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Application Instructions

There are two tracks: the YNHH Dietetic Internship (for those who will have completed an MS and DPD prior to the start of the internship) and the YNHH Internship with concurrent Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition Program in affiliation with the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers SHP) for up to 5 interns. 

Separate applications are needed to Rutgers SHP and the YNHH internship (via DICAS) for those pursuing this track.

Fully completed applications are required by the Feb.15 deadline for both tracks (and also to Rutgers SHP if pursuing the MS/internship track). 

Admission requirements for Rutgers SHP:

  1. SHP application.
  2. Resume or CV.
  3. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 from Bachelor of Science (BS) and all prerequisites.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or academic advisors.
  5. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  6. BS degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university; international students must provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing (IELTS) scores and international transcript evaluation records.
  7. Verification statement from an ACEND didactic program in dietetics.
  8. Personal statement (up to 750 words) with short- and long-term career goals. See further details at Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with our Clinical Nutrition Masters Program ( Rutgers has a dedicated link for applicants to the YNHH DI/Rutgers track (do not apply to Rutgers via DICAS for this DI/Rutgers track).. Please go to: Overview | Graduate and Professional Admissions and "Create an Account" under Application Fast Links on the left panel. You will choose "Clinical Nutrition - Entry Level (MS) RBHS" as the program you're applying to.

GREs are not required to apply to YNHH dietetic internship or Rutgers SHP.

International applicants applying to either track will need to have an F1 Visa with optional practical training (OPT) which allows them to stay in the US through the end of the internship program in September of the following year if accepted into the program.
DICAS application instructions for both tracks:
  • Access the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) at The online application must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 15, 2023. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application and $25 for each additional application. Select the track for which you are applying.
  • Also using DICAS, please write a personal essay, answering the specific YNHH questions below, in the order listed, rather than the generic DICAS essay. Limit your essay to 1,000 words or two pages. Your essay will be evaluated on the basis of composition, clarity of thought, and ability to respond to the questions asked.

    • Describe your path to choosing dietetics and nutrition as a career
    • What factors played a role in you applying to YNHH’s DI?
    • Discuss some of your strongest qualities and give examples of how they have made you successful.
    • What are your areas of improvement and how have you worked on these?
    • How will a clinically focused internship support your career goals?
    • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
    • AND encourages inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) by striving to recognize, respect and include differences in ability, age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, and socioeconomic characteristics in the nutrition and dietetics profession. Can you give a personal example as to how your background or identity influences your nutrition habits? How you would assess and intervene to provide nutrition care to someone of a different background than your own?
    • What is one piece of information not included in your application that you’d like us to know?

  • Please fill out each section of the DICAS application completely. Do not assume that your resume will be reviewed for additional information if not included in your application.

  • Recommendations: When completing the application form, you must include the name and contact information with an email address for each reference. This will trigger an email request to your contacts to complete a reference form online. If you are submitting more than one application, you will need to use the same individuals as references for each application. Typically, your advisor/program director, another professor and an employer/coach/practicum supervisor are used as references.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since high school must be sent to:
    Transcript Department
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, MA 02472
    DICAS accepts electronic transcripts. For more details, visit the DICAS portal.

    You will need to send separate original transcripts to Rutgers SHP if you are applying to the MS/YNHH internship track.

    Please note that international applicants must obtain an official evaluation of their transcripts by a recognized transcript evaluation agency such as World Education Services (WES) or similar transcript evaluation service unless applicants have a degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. International applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS and achieve a minimum score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS. 

  • A $50 non-refundable application fee must be submitted to the program postmarked by Feb. 15, 2023 for your application to be considered. Send a check or money order. Do not send cash. Make checks payable to the: YNHH Dietetic Internship. Our mailing address is:
    Dietetic Internship Program
    Department of Food & Nutrition, EPB 806
    Yale New Haven Hospital
    20 York Street
    New Haven, CT 06510
  • Interviews:

    YNHH Internship track: We will schedule a face-to-face virtual interview with applicants in consideration for our D&D match list. Please ensure that your email address and phone number in DICAS are accurate in the event that we need to contact you to set up an appointment time.

    YNHH Internship/Rutgers MS track: Applicants in consideration will be scheduled for 2 separate  face-to-face virtual interviews with Rutgers and YNHH selection committees. The decision to rank applicants for matching via D&D Digital is made jointly by Rutgers and YNHH.
  • Applicants must register and enter their priority choices online on the D&D Digital website at Specify the track you are applying for. There is a $65 fee for the computer matching that is due with the prioritized ranking. Don't be intimidated by the perceived notion that because the medical center is affiliated with the Yale Medical School that it would be too competitive for you to get in. If we are your number one choice, be sure to indicate this on your priority list. Remember nothing ventured, nothing gained. Contact information for D&D Digital is:
    D&D Digital
    3100 S Riverside Dr
    P.O. Box 887
    Ames, Iowa 50010
    Phone: 515-292-0490
    Fax: 515-663-9427
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Register online at: and enter your contact information, dietetic internship preferences and pay the $55 fee with a credit card on or before 11:59 pm CST on Feb. 15, 2023.

  • Applicant notification day is April 2, 2023 at 6 pm CST via D&D Digital's website. Applicant appointment day is April 3, 2023. You must contact the program director with your acceptance by 6 pm ET on April 3, 2023. YNHH Internship Appointment Day contact information is:
    Lisa Mastroianni, MS, RD, CDN
    Director, Dietetic Internship
    Phone: 203-688-8822
    Fax: 203-688-2412
    Email: [email protected]
    Include contact phone number if faxing appointment acceptance. Confirmation of receipt of acceptance will be via phone or email. 

    Reminder: applicants for the Rutgers MS/YNHH internship track need to apply separately to Rutgers SHP by Feb. 15, 2023
    Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with our Clinical Nutrition Masters Program ( Rutgers has a dedicated link for applicants to the YNHH DI/Rutgers track (do not apply to Rutgers via DICAS for this DI/Rutgers track). Please go to: Overview | Graduate and Professional Admissions and "Create an Account" under Application Fast Links on the left panel. You will choose "Clinical Nutrition - Entry Level (MS) RBHS" as the program you're applying to.
  • Pre-Select Option: Students completing the Master of Science in Human Nutrition DPD Plus Partner Dietetic Internship track at Drexel University, will complete and submit an internal application, as instructed by their Drexel DPD Director. The Internship Selection Committee will rank applicants and submit the ranking to the Drexel DPD Director by a designated date in mid-January. Three internship slots at Yale New Haven Hospital Dietetic Internship are reserved for Drexel students applying in this manner, following the procedures and timelines below.

    Pre-Select Application Process
    1. Drexel will identify Partner Internships (including YNHH Dietetic Internship) to qualified students who are enrolled in their MS Plus Partner track during the fall semester of the program.
    2. The applicants will apply to Partner Internships per instructions by a December due date provided by the Drexel DPD Director.  Applications will include the following components: a) transcripts, b) resume, c) personal statement, and d) 2 recommendations.  These applications will not be submitted through DICAS.  All application documents should be submitted directly to the Drexel DPD Director who will forward the application to the internships requested by the student.
    3. The Yale New Haven Hospital Dietetic Internship Selection Committee will review applications and submit ranking of the applicants to the Drexel DPD Director by a mid-January due date provided by the Drexel DPD Director.  Applicants will similarly submit ranking of internships to the Drexel DPD Director by the designated due date.
    4. Drexel will release the results of the matching process to Partner Internships and applicants in mid-January, and matched applicants will contact the Partner Internship no later than Jan. 28 to accept the match. Drexel students who match to the YNHH Dietetic Internship must contact the program director by email or phone (203-688-8822) by Jan. 28 by 5 p.m. EST to accept the match.