Nutrition and Food Science

Dietetic Internship Application Process

The only way to be eligible to take the RD exam is to successfully be accepted into and complete a Dietetic Internship (DI), which is also called a Supervised Practice.

The dietetic internship (DI) is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program. An ACEND-accredited DI is typically a full-time and non-paid commitment for the duration of six to twelve months. Upon completion of a DI, students are eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The selection process for DI applicants is very competitive. Students should plan ahead in order to build an effective career portfolio during their undergraduate experience. To meet the minimum eligibility requirements for a DI, individuals must complete the ACEND-accredited DPD coursework and earn their bachelor's degree.

In addition, strong applicants usually have a grade point average at or above 3.2; paid and volunteer work experiences in dietetics; demonstrated effective leadership, professional, and communication skills; shown commitment to community service and the practice of dietetics; and received strong recommendations from faculty and employers. The student must have met the minimum requirements and obtained a Verification Statement by the time the DI begins.

There are two application times each year. For programs beginning in January-February, applications are to be completed in September. For programs beginning in July-September, applications will be completed in February. Applying to programs that complement your qualifications and skills will increase your chances of being accepted to a DI. DPD students are encouraged to apply to a DI anywhere in the nation. They are advised to find a DI that fits their financial, academic and geographic needs.

To better assist students, the DPD program at Cal Poly Pomona provides information workshops twice a year to discuss the DI application and decision-making processes. The department also offers a one-unit course every fall (NTR 4310 – Dietetic Internship Exploration) to provide students with the information needed to successfully pursue a DI. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet individually with the DPD program director and faculty to help them assess their potential to obtain a DI.

Dietetic Internship (DI) Availability

Please see the Availability of DI Positions summary

The data on Cal Poly Pomona's DPD student success rate of acceptance into the DI, as well as the pass rate on the RD exam, is available upon request from the DPD director.

How to apply for a Dietetic Internship

Almost all dietetic internships will be using the online dietetic internship centralized application process (DICAS) in addition to specific requirements for each dietetic internship. Please refer to the dietetic internship’s website for any additional instructions regarding the application

For DICAS instructional video, visit DICAS Application Overview.

Most dietetic internships participate in the computer match, applicants would need to register and submit all the internship program they plan to apply to D&D Digital by February 15 for the April match and September 15 for the Fall match at 11:59 p.m. central time.

For questions about the centralized application, please contact DICAS customer support at 617-612-2855 or

For assistance with computer matching, please contact D&D Digital customer support at 515-292-0490 or


DICAS/Supervised Practice Application Resources

DPD Course Lists

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2022-23

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2021-22

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2020-21

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2019-20

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2018-19

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2017-18

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2016-17

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2015-16

CPP DPD Course List Form for 2014-15

Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) Workshop

Department of Nutrition and Food Science faculty held a workshop on the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System. Here are the materials from that workshop, which was held on Zoom and recorded:


Links to Application Resources

  1. ACEND accredited programs directory
  2. ACEND How to Apply to Dietetic Internships
  3. DI Application Checklist
  4. DICAS Virtual Tour
  5. 7 Ways to be an Awesome Dietetics Student
  6. ACEND DICAS Overview Video
  7. ACEND About DnD Digital Video
  8. Link to Matching Calendar
  9. Personal Statement Checklist

Program Graduates

Students who successfully complete the DPD coursework at Cal Poly, and have earned a bachelor's degree, are eligible to take the DTR examination. If you're interested in becoming a Registered Dietetic Technician, see below.

DTR Exam process:

  1. Please order and have a set of Official Transcripts* emailed to OR a sealed official transcript mailed directly from the Cal Poly Registrar's Office to my address listed below.

*Note: The date that your BS degree was conferred must appear at the top of the first page of the Official Transcripts.

Emily Kiresich, PhD, RD
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

  1. Pay the $25 nonrefundable DTR exam processing fee via E-Market
  2. Upon receipt of the transcript and the payment, I will email you to schedule an appointment to complete the additional required paperwork via Zoom