How many intern positions are available?
Lipscomb’s Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) is approved for 12 dietetic interns and up to 6 Individual Supervised Practice Pathway interns (ISPP's) to be matched to the program each year. The availability of ISPP opportunities varies from year to year and is determined during the summer following the Spring Match. ISPPs are only available to previous Lipscomb Dietetic Internship applicants who were invited to interview during the Spring Match and were ranked by the selection committee, yet did not match. The Program Director contacts potential ISPP applicants if and when an opportunity becomes available. Please note that neither the internship nor the ISPP offers a distance option.
What are the admission requirements?
Admission to the Lipscomb University Dietetic Internship Program is separate from admission to the University. Applying to the graduate school is not necessary as part of the Internship application process. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the internship program:
- Minimum DPD GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Verification Statement from an approved undergraduate or certificate program in dietetics
- Excellent reference/ recommendation with one from DPD Director
- Applicable Nutrition courses and GRE must have been completed within the past 5 years
- GRE cumulative scores equal to or greater than 800 (taken prior to Aug.1,2011) or 300 (taken after Aug. 1,2011).
How are interns selected for the program?
A selection committee evaluates internship applications on a competitive basis and determines the individuals to be interviewed. Nutrition related work experience is optimal, but all applications are evaluated based on individual DPD GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, references, and work and volunteer experiences. Interviews with an interview committee comprised of current program preceptors generally take place within the first two weeks of March and may be in person or by skype. Exceptions to the academic criteria may be made in compelling cases. Students are ultimately selected for the program through the computer matching process. Students applying to the program must contact D & D Digital Systems (https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/) to obtain materials regarding the matching process. Interns are asked to rank the institutions to which they apply in order of preference, while the DI ranks her preferred choices. D&D Digital matches students to programs based on both of these rankings.
The Lipscomb DI and ISPP programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition (ACEND) to offer 12 internship slots and 6 Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) positions. The 12 internship positions are filled during the Spring DICAS match, while the ISPP positions are only eligible to previously unmatched applicants to the Lipscomb Dietetic Internship and are not determined until the following summer months. The ISPP positions may or may not be filled each year, as they are dependent upon availability of hospital placement with Lipscomb’s affiliated hospitals. There is not currently a distance option for either the DI or ISPP. Once accepted into the Lipscomb DI, interns are expected to stay in communication with the director and complete some summer requirements, including background checks, drug screens, health forms, and assignments in preparation of Orientation in mid-August. Please refer to the Handbook for details about the structure, scheduling, travel, academic requirements and rotation expectations.