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Dietetic Internship Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the FIU Dietetic Internship. Please read this page carefully before submitting your application.

Before you apply

Before accessing the online FIU Dietetic Internship Application please gather the following documents. You will need to upload these materials as separate PDFs in the application:

Immunization Preliminary Instructions:
Before supervised practice begins, each student will need to provide documentation:

  1. Vaccinations, including varicella titer, PPD X 2, MMR, and tetanus vaccines.**
  2. Active adult CPR certification (only by American Heart Association).
  3. A 10-panel drug test (facilities may require additional drug testing at the time of placement).
  4. Covid 19 vaccine: If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting a COVID 19 vaccine. Many facilities are requiring students to have the vaccines. The DI cannot guarantee an in-person practicum rotation if you are not vaccinated.
    ** For FIU students who would like to inquire about their immunization please visit the registration holds page in Student Affairs or e-mail immune@fiu.edu.

Personal statement instructions

Provide a personal statement that includes the topics listed below for aspiring to become a Registered Dietitian and be selected for the FIU Dietetic Internship. This written statement will be evaluated for organization, content, individuality, spelling/grammar, connection to the profession of dietetics, and length/format. A maximum of two typed pages with 12 point font, 1.5 spacing, and 1” margins is required.

Career choice

Describe (include examples) how your attitudes, values, skills, and character demonstrate your ability to:

  • enter the dietetics’ profession
  • make the profession right for you

Self-direction and productivity

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

  • set goals for yourself
  • work independently
  • manage multiple responsibilities
  • bring projects to closure

Interpersonal skills

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

  • demonstrate sensitivity or adaptation to a variety of people and situations ➢ participate in a team effort
  • use constructive criticism for self-improvement

Leadership

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

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

Self-evaluation

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

  • self-evaluate
  • identify your strengths
  • identify areas where you need to improve

Internship choice

Indicate and explain your reasons for selecting the Dietetic Internship at Florida International University in relation to your professional goals.

Criteria for selection of students

Applications are due in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition by 5 pm on the assigned date must be submitted by the first day of the fall semester or the first day of the spring semester. Please refer to the University academic calendar for a specific date – no exceptions will be made.

The admission criteria are specified and weighted in the following point system.

Criteria Points (100 points total)

  • Science GPA

    3.00 – 3.33 ………………………………………… 5 points

    3.34 – 3.67 ……………………………………… 10 points

    3.68 – 4.00 ……………………………………… 15 points

  • Dietetics GPA

    3.00 – 3.33 ……………………………………… 15 points

    3.34 – 3.67 ……………………………………… 20 points

    3.68 – 4.00 ……………………………………… 25 points

  • Employment/Volunteer Activities

    Employment/Volunteer Activities……………………………………………………………10 points (maximum)

  • Professional Organization Involvement

    Professional Organization Involvement…………………………………………………….5 points (maximum)

  • Personal Statement

    Content, professionalism, clarity, grammar and spelling ………………………20 points (maximum)

  • Recommendation Forms

    Recommendation Forms ……………………………………………………………………….10 points (maximum)

  • Committee Evaluation

    Committee Evaluation………………………………………………………………………….. 15 points (maximum)

    Note: The DI Program Director, Program Coordinator or Admissions’ Committee members will NOT write letters of recommendation for students applying to the program.

Accessing the online application

This application should be completed in one sitting – you will not be able to relog in once you submit your application. Please note that only COMPLETE online applications will be considered by the committee.

Letters of recommendation

Select two individuals to complete the Recommendation Online Forms. At least one should be able to evaluate your knowledge of dietetics and nutrition. The recommender may choose to upload a personal letter but the Recommendation Form Rating Checklist must be completed. If the reference includes a letter, the letter MUST be on official letterhead stationery. These persons should be familiar with your academic ability and work performance and cannot be related to you. The DI Director or the DI Admissions Committee members will not write letters or recommendations. You must consider the “visibility rights” of the letter prior to sending the Recommendation Links below:

Visibility rights

Please select one of the following two options. After selecting the option below – send the corresponding recommendation form link to your recommender. Only references using the Recommendation Online Forms will be accepted by the committee. Please notes that all references must be completed by the application deadline.

  • I wish to have access to this letter and understand that under the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act of 1974, I have the right to read this form.
  • I wish this letter to be confidential and waive my access rights granted by the above laws.