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Department of Human Nutrition

Dietetic Internship

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants should meet the following minimum standards (also see the application checklist and FAQ on this website):

  • Meet requirements and gain admission to the Winthrop University Graduate School for the fall semester in which the intership would start; application to the WU Graduate School requires submission of a set of original copies of GRE scores, an application fee, and transcripts separate from those submitted for the internship program; apply to the WU Graduate School no later than December 1. Applicants who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree at Winthrop may apply for admittance as non-degree-seeking. Only those interns who are degree-seeking are eligible for student-based financial aid.
  • Submission of the WU Application for the dietetic internship through DICAS between the first week of December and mid-February  (see DICAS portal for annual dates and registration fees)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement or an intent to complete statement obtained from the DPD Director. The DPD coursework must be completed no later than WU graduation the following May. The DPD verification statement is submitted through DICAS.

NOTE: Mrs. Christine Goodner is the DPD Director (803-323-4022) and Mrs. Stephanie Nielsen is the Internship Director at Winthrop University (803-323-4540)

  • Transcripts documenting completion of a B.S. or B.A. degree with an undergraduate grade point ratio > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (student must provide transcripts from all colleges and universities contributing to the GPA through DICAS) 
  • A copy of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results indicating a minimum GRE of 291 total on verbal and quantitative sections combined (do not need to re-submit if copy is already in the WU Graduate School record)
  • Three references (submitted through DICAS) from professionals, faculty and/or supervisors knowledgeable of the applicant's abilities and work ethic; there is no minimum requirement regarding typeo professional who may serve as a reference for the applicant although full-time faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition may not provide a reference for an applicant to the WU internship.
  • An interview on campus with the Winthrop University selection committee; interviews held in March for the WU internship are by invitation.
  • International students must provide verification of English language proficiency (see International Student Admissions (pdf - 250.85 KB) guidelines for details) and meet requirements for international students listed in the Winthrop University Graduate Catalog
  • Submission of the D & D Digital computer matching preferences and fee by the matching deadline: see Web site for deadline date of spring match
  • Recency of education course requirements: Internship applicants must be able to demonstrate successful completion of coursework in dietetics or advanced nutrition, and/or sufficient evidence of clinical practice within the five years prior to the starting date of the internship. Students who need to improve their knowledge and/or skills will be advised by the faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition as to which DPD-required courses should be successfully completed in order to meet eligibility requirements.