You’re here because you want to know how I Survived the Dietetic Internship Application Process, huh? Truth be told, I have no idea how I did, but I came up with a nice post about everything I did to get matched to my first choice dietetic internship. But first…….
I AM OFFICIALLY A DIETETIC INTERN!!! I was matched with my number one choice, Sodexo!
About the application process:
Alright, so you all know that I have been in an intensive Dietetic Program (DPD) for the past two years getting my (second) BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. This past December, the application process began to start applying to dietetic internships. Once you complete your DPD, in order to continue on the path of becoming an RD, you must complete an accredited dietetic internship.
This process is extremely stressful. You have to have experience, volunteer hours, do extra curricular’s, have a job and maintain a decent GPA. Ohh and you can’t forget to take care of yourself, eat, shower, maybe a workout in between all of that. This application is meant to show off EVERYTHING you have done to make yourself the perfect candidate for ONE program in the United States. That’s right if you get matched, it’s only to ONE program.
If you are going to be applying for a dietetic internship, you should seriously look into All Access Internships packages. This is not a sponsored post, but I can honestly say that my coach is probably the main reason I was matched to my first choice internship. Internships are extremely competitive…less than 50% of applicants get matched each year. LESS THAN HALF. As you can probably guess, I felt very unprepared and unqualified going into this process. I purchased one of the packages that All Access Internships offered, I received a personal coach who helped me write personal statements, spruced up my resume, and made me sound really freakin’ amazing with everything I had done in the past. They also had 2 Facebook groups where you can ask any questions and someone will most likely help you. I am telling you, this service is totally worth every penny. I don’t think I could have matched this round without them.
Also a huge shout out to my friend Jackie who was in the middle of her internship and helped calm my nerves. She was an AMAZING helpful friend to me during this process.
How to get involved:
There are so many things you can do to get involved and build your resume at the same time. I became president of my school’s nutrition club. I was able to plan a ton of volunteer events and be involved in an amazing extracurricular.You can volunteer at soup kitchens on the weekends, I was lucky enough to be able to cook for the Ronald McDonald House, you can conduct research, become a meal buddy at your local hospital. Anything involving some aspect of nutrition is a good place to get experience in.
You can volunteer at soup kitchens on the weekends, I was lucky enough to be able to cook for the Ronald McDonald House, you can conduct research, become a meal buddy at your local hospital. Anything involving some aspect of nutrition is a good place to get experience in. Stay close to your professors because they might have some opportunities for you, too!
How to pick where you want to apply:
Money, money, money. This was difficult for me. Every application costs money and then each program can make you pay an additional fee for them to even look at your application. Then on top of that, you have to pay for the internship itself, insurance, books, etc. So price was a huge deciding factor for me
Another key thing for me was the distance to home. There are a bunch of programs in Manhatten, which is a 45-minute commute from me. I’m not the biggest fan of Manhatten to those programs were at the bottom of my list. There are 3 programs near where I live. I decided to only apply to those 3 programs because I really really didn’t want to commute into the city every day.
Everyone has their own checklist of what kind of program you are looking for. Just make sure you are looking at programs that fit your life and your needs.
Pressing the Submit button:
On January 20th, I pressed submit (about 2 weeks before the due date 1/31/17). One of the three programs I applied to emailed me the next day telling me I wasn’t chosen for an interview, which meant I wasn’t a candidate for their dietetic internship program…..well, this is when my heart fell out of my butt and I began to lose all confidence in myself. Now it’s just a waiting game…..
In the middle of class on March 7th, my phone began to ring and it said the name of the hospital I that is my first choice….this could mean 2 things: 1. Someone in my family is in the hospital (scary) 2. Someone from Sodexo is calling me for an interview. I immediately walked out of class and listened to the voice mail. THEY WANTED TO INTERVIEW ME!!!!
Seriously this was the best day ever. My confidence levels shot up and I finally felt like I could actually do this.
I walked into the office 30 minutes early sweating my butt off. My fear was that I didn’t want to come off as a person who talks so highly of themselves, but I also wanted them to see how great of a candidate I was for this program. Can you feel the confliction going on in my head yet? LOL.
The director (the person interviewing me!!) said “I am so glad you came so early, I like that”..well, that made me feel good. The interview went on for an hour and a half. AN HOUR AND A HALF. How amazing is that? I think it went so well. We talked about my experiences, my story, why I wanted this as a career, where I want to go with it and my blog and so many more questions. It was probably the best interview I have ever had. Now it’s just a waiting game until match day.
April 2nd. The worst/ best day of my life. First of all, match day is on a Sunday at 6pm….they make you wait all day to hear whether you are moving on with your life or if you are stuck in the same spot for another year. I tried to keep myself distracted the whole day. My group of school friends all agreed earlier that day that we wouldn’t have any good or bad reactions in our group text, just state if and where you were matched. This way we could all know but not make it a huge deal if someone didn’t get matched.
5:30pm came and I went up to my room and sat on my bed and waited. B (the boyfriend), decided to put on the tv while I just sat there haha. He said I looked like a zombie just staring at the screen. Once the clock hit 6pm, I logged in and then threw my computer. All I saw was the word SODEXO and then freaked out. I cried, I yelled, I danced. My parents anxiously waited outside my bedroom to hear my reaction, they came in once they knew and we all celebrated. We went out to dinner and I got a nice, big burger.
This is it. I am officially on to the next chapter of my life. I accepted my position as a dietetic intern at Sodexo, my number 1 choice of internship.
My dietetic internship officially starts September 7th. I will keep you all updated on my rotations and my experience.
My tips for applying to a Dietetic Internship:
- Start early: Get as much volunteer experience as you can.
- Find a small internship with a dietitian in your town: they make great references and can really teach you what you need to know
- Try not to freak out: This process can be the death of some people. Just take a deep breath and do all that you can do to be the best candidate.
- Reread and reread again: make sure your spelling and grammar are on point. Have 5 new eyes read your application before you submit.
- Ask for help: Seriously hiring All Access Internships saved my life. As always I am here no matter what for questions on any part of this process
Keep checking for my Dietetic internship updates HERE