Dietetic Internship Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission Requirements:

The following admission requirements must be met prior to beginning the Dietetic Internship:

  1. GPA of 3.00 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Bachelor of Science Degree.
  3. Verification statement of DPD courses

Work experience in food service or health care is desirable, but not mandatory for admission.

Application Process:

The program is uses the online centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at; E-mail: Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  The fee to use DICAS is $45.00 for the first application submitted and $20.00 for each additional application.

Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement in 8,000 characters or less.  Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

    1.  Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession? 
    2.  What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career? 
    3.  What are your short-term and long-term goals? 
    4.  What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:  DICAS-Transcript Department, P.O. Box 9118, Watertown, MA  02472.

When completing the application form in DICAS, applicants MUST include the name and contact information (specifically as an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online by the two faculty members, one employer and by the recommender.

Applicants must also register online for computer matching at and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  There is a $50.00 computer matching fee with D&D digital. Prices will increase to $55.00 in fall 2016.

Any application materials submitted after the February 15 deadline will not be accepted.

Idaho State University Dietetic Internship will notify top ranked applicants for an interview during the month of March.  This interview will take place prior to Applicant Notification Day.

Students must notify the Dietetic Internship Program Director, Charlene Byington, MEd., RD, LD, at 208-282-3091 or if they accept/reject the computer match by 5:00 p.m. on Appointment Day of the program's time zone.

A non-refundable supplemental application fee of $50.00*. (Make check payable to: ISU Dietetic Programs). If you are applying to both the Pocatello and Meridian internships, you must pay two supplemental application fees for a total of $100.00. Fee payment must be postmarked by February 15.

Send POCATELLO Supplement Application Fee to:

Idaho State University
Char Byington, MEd., RD, LD
Dietetic Program
921 S. 8th Ave; STOP 8117
Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Send MERIDIAN/TREASURE VALLEY Supplemental Application Fee to:

Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD, LD
ISU-Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, Idaho 83642

*PLEASE NOTE: Those interns ACCEPTED to the program are required to submit a $1350 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT. The $1350 will be applied toward the class fee at the time of registration. (Please DO NOT send this deposit with your application!)



921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209