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Internship Application Instructions, DPD

This page is for current DPD students – The internship is completed after completion of the DPD curriculum.

An approved dietetic internship is completed as part of the requirements towards becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Upon satisfactory completion of the DPD curriculum, students earn a verification statement from the SDSU DPD Director.  The verification statement is needed to apply for the internship.

Directions for Internships Participating in Centralized Application System (DICAS)

Most dietetic internship programs are now using the online centralized internship application (DICAS) for the computer matching system.

1) Access the DICAS Portal

  • The DICAS portal is available in early December, for the Spring match and in May for the Fall match.  The online application(s) must be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the due date.  The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for each reference. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. See ‘Asking for Recommendation Letters’ below.
  • When prompted, include the DPD Course List for DICAS (Choose the appropriate list below based on when you were accepted to the DPD program):
  • For help with the DICAS system, email

2) Mail Transcripts

  • Mail official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended:

DICAS Transcript Department PO Box 9118 Watertown, MA 02472

3) Register online with D&D Digital

  • Select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. central time on February 15.  There is a $55.00 computer matching fee.

Forms for Internships Not Participating in DICAS

Not all programs use the below forms.  Refer to the individual internship websites for procedures and forms unique to that program.

Asking for Recommendation Letters

Additional Resources






last updated: 3/13/2017