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Admission Requirements and Recruitment

The NDI at SDSU consists of three plans of study tracks with a maximum of 15 interns selected each year.

  • Track 1:  Master’s degree seeking students who will complete required coursework and a critical review paper to meet graduate degree requirements + supervised practice hours for the dietetic internship. (degree seeking)
  • Track 2:  Master’s degree seeking students who will complete required coursework and a research thesis to meet graduate degree requirements + supervised practice hours for the dietetic internship. (degree seeking)
  • Track 3:  Individuals who already have a master’s degree who will complete supervised practice hours for the dietetic internship (non-degree seeking).

Up to 8 of the total 15 slots may be filled with individuals who meet preselect eligibility requirements and are accepted during the preselect process.  Qualified applicants will be considered to fill the 15 available slots, with a preference for degree seeking students in tracks 1 or 2.  Up to 3 individuals per year may be considered for Track 3.

The NDI program will consider students who have:

  • A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program and a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited college or university.  If a Declaration of Intent to complete an ACEND-accredited DPD program is provided during the application process, a DPD verification statement will be required before actually beginning the program.
  • Computer Matching Process GPA eligibility: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  • Preselect Process (only seniors in the SDS undergraduate DPD program are eligible for preselect): minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, minimum Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Professional GPA of 3.5 and a minimum Science GPA on a 4.0 system.
  • TOEFL (department requirements): 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 Internet-based; IELTS 6.0.  Only applicable for International students.
  • GRE: Required for applicants who did not graduate with a baccalaureate degree from SDSU. A minimum of 300 is preferred.
  • Completed a DICAS application by the due dates specified in this handbook.

Pre-Selection Process

The SDSU NDI has selected three applicants during the preselect process for 2017.  Twelve slots remain open for the 2017 spring match.

Up to 8 individuals may be selected during the preselect process for the SDSU NDI.  To be eligible for the preselect application process, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in the SDSU DPD Program with plans to complete by May of the spring cycle.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, minimum Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Professional GPA of 3.5 and a minimum Science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 system

Current SDSU graduate students who have a degree from the SDSU DPD program are not eligible to apply during the preselect process but are encouraged to apply during the computer matching process.

A complete and uploaded DICAS application will be required for the preselect process with inclusion of official transcripts of Fall grades by January 15th of each calendar year.  Notification of acceptance or rejection into the SDSU NDI for pre-select eligible applicants will occur by January 31. The number of pre-selected applicants that have been accepted into the SDSU NDI will be posted on the NDI website by February 1st of each calendar year. Interns accepted into the SDSU NDI program thru the pre-selection process must withdraw from DICAS and D&D Computer Match if they were registered.  The SDSU NDI Program Director is required to e-mail a list of all preselected applicants who have accepted the internship to D& D Digital on February 1 of each calendar year.  If an applicant is not pre-selected, they may apply again to the SDSU NDI through the usual computer matching process.

Computer Matching Process

Program slots not filled through the pre-selection process will be filled through participation in the computer matching process via the D&D Digital Systems Computer Matching Process ( and DICAS Central Application System (

 Deadlines will be in compliance with the spring internship match guidelines and all application materials will be submitted through the DICAS system. Additional deadlines and instructions regarding the Spring match can be viewed at:

The prospective intern applicant is responsible for any fees associated with the DICAS application.  DICAS fees are $45 to submit the first application to 1 program.

DICAS Application

  • Instructions for completing the DICAS application are also included on the above website and should be reviewed thoroughly by the applicant prior to submitting their application.  Preselect eligible DICAS applications are due by Jan. 15th of each calendar year and deadlines for the DICAS application for applicants participating in the computer matching process will be in compliance with the DICAS and D&D Spring Cycle Deadlines.
  • All items listed on the DICAS application checklist are required for the SDSU NDI.  (Personal Statement, Resume, References, Application Certification, Program Designations, Transcripts, DPD Course List Form and Applicant and Educational Information – contact, personal, background, colleges attended, coursework, DPD contact information, awards, experience & volunteer activities, tests).   The GRE however is not required for students who completed their undergraduate degree or graduate degree from SDSU.  The GRE is also not required for applicants who already have a graduate degree and are applying to the SDSU NDI for the track 3 option.  TOEFL tests are only required for international students.
  • In addition to the personal statement points suggested in DICAS, include the following in your personal statement:  Why does the SDSU NDI appeal to you and why do you think it could be a good fit to meet your goals?  Word limit is 1000 words or less.
  • Three references are required with at least one reference from faculty in the undergraduate DPD dietetics program and at least one reference from an employer or volunteer work supervisor. 
  • Incomplete DICAS application packets will not be considered.  All components of the DICAS application must be completed.  In the Awards, Experience and Volunteer Activities section, applicants are encouraged to be as thorough as possible.  If awards, etc. were not received, indicate none instead of leaving the section blank.
  • The SDSU NDI does not have a separate application or application fee for the preselect or computer matching process apart from the application and fees associated with DICAS and D&D as noted above.

Selection Process

The SDSU NDI selection committee which is comprised of the NDI Program Director, HNS faculty and preceptors from management, clinical and community will review applications, score on a 100-point scale and provide feedback for selection consideration.  Selection criteria evaluated include academic record, work and volunteer experiences, awards, scholarship, service, references and personal statement.

If selected into the SDSU NDI, admission is conditional and final approval will be dependent on the following:

  • A signed Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program if not already provided during the application process.
  • SDSU Graduate school acceptance.  All applicants will be required to complete the SDSU Graduate school application found at:
  • Criminal background check. The background check will be completed by Verified Credentials.  The NDI Program Director will provide specific instructions and a program code for completing the background check.

Please see the SDSU NDI Handbook for additional information: 

SDSU Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Handbook 2017-2018


The SDSU NDI has finalized their 2017 intern selections and proudly welcomes the following:

Myranda Dunmire (SDSU), Paige Pappadackis (SDSU), Samantha Kratovil (SDSU), Bailey Larson (UNL), Abbey Nielsen (SDSU), Kim Wong (Southern ILL University), Keith Thompson (SDSU), Lezlie Pommer (SDSU), Karley Konkol (SDSU), Kaitlyn Kimmel (SDSU), Shelby Rachel (St. Catherines, MN), Gabby Norwicki (University New Haven, CT), Amy Hommes (University MN, Twin Cities), Alyssa Kauffman (Bluffton University, OH), Makenna Meier (University Northern Colorado).

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