dietetic application

IMPORTANT NOTEThe University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal laws regarding the delivery of distance education. Please see the University’s State Authorization page for more information

At 12pm EDT on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, names of dietetic internship programs with openings will be announced at  IF the University of Delaware Dietetic Internship is listed as a program with openings, please follow the instructions below.

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To be considered for an opening, you must submit the following by as soon as possible:

Distance Option

Local Option 

1. Application Checklist: Distance Option-2nd Round

Application Checklist: Local Option


2. Preceptor agreements and resumes

  • Clinical rotation facility incl. acute care (REQUIRED)
  • Community rotation facility (PREFERRED)

DICAS application (

3. DICAS Application 



Acceptances will be offered on a rolling basis. The selection committee may request an online interview before making acceptance decisions.

To ensure receipt of the application materials in a timely manner, please e-mail ( the application checklist and completed preceptor agreement(s).

Please note:  If you are granted acceptance into the program, you must submit the University of Delaware Graduate Application within 3 days of acceptance.  The graduate application for the Dietetics and Nutrition Certificate Program can be accessed at  The $25 application fee can be paid by credit card when submitting the graduate application.  If paying by check, please follow the directions on the graduate application website.

  1. DICAS application

The program is using the on-line centralized internship application DICAS, which may be accessed at, e-mail The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2023. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.

When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each of their 3 references. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line. We recommend obtaining references from 2 faculty members and 1 work or volunteer supervisor. However, extensive work experience may warrant submission of 2 work references and 1 faculty reference. Please give careful consideration to the people you ask to write your recommendations. To give your application the best possible chance in a competitive environment, it is important that the people who furnish your references know you and can attest to your abilities and accomplishments.

Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
  • Discuss experiences that have helped you prepare for your career.
  • What are your short- and long-term goals?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  • What other information do you consider important for the selection decision?
  • The response to all 5 questions combined may not exceed 1,000 words (8,000 characters).

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

2. Computer matching with D & D Digital

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, 2023. There is a $65 computer matching fee. The University of Delaware Dietetic Internship certificate program computer matching numbers are listed below:

  • 223: Distance Track
  • 1005: Local track--New Castle County
  • 1006: Local track--Kent County
  • 1007: Local track--Sussex County

3. University of Delaware Graduate Application

In addition to submitting the DICAS application, all dietetic internship applicants will need to submit a University of Delaware Graduate Application and pay a supplemental fee of $25.00 (credit cards or checks accepted). Please do not mail the application fee to the dietetic internship program. Applicants do not need to upload recommendation letters as these will come from the DICAS application. Your DICAS personal statement can serve as the essay for this application as well. GRE scores are not required for application to this dietetic internship. Submission of an unofficial transcript is required for the Graduate Application. * Please select the Dietetics and Nutrition Certificate Program, not the MS in Human Nutrition or the Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetics Internship (MS/DI).

4. Supplemental materials:

The following materials can be scanned in and uploaded as supplemental materials as part of the DICAS application, or emailed directly to the dietetic internship director, Anja Leefeldt at by the application deadline.


Delaware Local Option

Distance Option

Application Checklist: Local Option

1.  Application Checklist: Distance Option


2.  Preceptor agreement

  • Clinical rotation facility (must include at least 9 weeks of acute care)
  • Community rotation facility

3.  Resumes:

  • Clinical rotation preceptor
  • Community rotation preceptor

  5. Interviews:

Internship faculty may request an interview either in person or via Zoom.  Applicants interviewed via Zoom must have access to a webcam and microphone.  Interview invitations will be sent via email on or about March 10.

(Available only to students in UD’s Nutrition and Dietetics major, MS in Human Nutrition, or PhD in Nutritional Sciences program)

The University of Delaware participates in the preselect option for students from the Didactic Program in Dietetics, MS of Science in Human Nutrition, or PhD in Nutritional Sciences program at the University of Delaware. Please note that if preselected, you are NOT eligible to participate in the computer matching process for the yearly match. Students will be notified by the program director regarding their status. The DI program director will provide the name and e-mail address of all students preselected for the 2024-2025 internship year to D&D Digital Systems, Inc. to ensure that they do not participate in the computer match. If you are NOT selected through the preselect process, you may reapply to this or any other dietetic internships through the computer matching process.

For application during the preselect round, follow the above procedure EXCEPT you do not need to register with D&D Digital.  The deadline for all application materials is January 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.