To be considered for acceptance into Cleveland Clinic’s Dietetic Internship Program, candidates must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and present a Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent prior to admission into the internship. Overall grade point average must be at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).The policy of Cleveland Clinic’s Dietetic Internship is to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for admission into the program. Decisions concerning selection are all made upon the basis of the best qualified candidate without regard to color, race, religion, national origin, age, gender, handicapped status, ancestry, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.
Selection of interns will be based upon the following criteria:
- Knowledge: Overall and professional coursework; GPA ranking, recipient of college achievement scholarships, awards and honors.
- Work Experience: Paid or voluntary work experience in two of four areas; medical nutrition therapy, food service, community, or research. Positions are of high quality and with responsibility.
- Leadership and Self Motivation: Positions of leadership in extracurricular activities or work experiences; ability to set goals, take initiative, make decisions, use good judgment, and work independently. Previous and future goals are realistic and clearly identified.
- Management of Multiple Responsibilities: Coursework taken per semester/quarter in conjunction with work experience or family responsibilities; involvement with extracurricular activities; organizational skills, dependability, adaptability, and ability to handle stress.
- Communication Skills: Application packet presentation; letter of application; audio description; experience communicating with groups and individuals; empathy, self confidence.
Center for Human Nutrition Employees: NEW for 2012
Due to the shortage of dietetic internship slots nationally, the Center for Human Nutrition (CHN) has approved two options for current employees who would like to become Registered Dietitians. Interested employees must possess a four-year degree in nutrition/dietetics and hold a verification statement from an accredited institution. They must also have participated in the national match process and failed to receive a match in that process.
The two options for CHN employees are as follows:
1. Pre-Select Method: The Cleveland Clinic Dietetic Internship has been approved for the pre-select process by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Employees interested in pre-selecting the Cleveland Clinic Dietetic Internship must first notify the Program Manager, Dietetic Internship in writing. Potential pre-select applicants will then be evaluated by the Program Manager and by the CHN Leadership Committee for approval to participate in the pre-select process.
In the pre-select process, approved applicants will still complete the online application through DICAS and participate in the online spring match through D&D Digital. Pre-select applicants will list Cleveland Clinic as their number one choice for a dietetic internship program and are then selected and confirmed acceptance into the Cleveland Clinic Dietetic Internship Program before other applicants participating in the spring match. One CHN employee will be considered as a pre-select applicant each year.
2. The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP): The Cleveland Clinic Dietetic Internship has also been approved by ACEND for participation in an ISPP. The ISPP concept involves interns seeking out their own supervised practice sites, in accordance with an ACEND-approved curriculum, to meet competencies necessary to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam. ISPP applicants are also provided with the opportunity to use assessment of prior learning and competence (APLC) to evaluate ACEND competencies that may have already been met through past work experience.
The Program Manager, Dietetic Internship, and the CHN Leadership Committee will select one employee per year to complete an ISPP within the Center for Human Nutrition. All interested persons must inform the Program Manager in writing for consideration.
For additional information on either option, please contact Lauren Melnick, Program Manager, Dietetic Internship, at email@example.com.
International students wishing to apply must follow procedures set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for international students. Please refer to the ACEND website, and their "International Fact Sheet" for additional information.