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Application Information

Submitting an Application

Our dietetic internship program participates in DICAS (Dietetic Internship Central Application System). This requires that your application be submitted through the central application portal. The ACEND website provides additional information on the centralized application process. Please follow the DICAS instructions for submitting your application. The deadline for applications February 15 for the Spring Match. For the VCUHS Dietetic Internship, applicants have the option to apply to the August start date or the January start date, or both (ranked by preference using the Computer Matching process). Therefore, all 16 Dietetic Intern positions may be filled during the Spring Match cycle.  After the Spring Match, if positions are still available for the January start date, remaining openings will be announced on this website, and the program will participate in the Fall Match cycle to fill remaining openings. One class of eight begins in early August and graduates in late June, and one class of eight begins in mid-to-late January with a December graduation. For each of the two program start dates, six applicants are selected to complete the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) concentration and two are selected to complete the Food and Nutrition Management concentration. Please apply to one, and only one of these concentrations. Be sure to submit all required DICAS payments.

There is also a separate application fee for the program. Send a check or money order for $50 (no cash), payable to Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.  During the Spring Match, if you apply to both the August and January start dates, you still only need to submit one program application fee. This application fee is non-refundable. The application fee for our program must be postmarked by the DICAS application deadline.

Please send the application fee to:

Jana L Boston, PhD, R.D.,
Director, Dietetic Internship
Box 980294
403N. 13th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0294

Pre-Select Application Process

Students who are in the process of completing the Master of Science in Human Nutrition DPD Plus Partner Dietetic Internship track at Drexel University, should follow the procedures and timeline below:

  1. Drexel will identify Partner Internships (including VCUHS Dietetic Internship) to qualified students who are enrolled in their MS Plus Partner track during the fall semester of the program.
  2. The applicants will apply to Partner Internships per instructions and a December due date provided by the Drexel DPD Director. Applications will include the following components: a) transcripts, b) resume, c) personal statement, and d) recommendations. These applications will not be submitted through DICAS. All application documents should be submitted directly to the Drexel DPD Director who will forward the application to the internships requested by the student.
  3. The VCUHS Dietetic Internship Selection Committee will review applications and submit ranking of the applicants to the Drexel DPD Director by a mid-January due date provided by the Drexel DPD Director. Applicants will similarly submit ranking of internships to the Drexel DPD Director by the designated due date.
  4. Drexel will release the results of the matching process to Partner Internships and applicants in mid-January, and matched applicants will contact the Partner Internship no later than January 28 to accept the match.

A Complete Application Includes the Following

DICAS application submission, following DICAS guidelines should include:

  • Properly completed application form
  • Personal Statement
    • Answer all questions on DICAS form
    • In addition, indicate reasons for applying to this internship, and for the concentration you selected
  • Declaration of Intent to Complete or Verification Statement submitted by your DPD Director
  • Official transcript(s) of credit from ALL universities or colleges
  • Reference forms from three professionally qualified persons
    • Provide at least one reference from work experience (preferably dietetics related)
    • Provide at least one academic reference
    • Choose references that can speak to you current qualifications
  • DICAS application fee

Application fee submission (non-refundable)

  • $50 application fee (check or money order made payable to Virginia Commonwealth University Health System) mailed to Program Director.
  • Only one program fee is required if you are participating in the Spring Match and are applying to both start dates (August and January).

Important Reminders:

  • You should apply for one and only one concentration offered within the Dietetic Internship: MNT OR Food and Nutrition Mgt.
  • During the Spring Match cycle, you may elect to apply to one or both of the program start dates: August and/or January
  • All applicants submitting and application through DICAS must also participate in Computer Matching


Second Round Application Process

Students who participated in the first round Computer Match process should complete the following steps:

  • On the Thursday after "Notification Day" check https://www.dnddigital.com/ beginning at noon, EST to determine if the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Dietetic Internship is listed under "Programs With Openings".
  • Please check Admission Information to determine if you meet our basic admission criteria.
  • To apply, you must release your application to our program through DICAS (Dietetic Internship Central Application System).
  • We will begin reviewing applications as they are submitted beginning on the Thursday after "Notification Day" and will accept applicants on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
  • Successful candidates will be invited to fill an internship opening via the phone number or e-mail address supplied on their DICAS application.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the program director: Jana Boston, PhD, RD, jana.boston@vcuhealth.org

PLEASE NOTE: All application instructions above apply to students submitting their application through the centralized application process (DICAS). Students completing the Master of Science in Human Nutrition DPD Plus Partner Dietetic Internship track at Drexel University, will complete and submit an internal application, as instructed by their Drexel Program Director.

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