Minneapolis VA Healthcare System - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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Application Procedures

This program is using the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org in early December for the Spring Match; e-mail DICASinfo@Dicas.org. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time by the mid-February deadline set by ACEND. The DICAS application portal will close on February 15, 2021. The computer matching fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application and an additional $25 per subsequent application.

As part of the DICAS application process you will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less.  Please address the following questions in your personal statement:

  • Why are you specifically interested in the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dietetic Internship Program? What makes you a 'fit' for our program? Be specific. Sell yourself. Please do not send us a generic personal statement.
  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
  • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What are your strengths? What areas do you feel you need to improve in?

Important application notes:

  • If you are a veteran, please select that option on the DICAS application under personal information
  • When completing your work and volunteer history, please include everything even though you are also submitting a resume. This section of the application asks for more detail than your resume includes.
  • References may be from two professors (including the DPD director) and one work supervisor; however you may use alternate references with approval from the MVAHCS DI Director. Please call with questions.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Eligibility:
To meet the Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility requirements of CDR, dietetic interns will need to have a Master's degree as of January 1, 2024 to be eligible to sit for the RD exam. In preperation of this change, the Minneapolis VA internship program will gradually increase the number of positions for students with Masters degrees as follows;

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Students with a Masters degree will be ranked in at least 2 of the top 8 intern spots
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Students with a Masters degree will be ranked in at least 2 of the top 8 intern spots
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Students with a Masters degree will be ranked in at least 4 of the top 8 intern spots
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Students with a Masters degree will be ranked in at least 6 of the top 8 intern spots
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Only students with a Master's degree will be eligible to apply to the Minneapolis VA's dietetic internship program
  • Please note: The DPD verification statement remains a requirement for application.
  • Qualified Masters applicants will be contacted to interview via the flipgrid platform.


Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown MA 02472.

When completing the DICAS application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line.

Special Instructions for this internship:

  • Applicants MUST be a US citizen to apply for the MVAHCS DI
  • Males MUST have registered for selective service or be exempt to be eligible to apply to this program. If matched to our program, males will be requried to provide verification of their status through Selective Service Online Registration Search
  • A strict minimum GPA for application is 3.0 in cumulative overall GPA from the DPD granting institution, 3.0 DPD Science GPA, and 3.0 DPD Professional GPA
  • If your DPD requirements were completed greater than 5 years ago you must also provide a transcript which includes six or more recent credit hours from an Advanced Level Nutrition or Medical Nutrition therapy class and a Physiology class to meet our programs Recency of Education requirements.

Computer Matching Information:

Applicants to Dietetic Internships (DI) must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital Systems. The deadline date for the April 2020 computer match is February 15, 2021. There is a $55.00 charge for computer matching that is due with the applicant's registration.

MVAHCS DI is program code NO. 256

Students will be able to access the D&D Digital Systems Web site on match day to review their personal matching results. Students receiving a match must accept/reject the match no later than 5:00pm on that Appointment day.

D&D Digital Systems, Inc. contact information:

D&D Digital Systems, Inc.
304 Main Street, Suite 301
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-292-0490
Fax: 515-663-9427
E-Mail: dnd@netins.net

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dietetic Internship accepts 8 interns each year. We do not charge an application fee or tuition. You must be a United States Citizen to apply for this internship. Upon appointment to the internship, interns must submit proof of health insurance, immunization records and provide documentation of an employment physical examination by their personal health care provider. Drug testing is not done at this time for dietetic interns; however background checks and fingerprinting will be done prior to starting the internship and is paid for by the VA. Please feel free to call the Internship Director at (612) 467-2566 with any questions about the program. 

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