Memphis VA Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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Application Procedures 

The Catherine Austin Dietetic Internship at the Memphis VAMC is using the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be accessed at*; e-mail with questions. The last day to submit applications on DICAS is February 15. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.

Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:

  • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  • Why are you interested in this program?

Additional items for Application to the Catherine Austin Dietetic Internship: 

  • GRE scores, institution code 7537 or upload a copy of your score sheet into DICAS
  • For the spring 2021 match the GRE requirement will be waived

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

When completing the 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. 

Applicants must also register online at*, for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a fee for this service, please visit the D&D digital website for additional information.

The Catherine Austin Dietetic Internship at the Memphis VAMC Program Code is 146.


Requirements for the Memphis Dietetic Internship

  • The Memphis VAMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection of interns will be made without discrimination as to age, gender, race, color, religion, handicap or national origin.
  • Admissions criteria for the DI (must be completed and documented thirty (30) days PRIOR to the first day of the internship):
    1. United States citizen;
    2. Grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale for both the cumulative GPA and the nutrition/dietetics-specific classes. Under special circumstances the student's efforts of the last 60 hours of degreed program may be taken into special consideration to waive the cumulative GPA and only use the last 60 hours (if >3.25);
    3. Completion of an ACEND approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD); and minimum of bachelor's degree
    4. Mastery of the English language (reading, writing, speaking and comprehension)
    5. Students whose DPD verification statements are five (5) years or older are required to complete a minimum of 3 academic courses to 'refresh' their preparation for this program. Courses may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level from any accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's program in nutrition. One course must address principles of advanced nutrition therapy; one course must be in biochemistry or other biological study related to human metabolism and one course must be in research or statistical methods. Transcripts must reflect a minimum grade of "B" in each course.
    6. GRE Revised total score of 290 and minimum score of 3.0 on analytical writing (waived for 2021 spring match).  
  • The Dietetic Internship Director (DID) ensures admission procedures are applied equitably by his/her review of each application packet to determine eligibility and completeness. Ineligibles and incomplete packets will not be scored or included.  Each applicant packet is reviewed and scored by the DID and at least 2 preceptors. Candidates may be interviewed by phone to make final selection. The DID is responsible for processing the recommendations with D&D Digital and notifying the interns after matching is completed.
  • Applicant packets are retained for one year and thereafter shredded. No materials are returned or copied.

For a list of applicant responsibilities, a timeline and important deadlines involving the matching process, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

For details about computer matching, visit D&D Digital's website.* Program Code Number is 146 and can be found on the prioritized list of dietetic internship programs that you will submit to D&D Digital Systems.

Application Fees

There is no application fee for the dietetic internship program. 

Appointment Procedures

D&D Digital Systems will provide all applicants with their personal matching results via posting on* on notification day. Appointees are to contact the Dietetic Internship Director by phone (901-523-8990 ext 5683) to accept or reject the appointment. Appointees must accept or reject the appointment by 11:00AM Central Time, April 6, 2021, via phone FAX or email to confirm acceptance. The program is under no obligation to hold the opening for applicant who does not accept the appointment by the required date/time.

Appointees must be physically and mentally able to safely and efficiently perform the responsibilities of a dietetic intern. Appointees will be subject to background checks and will be given a physical examination at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility at no cost to intern prior to reporting for duty. The physical examination must be satisfactory in order to be accepted into the Dietetic Internship Program. Should the physical examination be unsatisfactory, no part of the expense involved in reporting or returning home can be borne by the Federal Government. The federal government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age or disability. If, after beginning the internship it is found that the intern failed to provide honest and/or accurate information regarding their application, interview, etc. they may be dismissed from the program with no further pay or action. At this time drug screening is not required.  As a part of your training program requirements you may be required to complete rotations at affiliation sites.  The program director will provide you with a list of specific requirements for each affiliate site which must be completed in order to train at that site (drug screening, vaccinations, background checks, etc).

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