I found out some awesome news on Sunday! I was matched with a dietetic internship program!
I first began working in the field of nutrition 5 years ago and ever since then I have wanted to become a Registered Dietitian. To become an RD you must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree
- Complete an accredited dietetics program
- Complete a dietetic internship
- Pass the RD exam
The dietetic internship is where dietetic students get hands-on experience in all of the major fields of nutrition. It is 1200+ hours and includes rotations in clinical, community and food service settings.
The application process to be matched was very stressful for me because there were so many steps to getting my application submitted. I had to complete the DICAS application (which had many different components- transcripts, references, personal statements for each school, course work, work experience, volunteer experience, awards, etc.) and submit materials to each school I was applying to.
Then I had to register for matching. The way the matching process works is I had to rank all of my programs in the order in which I wanted to be accepted to them. The programs rank their applicants, and then the computer system matches applicants to programs based on the rankings.
I submitted my application materials in February and match day was April 7. Do you know how hard it was to wait 2 months to find out if I was matched anywhere? The match rate is < 50% and I was so nervous that I would not be accepted anywhere.
Applicants had until 5pm today to formally accept their position into their matched program. I talked to my program director yesterday to accept and should receive all of my internship program materials tomorrow. I’m so excited!