and following the internship, and describe how completing the NIH Dietetic Internship will help you achieve these goals.

  • References: When completing the DICAS application, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for three references. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line. The references should be persons best qualified to describe your professional strengths and talents, preferably two faculty references (preferably nutrition, dietetics, or research course faculty) and one volunteer or work supervisor reference.

  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be included in the DICAS application. Evaluations of foreign transcripts should be included, including a course by course translation and verifying what degree conferred by a US regionally-accredited college or university any foreign degrees are equivalent to.

    Send transcripts to:
    DICAS - Transcript Dept
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, MA 02472

  • GRE Test Scores: Scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) are considered if available, but are not required. For consideration of GRE scores, applicants should include their GRE test date and scores/percentiles within the DICAS application "Test" section. Applicants do not need to submit an official GRE score report with the application. Official GRE score reports will be requested from applicants separately if later determined necessary.

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D&D Digital Computer Matching

Applicants must also register online for computer matching with D&D Digital at and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15. There is a computer matching fee, payable to D&D Digital.

Remember: If the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is your first choice, please rank NIH first on your D&D Digital priority list. The NIH Dietetic Internship is listed as "National Institutes of Health Nutrition Department, Clinical Center" and the matching number is 404.

All applicants will be notified of their appointment match through D&D Digital.

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Selection Considerations

For selection considerations and interview information, please see the "Admission Requirements and Selection Considerations" section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dietetic Internship website.

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Applicants who receive a match to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dietetic Internship must call to accept or decline the match on Appointment Day. This call should be made to Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD, Program Director, NIH Dietetic Internship at (301) 451-5884. In addition, applicants must send a letter of acceptance or rejection to Merel Kozlosky within a week of Appointment Day.

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This page last updated on 05/25/2022

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