Dietetic Internship Admission Requirements and Completion

Admission Requirements and Completion

Dietetic Internship Admission Requirements and Completion

  • You Must Be Admitted To The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems: Dietetics Practice Emphasis Graduate Program at Southern Miss (Either regular or conditional admission) to be considered as a candidate for the Southern Miss Master’s Required Dietetic Internship (MS/DI). Admission to the graduate program may be granted pending receipt of final undergraduate transcript. Please apply for FALL TERM admission into the Dietetic Practice emphasis
  • A Verification Statement signed by the DPD Program Director.  If you have not yet completed your DPD, you must be able to submit a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree signed by the DPD Program Director, and submit the Verification Statement following completion of the program.
  • Minimum academic records for admission to the program are:
    • GPA of 2.75 on the last 65 undergraduate hours (graduate school requirement)
    • GPA of 3.00 on didactic coursework (dietetic internship requirement), and you must have a minimum GPA of 2.70 on required science prerequisites, with no grade lower than "C" in ANY of those courses.  The following courses are included but not limited to:
      General Chemistry (at least 1 semester)       
      Anatomy & Physiology (at least 1 semester)
      Organic Chemistry (1 semester) 
      Microbiology (1 semester)
      Biochemistry (1 semester)
    • Apply for preselect or computer matching. 
    • Participate in a virtual interview with Southern Miss Internship selection committee.

Application Steps and Deadlines for DI Application

Step 1: Apply to Graduate School for Fall Term Admission

  • Application to Graduate School Program 
  • Pay $60 Application Fee 
  • GRE Scores sent to graduate school
  • All college/university transcripts to graduate school (including fall grades)
  • All items must be received by the graduate school by 5 p.m. on January 3, 2019 for preselect and by February 15, 2019 for computer matching.

Step 2: Centralized Application: DICAS

  • The Dietetic Internship Program at The University of Southern Mississippi uses the online centralized internship application, referred to as DICAS. (The online application MUST be completed by 11:59 pm Central Time on January 3 for preselect or February 15 for computer matching.
  • The fee to DICAS is $45 for the 1st application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • On the DICAS application – applicants 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 profession of dietetics?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  • Official Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (including fall grades) should be sent to:

DICAS – Transcript Dept
PO Box 9118
Watertown, Ma  02472

  • When completing the application form, you 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.
  • When contacting your references, please indicate they need to comment on the following qualities in the letter:

(a) Knowledge in chosen field, analytical ability, ability to plan and conduct research, creativity, imagination, and intellectual ability
(b) Motivation, perseverance toward goals, ability to work independently and potential for success in career field
(c) Ability to express thoughts clearly in spoken and written English, ability to work with others and potential for
college teaching

  • Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.

Step 3: Supplemental Internship Application

  • Download the Preferred Location for Supervised Practice.  (1-page PDF). 
  • Complete the form and mail along with a $50 check made payable to the Dietetic Internship Program at Southern Miss. This fee is non-refundable.
  • The form and the application fee must be mailed to:

Roxanne Kingston, MS, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
School of Kinesiology & Nutrition
118 College Drive #5142 
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

  • Postmarked date on the Supplemental Application Form must be on or before January 3, 2019 for preselect or February 15, 2019 for computer matching.

Pre-Select and Computer Matching

Preselect Option
Up to eight (8) of the twenty (20) Southern Miss Dietetic Internship positions may be filled by the Preselect Option rather than Computer Matching.  There are two ways to qualify for preselect:

  • A student must have completed at least six (6) hours of graduate classes and be currently enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi in a curriculum designed to lead to a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Systems,
  • Or a student planning to complete the Southern Miss DPD and will receive a verification statement from Southern Miss.

Step 4: Computer Matching
Applicants who do not participate in or qualify for preselect MUST participate in computer matching.  There is a $55.00 charge for computer matching that is due on February 15 with the applicant's prioritized ranking. 

Computer Match Code:

The University of Southern Mississippi- MS/DI (789)

D&D Digital Systems
304 Main Street, Suite 301
Ames, Iowa 50010-6148

Applicants will be advised of computer match/no match from D & D Digital.  After the computer match applicant must notified the Southern Miss Dietetic Internship Director of his/her acceptance of the computer match. He/she will receive a letter of appointment from the Internship Director.

Costs and Financial Aid


Please refer to Business Services for current tuition rates and other possible student expenses.

Course Fees (RD exam review session, course resources, rotations guides)







Housing and TransportationInterns are responsible for all housing, transportation, insurance (health and automobile) and professional dress expenses.

Background Check/drug screening


$100 (for Dietetic Internship) Separate check/screening needed for some facilities (Cost will vary)

Professional Meetings** 


The Food and Nutrition Conference & Exhibition (FNCE) of the academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and  Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MS-AND) Annual Conference are required professional meetings with the intern covering all expenses including registration, hotel, & travel

Malpractice Insurance



AND Pin for graduation


 * Fees subject to Change without notice
** Registration, hotel, meals, & travel cost will vary

Financial Aid

Full-time graduate students are eligible for federally guaranteed student loans and other forms of financial assistance.  Those interested in such assistance should contact the Southern Miss Office of Financial Aid at 601-266-4774.

In addition, scholarships are offered through the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems.  Applications are available on the USM Foundation website.  Additional professional scholarships may be available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.  Information these ANDF scholarships can be found online. Students must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics be eligible to apply for Foundation scholarships.

Calendars and Schedules

Since interns must be admitted to graduate school as part of the admission process, they must follow the university’s academic calendar and graduate bulletin

Program Requirements

Graduate School Admission/Retention – Interns are responsible for assuring that they are admitted to graduate school.   All interns must have either regular or conditional admission to be ranked by this program. In addition, interns must meet all requirements during the internship to maintain graduate school admission throughout the internship.  Failure to maintain graduate school admission requirements will result in dismissal from the dietetic internship.

Interns will start their graduate course work in fall of year one. Courses will include NFS 662 (Community Health and Nutrition), NFS 664 (Seminar), NFS 703 (Research Techniques for Nutrition and Food Systems), NFS 713 (Nutrition Education: Theory, Research, and Practice), NFS 810 (Food and Nutrition Public Policy) and Statistics.

In the second year, interns will be enrolled in NFS 630 (Food Systems Management) and NFS 640 (Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy) to help prepare for supervised practice. Once the interns begin their supervised practice they must enroll in NFS 567L (Practicum in Dietetics). Interns will also continue their graduate coursework in NFS 774 (Management of Nutritional Services: A Behavioral Approach) and NFS 780 (Advanced Practice in Nutrition and Food Systems).  In addition, students will be enrolled in NFS 692 (Special Problems in Nutrition) where they will complete their research requirement for the degree. This is a total of 33 hours of graduate credit.  All courses required as part of the MS program in Nutrition & Food Systems are available online.  Interns cannot expect to take graduate classes in Jackson or on the Gulf Coast.  Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for the entire internship to receive a verification statement.

While all classes are offered online, the dietetic internship is not a distance program because of the supervised practice requirement. In addition, interns are not required to locate their own supervised practice sites or preceptors.