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Application and Selection

Application Eligibility Requirements:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree before the start of the program.
  • Earn a verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) before the start of the program.
  • If the DPD verification statement was issued more than five years prior to the internship start date, the application must demonstrate that additional coursework meets the internship’s Recency of Education Policy.
  • Earn a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in DPD coursework
  • Have paid or unpaid work experience in a food and/or nutrition practice setting.

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway applicants: the application and selection process for ISPP interns has different guidelines which are located in the ISPP policy.

Application Processes:

There are two separate application processes based on an applicant’s candidacy:

  • Candidates who plan to participate in the computer match
  • Candidates wishing to commit to our program through the pre-select option in advance of the computer match

Applicants wishing to participate in the pre-select option must meet at least one of these two eligibility criteria:

  1. Have a DPD verification statement from Virginia Tech (or receive one before the internship start date)
  2. Have an interest in completing supervised practice experiences geographically distanced from our two central program locations of Blacksburg and Northern Virginia:

Expected locations for geographically based pre-select applicants include the following:

  • Locations affiliated with Northern Virginia:
    • Martinsburg, WV
    • Winchester, VA
  • Locations affiliated with Blacksburg:
    • Abingdon, VA 
    • Danville, VA

Other locations may be considered at the applicant’s request and based on the availability of supervised practice opportunities in that area.

All supervised practice experiences in specific locations are subject to availability. The program director will make significant effort to identify replacement opportunities if the availability of a specific site changes after an applicant accepts an offer of admission based on location.

Applicants selected to participate in the internship in these geographically distanced locations must attend the program’s in-person classes in either Blacksburg or Falls Church, VA approximately twice per month.

  1. Complete and submit the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) online application, which is available in early December. When applying, select one Virginia Tech program location (Blacksburg or Northern Virginia); applications submitted to both program locations may not be considered.


    Include three professional references. At least one must be a work or volunteer supervisor and one must be a faculty member familiar with your academic performance. Your third reference may be another supervisor, faculty member, or other professional contact of your choice. Select references that know you well enough to discuss your academic and professional strengths. You are encouraged to select references who know you in various contexts or from different settings or jobs.

    As part of your DICAS submission, include a Virginia Tech program-specific personal statement that does not exceed 1000 words. It must address the following six questions, five of which are the standard DICAS questions:

    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • Discuss experiences that have helped prepare you for your career.
    • What are your short- and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What other information do you consider important for the selection decision?
    • Why are you interested in the Virginia Tech Internship Program, and specifically the location to which you have applied?

  3. Pay the Virginia Tech Internship Program application fee of $50. You must create an account to do so.

  5. Register for the computer matching system managed by D&D Digital Systems. Virginia Tech has two match numbers; select 265 for the Northern Virginia location or 488 for the Blacksburg location. If you do not select the match number that corresponds to the location you have designated in your application, your application cannot be considered.
  1. Complete and submit the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) online application, which is available in early December. Follow the instructions listed above in Option 1, Step 1 regarding references and personal statements. DICAS applications for consideration in the pre-select process must be submitted by January 15.

  2. Upload the Virginia Tech Internship Supplementary Form for Pre-Select Applicants to provide information about your pre-select eligibility (Virginia Tech DPD, geographic-based, or both). Candidates interested in geographic-based eligibility are strongly encouraged to discuss their location preferences with the director prior to submitting an application.

  3. Pay the Virginia Tech Internship Program application fee of $50. You must create an account to do so.

Candidates who apply through the pre-select option do not need to register for the computer matching system managed by D&D Digital Systems. Candidates who are not accepted during the pre-select process may choose to apply to Virginia Tech and/or other supervised practice programs through the traditional application process (option 1 above). In this case, candidates must register for the D&D Digital Systems computer match by February 15.

Selection Process:

All Applicants (Pre-Select and Applicants Participating in Computer Match):

  • The two program locations have separate selection committees composed of faculty members and preceptors.
  • Interviews are not conducted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a virtual open house to meet the director and current interns. Applicants who are unable to attend an open house should contact one of the directors to introduce themselves.
  • The most qualified applicants have strong references and academic performance, considerable work and/or volunteer experience in at least one food or nutrition practice setting, and professional goals that are compatible with the Virginia Tech internship design.

Pre-Select Applicants:

  • Pre-select applicants are notified of their acceptance or nonacceptance by January 28. They will be contacted at the email address indicated on their application.
  • Applicants who are offered admission through the pre-select process must accept their position by emailing the Virginia Tech Internship Program Director by January 31 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The program will notify D&D Digital Systems of your acceptance in advance of the computer match.
  • Applicants who are not offered admission through the pre-select process are encouraged to register for the computer match through D&D Digital Systems by February 15. Refer to Option 1 in the application steps above for details on how to apply through the computer match.

Applicants Participating in the Computer Match:

  • Applicants are notified of the results of the computer match on D&D Digital’s website (using a personal login and password) according to the computer matching timeline.
  • Applicants who are matched with Virginia Tech must confirm acceptance of their position in writing by emailing the Virginia Tech Program Director by the deadline noted on the computer matching timeline.