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Dietetic Internship Program

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the VA Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Internship Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) Dietetic Internship (DI) combined programs must meet requirements for both the internship program and the university of their choice. While the VAGLAHS DI does not have a GPA requirement, the university graduate programs may require a minimum GPA for admission.  

VAGLA DI Program Admission Requirements

The VAGLAHS DI Program is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified persons for employment and for any educational programs. There is no discrimination with regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap or national origin. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission into the VAGLAHS DI program:

  • Complete a miniumimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college.
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement issued by mid-June (internship start date) and within 4 years of application deadline.* Applicants to the non-degree track must also have a Master's degree by mid-June; extensions may be considered if intern will earn their Master's degree by June 2024.
  • United States Citizenship by the application deadline. The program may consider non-US Citizens ad hoc, however may give preference to applicants who are citizens based on VHA requirements. If accepted into the program, non-US Citizens will not be eligible to receive the stipend and will be considered "without compensation" (WOC) interns. 
  • Federal law requires that most people assigned a male gender at birth who lived in the US between the ages of 18 and 26 register with the Selective Service System. People required to register but who failed to do so by their 26th birthday, are barred from any position in any Executive Agency. Visit to register, print proof of registration or apply for a Status Information Letter.
  • Satisfactory background check (performed by VAGLAHS).**
  • Satisfactor physical examination (at the applicants expense) prior to reporting for duty. This includes COVID-19 and other vaccinations or appropriate medical or religious exemptions.**

*If the DPD verification statement was issued more than 4 years before the application deadline, applicants must submit the recent work experience and education form with their DICAS application.
**Should the background check or physical examination be unsatisfactory, no part of the expense involved in reporting or returning home can be borne by the Federal Government.

The VAGLAHS DI program values diversity and uses a holistic approach for intern selection. The criteria considered for internship selection are summarized below, and instructions for how to fill out the DICAS application in order to meet VAGLAHS DI selection criteria can be found below.

University Admission Requirements

Information about graduate program admission requirements can be found on the univeristy websites:

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Internship Application Instructions

In order to assure the most thorough review of your application and that all components of the application are complete, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application 2 to 4 weeks before the application deadline. Applicants for the non-degree and combined tracks must be submitted through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).

Dietitic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)

Following are instructions for applying to both the non-degree and combined master's tracks. However, the combined master's tracks have additional application steps to the university, which are also outlined below. The VAGLA DI program uses the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at DICAS Website. The on-line application must be completed for our program by February 15. Instructions for DICAS application components specific to the VA Selection Criteria are listed below. 

Personal Data: If you are a Veteran, please select that option on the DICAS application Personal Information section. Veterans receive preferential application scoring.

Educational History: Completion of a DPD program prior to the beginning of internship start date is required. The VAGLAHS DI will also consider other degrees and certifications earned when scoring application packets. It is recommended that applicants explain how their additional degrees and certifications prepared them to be successful in as a dietetic intern.

Experiences and Honors: ALL work, volunteer, and academic experiences and honors will be considered by the VAGLA DI program and should be listed on the DICAS application. The VAGLA DI program considers transferable skills from non-dietetics-related experience. It is recommended that the applicant provides detailed information about the skills required for the work, volunteer and academic experience listed in the application, emphasizing skills have prepared the applicant to be a well-rounded intern and future RDN.

Of note, VAGLAHS does not award supervised practice credit for prior learning experiences; interns complete all supervised practice hours regardless of past experience.

Personal Statement: A personal statement is no longer required. If it is submitted, it will not be considered for application scoring.

Pre-Interview Questions: Applicants will be asked to answer 8 pre-interview questions in DICAS.

Letters of Recommendation: The VAGLA DI requires only 3 letters of recommendation. It is recommended that at least one letter is written by a supervisor, and at least one letter is written by a professor from the applicant's DPD program.

D&D Digital

Applicants must also register online through D&D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $55.00 computer matching fee. 

Applicants applying to the non-degree dietetic internship program track should select code no. 424.
Applicants applying to the Combined MPH or MS dietetic internship program tracks should select code no. 307

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University Application Instructions

Applicants applying to a combined track must also apply to an approved university graduate program. Information regarding how to apply to approved graduate programs at UCLA, CSULB, and CSUN can be found below. 

Combined MPH Track

Information about the UCLA MPH program can be found here. When applying to the combined MPH DI program track, application materials must be sent through DICAS as outlined above AND to the university separately. Please note the deadline for submitting application materials to the university below and apply as follows: 

  • Applicants must complete the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission with School of Public Health supplement, and also complete an application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at
  • See for a summary of all documents required. 
  • Applicants must apply to the Department of Community and Health Sciences, and must put "Combined Internship - MPH Track Applicant" in the header of their statement of purpose.
  • Non-refundable University of California application fee of $120 and SOPHAS fee of $140.
  • Official GRE scores must be sent to UCLA by December 1. Please use the Institution and Department codes listed on the online graduate application when requesting that test scores be forwarded.

You must apply to UCLA separate from applying to the VAGLA DI. The deadline for the UCLA application is December 1. The deadline for submitting your dietetic internship application for the Combined MPH Program Track through DICAS is February 15. Notification of admission to the MPH program does not guarantee a match to the VA Greater Los Angeles Combined Internship - MPH Track. Any questions about the application process to UCLA can be directed to the Student Affairs Office at 310-825-5524.

Computer Matching for the combined MPH program track
Applicants must also register online for computer matching through D&D Digital and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $55.00 computer matching fee.  Applicants applying to the Combined MPH dietetic internship program track should select code no. 307.

Combined Internship - MS Optional Track

When applying to the Combined - MS Optional program track, application materials must be sent through DICAS as outlined above AND to the university separately. Please note the deadlines for submitting application materials to the university below.  Please indicate which university you are applying to in your DICAS personal statement when applying to the Combined Internship - MS Optional Track.

California State University, Long Beach

  • You must submit a Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Application, accompanied by the $70 nonrefundable application fee.
  • You must also submit official transcripts of all college coursework to Enrollment Services/Admissions, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840.
  • Check with the specific program for additional documents and requirements.  You can apply online by visiting
  • Students must concurrently submit applications to the University Admissions and Records office as above and to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Application instructions can be obtained from
  • The deadline for applications to the Combined program and CSULB Graduate MS Program is February 15.

California State University, Northridge

  • Applicants for graduate study must submit a graduate application along with all necessary official documents along with the $70 nonrefundable application fee.
  • The following website has application instructions: Complete the university application online by visiting
  • In order to be considered for the MS in Human Nutrition, students must apply to both the department and the university. Apply directly to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences through Applicants must meet university requirements and department requirements to be considered for acceptance. 
  • Applications must be received by the university and Deptartment of Family and Consumer Sciences by February 15. Of note, the CSUN website may show a different application deadline.
  • After being admitted by the university, your application is forwarded to the FCS Department where the Department Chair or area representative will determine if you meet the admission requirements. If you have been rejected by the university, the FCS Department will never receive your application.

Computer Matching for the combined MS Optional program track
Applicants must also register online for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $55.00 computer matching fee.  Applicants applying to the Combined MS - Optional dietetic internship program track should select code no. 307.

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Important Dates

All dates are subject to change. Please refer to UCLA, CSUN, CSULB, DICAS, and D&D websites to confirm dates. 

Dec 1, 2023 Feb 15, 2024 Feb-Mar 2024 Mar 2024
Deadline for submitting applications to UCLA MPH Program Deadline for submitting applications for CSUN/CSULB MS Programs.
Deadline for submitting application to DICAS.
Deadline for registering with D&D Digital.
Post-application surveys may to sent to applicants to obtain additional information.
Online or in-person interviews will be scheduled with top candidates
Deadline for online reordering on D&D Digital. No changes in ranking can be made after 11:59 Central Time.
April 2024 April 2024 Apr-Jun 2024 June 17, 2024
Notification Day - Matching results will be posted on D&D Digital at 6pm Central Time Matched applicants must contact the VAGLA DI Director Jillian Redgate to accept the  matched appointment: 
VAGLAHS DI Onboarding: paperwork, fingerprinting, and background checks First day of VAGLAHS DI Orientation