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Application Process and Dietetic Intern Selection

Applicants to the internship must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements prior to the start of the program.

The WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship participates in the Centralized Application Service Computer Matching Process. Please follow the instructions provided by DICAS when applying to our program.

In addition to the online DICAS application, applicants must submit the following materials with a postmark no later than February 15 to the internship director:


1. Supplemental Application Form

2. Application Fee:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required and must accompany the supplemental application.

  • Please make the check payable to West Virginia University Hospital.

All materials listed above should be completed and sent to:

WVU Medicine
Department of Nutrition Services
Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506-8016
Attn: Jill Johnston, MS, RD, LD Dietetic Internship Director

Note: Please verify with the prospective interns' checklist to help ensure you have all your materials ready for when you apply to the WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship.

Selection Process for Prospective Interns

The Dietetic Internship program follows the equal opportunity policy of WVU Medicine in its application, admission, and operational policies and procedures. Individuals applying to and/or accepted into the program will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, disability, or veteran status.

The Internship typically receives about 45-85 applications each year for the 8 positions. The program has an emphasis in Medical Nutrition Therapy therefore GPA in Nutrition and Science courses are weighed heavily in the selection process. The average GPA for the internship classes has been ~3.7. The applications are evaluated by a selection committee comprised of the program director, clinical dietitians at WVU Medicine, and current interns. The WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship program does not regularly give credit of prior learning toward program requirements due to the specific experiences and competencies offered at our program.

Appointment to the program will be based on the following areas:

  • Personal goals and expectations as identified in the letter of application

  • Evidence of scholastic performance--applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 with a 3.0 in food and nutrition courses and a 2.6 in science courses. Applicants with lower GPA's (specifically in sciences) have a more difficult time in our program.

  • Work or volunteer experience-preferably in a related field

  • Extracurricular activities and leadership positions

  • Scholastic honors

  • Letters of reference

  • Telephone interviews with the screening committee, which will be arranged by the Internship Director

West Virginia residents over the years have comprised anywhere from half to none of the selected class.

The internship receives application packets from all over the country.
We have had interns from California, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Georgia, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Florida among others.

Applicants receive notification from the D&D Digital Computer Matching Service of their acceptance to a program by the middle of April.

Background Checks/Medical Coverage

Once accepted into the program, interns are required to provide documentation of updated immunizations including TB, MMR and chicken pox (Varivax) vaccine or proof of chicken pox. Updated vaccines will be provided by employee health if not within acceptable date range. Interns are covered during the internship for on the job injury only under a hospital purchased policy (Mutual of Omaha). Payment/medical insurance for any other illness is the intern's responsibility.

Interns will be covered by WVU Medicine, Inc. self-insured trust fund for malpractice while in rotations.

Program completion requirements

POLICY

At the completion of the 41-week Dietetic Internship program, the Internship Director will consider all evaluations in verifying successful completion of the program.

PROCEDURE

  1.  For successful completion of the internship:

    1. Intern must have satisfactorily completed all rotations or repeat of rotations.

    2. Intern must have earned at least an 80% on all homework assignments, either initially or through repeat/additional work.

    3. Intern must have demonstrated satisfactory written and oral communication skills as well as an appropriate degree of professionalism throughout the program as evidenced by satisfactory unit experiences in the above areas, by evaluations of the Dietetic Internship Director in conjunction with informal observations throughout the internship

    4. Intern must have a score of 90% on the Clinical Case Study and satisfactory scores on Administrative Project.

    5. Intern must have made up any time missed in excess of the 3-day allotment for sick leave or 2 day interview leave.

    6. Intern must have demonstrated entry-level competence in the performance of Clinical Staff Relief near the end of the internship.

    7. Intern must complete all requirements of the dietetic internship program within 15 months of the enrollment date.

  2. If the above criteria are not met at any time during the program, the intern cannot graduate and therefore will lose eligibility for any further financial aid if applicable.

 Provided the above requirements are met, seven copies of the verification statement will be given to the intern at the graduation ceremony.