Dietetic internships, grad schools, and dietetics seniors: matched again!
By Justine Karduck
May 7, 2018
 

Dietetics seniors from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition have done it again!  Nationally, an average of only 50% of dietetic students match with a dietetic internship, however, the UIUC class of 2018 achieved a match rate of 100%, meaning that every senior that applied for a dietetic internship or graduate school was matched with one or accepted. 

Graduating seniors will be spending the next 8-24 months completing their Dietetic Internships (DI) and master’s degrees.  The students have already completed their first steps to becoming Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at UIUC.  The DI is the second step in the process of becoming a RDN and requires a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship.  Many DIs are combined with master’s degrees including degree programs in dietetics, nutritional sciences, exercise science, public health, or business administration. Upon completion of the DI, a student must then pass the comprehensive CDR RDN Exam, which is the final step to becoming a RDN. 

The DI matching process takes place biannually in April.  Students prepare extensive application materials including a list of preferred DI sites. After the students submit, the DI sites evaluate the applicants and rank them. A computerized program then matches applicants to internships so that both parties have a choice in the outcome. The first round of match results is then released to students, and they are allowed 24 hours to either accept or decline the offer to the DI to which they are matched. If students chose to decline, that spot is open for the second round of matching.

The UIUC matched seniors will be spread all across the United States from as far north as University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, to far south at the University of North Florida and as far east as New York University.  Congratulations class of 2018; best of luck to you in your future careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.  You are one big step closer to becoming future RDNs, the true food and nutrition experts!

For more information about UIUC’s Didactic Program in Dietetics within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, please visit: https://fshn.illinois.edu/undergraduate/dietetics