Dietetics Internship

The Dietetic Internship program at Life University is a highly competitive and sought after program.

Obtaining a dietetic internship position is a competitive process administered through a national program that matches the most motivated and qualified students with internship opportunities across the country. Life University admits 16 students annually to its Dietetic Internship Program. The Dietetic Internship at Life University is a nine-month (41 weeks/1640 hours of didactic (360 hours) and supervised practice experience (1200 hours) post baccalaureate program. The program provides interns with the necessary knowledge and skills to be eligible to sit for the national registration exam for dietitians and to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the field of dietetics. Up to 16 interns can be admitted to the program, which starts the first week of September and is completed by June of each year.

The Dietetic Internship Program at Life University has two options to select from, and they are as follows:

Non-Degree Option:

  • The prospective interns opting for this track will be eligible for financial aid, and the tuition is $6,500; however, the tuition may increase to $8,000 for 2013-2014.

Graduate Degree Option:

  • MS in Clinical Nutrition: The interns of the Life University Dietetic Internship Program have the opportunity to apply to the Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition and receive nine transfer credits from the Dietetic Internship Program toward completion of this degree.
  • MS in Sport Health Science: The interns of the Life University Dietetic Internship Program have the opportunity to apply to the Master’s Degree in Sports Health Science with a concentration in nutrition and receive 16 credits from the Dietetic Internship Program toward completion of this degree (12 credits: for completion of the Dietetic Internship Program and 4 credits: for completion of Independent Study).

Dietetics Internship Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of having completed a Bachelor of Science Degree prior to being admitted to the DIP. If you have graduated more than five years ago, you must take the following courses prior to the start of the Dietetic Internship Program at Life University:

  • NTR 306 Advanced Nutrition
  • NTR 309 Assessment, Interviewing and Counseling
  • NTR 311 Foodservice Operations
  • NTR 401 Nutrition Therapy I
  • NTR 402 Nutrition Therapy II
  • NTR 413 Nutrition Therapy III

Minimum Grade point average in regard to completion of the academic requirements.

  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Science GPA of 3.0
  • Nutrition GPA of 3.25

Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent issued by the Program Director of the school.

If you are sending a Declaration of Intent with your application, you must provide your Verification Statement before the internship starts. If the Verification Statement is dated prior to 1987, you must provide a Verification Statement indicating that you have completed current DPD requirements (dated after 1987). The program director’s signature must be in an ink color other than black to distinguish an original from a photocopy.


Dietetics Internship Application Process Before Matching Only

Each student must complete both steps of a two-step process. Applicants must create an account on each of two independent websites (different logins will be assigned for each website).

Step One

Prospective students will need to apply through the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).

Deadline: Students applying for the internship can go online to apply after December 8, 2013. The application must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CST on February 15, 2012.

Fees: There is a $40 fee to use DICAS for the first application and $20 for each additional application.

Personal Statement: Applicants will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less that answer the following questions:

Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:

DICAS – Transcript Dept.
P.O. Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472.

References: The application must include three references with their names and contact information — including email address. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form.

Step Two

Applicants must also register online at www.dnddigital.com for computer matching.

Deadline: This application must be made by 11:59 p.m. CST on February14, 2014.

Fees: There is a $50 fee for this service and applicants can pay with a credit card.
If you have questions regarding the computer matching process contact D&D Digital at 515.292.0490.

Step Three

Pay Application Fee to Life University.

In order to have your file processed, a $65 non-refundable application processing fee must be mailed to:
Life University Department of Nutrition
1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060

Selected applicants may be contacted by Life University for an interview in early March. Interviews are done in person or by phone.

Any questions regarding the application status, or confirmation of receipt of your paperwork, can be directed to:

Donna Plummer MS, RD, LD
Email: DPlummer@LIFE.edu
Phone: 770.426.2736

Dietetic Internship Program Handbook