Master’s of Science/On-site Dietetic Internship (MS/DI)

We know there are so many programs to choose from and it’s a big decision – it can be scary. We can help you to be a successful entry-level RDN while gaining unique experiences in school nutrition and grantsmanship. We offer the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of community rotations through culinary medicine, social media/basic media training, and private practice. If you don’t choose Marshall it’s hard to get this experience on your own. Let us be the ones to help provide you valuable, unique learning opportunities.

Admission Standards

The following standards are used to make admission decisions:

  • Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics. Admitted interns are required to provide a Verification Statement and transcript showing final degree confirmation prior to beginning the internship.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred.
  • A personal statement of 1000 words or less.
  • Documented volunteer or paid work experience in foodservice and/or nutrition care is preferred.
  • Three letter of recommendation (completed through DICAS).
  • Completion of an online personal interview.
    • Applicants will be notified with instructions on how to complete this after their DICAS application is received.
  • For more information on international student requirements, visit http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/international-admission/.

If you do not meet all of the minimum or preferred requirements, but believe you would be a good candidate for Marshall’s Dietetic Internship, you are encouraged to apply.  All applications will be considered.


Vaccination, Laboratory Testing, & Certification Requirements

Please note that our internship rotation facilities require documentation of various vaccinations, laboratory testing, and certifications before beginning rotations. At this time, here are the requirements for the on-site internship:

  • Infant, child, and adult CPR certification for health care providers (through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association)
  • TB testing
  • Hepatitis A vaccination (2 dose series)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination (3 dose series)
  • Full vaccination records
  • MMR {rubeola (measles), mumps, rubella} (2 dose series)
  • Varicella (2 does series) or evidence of immunity
  • Evidence of immunity (titers) for varicella (chicken pox), rubeola (measles), mumps, rubella
  • Physical Exam
  • Tdap within last 10 years
  • Hepatitis C Antibody, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody testing (many require within 6 months of rotation so you may have to receive this testing twice)
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Flu vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccination
    • The facilities used for our on-site internship experiences require 2 vaccines at this time. With a continued rapid changing situation with COVID-19, boosters may be required for additional facilities in the future. If vaccination is required by a facility, interns will be expected to take the vaccine or risk not completing the rotation, which means the intern cannot complete internship requirements.

More information will be discussed after acceptance into the internship, but if you have questions, please contact Dr. Mallory Mount (evans99@marshall.edu).


Application Procedure

DICAS

The Marshall University Dietetic Internship participates in the online Dietetics Inclusive Centralized Application Service (DICAS) process.

DICAS will be available October 4, 2022 for the Spring 2023 Match; more information may be found at http://portal.dicas.org/. The online application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on February 15, 2023.  In addition to a complete application, submission of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, letters of recommendation, and a verification or intent to complete statement must be included.  It is recommended that you begin the online application process well in advance of the February deadline to allow time for request, submission, and receipt of these items. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application and $25 for each additional application.

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS. More information on how to send transcripts can be found in the application. 

When completing the application, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference.  This will trigger an email message to that person requesting completion of the electronic reference form which will be sent directly to DICAS.  Marshall University requires three references, and prefers a minimum of two from Dietetics faculty.

As part of the centralized application, students will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less.  Questions to be addressed include:

  • 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?
  • Why are you interested in Marshall’s Dietetic Internship?

Matching with D&D Digital

Computer matching is a mandatory component of the application process.  To participate in matching, applicants should complete the online registration and select internship priority choices by 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on February 15, 2023. Please note this is in addition to DICAS.

Online registration is completed through D&D Digital at http://www.dnddigital.com/. There is a $65.00 fee for computer matching registration.  The applicant will find additional information regarding computer matching at the aforementioned website or by requesting information from the following:

D&D Digital, Inc.
304 Main Street, Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515.292.0490

Please note:  Marshall University has two Dietetic Internships.  One is onsite/Huntington, WV based and the other is a distance track.  Be careful when selecting the internship code to ensure you are prioritizing correctly.  The codes are as follows:

Onsite/Huntington-based DI:  489

Distance-track DI: 783


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for qualifying students.  After match day, if an applicant is admitted to the internship he or she will receive instructions regarding formal application to Marshall’s graduate school and for financial aid.


Assessment of Prior Learning & Experiences

Individuals with significant, relevant work experience may be eligible for Prior Assessed Learning credit (PAL). PAL is designed to grant internship credit in specific rotations of the internship based on the qualified applicant’s previous work experiences.

An intern must apply for PAL credit prior to first round match.  Requirements are as follows:

  • Utilizing the Learning Outcomes for Supervised Practice, identify the area (Medical Nutrition Therapy, Community, Foodservice Management, or School Nutrition) of which credit is sought and write a detailed description of how the respective competencies were met.
  • Examples of activities or projects must be described or included.
  • Verification by a supervisor or manager must be provided.
  • Submit the description and documentation by May 1 of the year acceptance into the internship is sought.
  • PAL will not be provided for undergraduate coursework, projects completed as part of undergraduate coursework, or volunteer experience.

Credit for hours and competencies will be determined on an individual basis by the dietetic internship faculty and interns will be notified of the decision by June 1. Regardless of prior experience, all interns are required to complete a minimum of 1000 supervised practice hours.

If you are planning to submit PAL information for review, please contact Mallory Mount (evans99@marshall.edu) for additional forms/information.


New Entry Level Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship at Marshall University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

Successful completion of the Marshall University Dietetic Internship (DI), and subsequent issuance of the DI Verification Statement, meets requirements set forth by the WV Board of Licensed Dietitians to apply for WV licensure. Please contact the West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians for more information. In addition, you can view additional licensure information and full licensure determination for our program here. Students who will be working in another state after completing their supervised practice program should contact their state licensure board or Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Affiliate for more information on licensure. For more information about state licensure requirements click here. More information regarding this will be provided to you upon admission to the University.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Additional Information

Questions pertaining to the Dietetic Internship should be directed to:

Mallory Mount, EdD, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND
Dietetic Internship Director
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-2507
evans99@marshall.edu