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Texas State Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Open House on Sept. 30th

Learn about our Dietetic Internship!
•    Combined DI/Master of Science in Human Nutrition
•    Pre-select & DICAS application procedures
•    Pediatric and food security program concentrations
Speak with the DI Director, members of our MS faculty, and current interns.

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Family & Consumer Sciences Building, Rm 189
Parking available at Speck and LBJ garages.

2017 Interns

2017 Dietetic Interns


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  • The Texas State Dietetic Internship is a full-time 11 month experience beginning July 10, 2017 that combines 18 hours of graduate coursework and approximately 1,240 hours of supervised practice. No graduate degree is awarded, but 18 hours of coursework may be credited towards the MS in Human Nutrition. A separate application to the MS in Human Nutrition is required once you are accepted into the Dietetic Internship.

    The program is housed within the Nutrition and Foods Program of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. It is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800-877-1600.

  • The Texas State Dietetic Internship trains entry-level dietitians who provide high quality and current nutrition services to the public in the ever-evolving health care and nutrition and foods professional environments.
  • Supervised practice is divided into three components – Management/Business, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Community. Interns practice in facilities located between Austin and San Antonio, along the IH-35 corridor. Management experiences include state-of-the-art food service operations in Hays Independent School District, Methodist Healthcare System, and Seton Health System. Business experiences occur at the HEB Grocery (for sales, media relations, and product development/ promotion experience), Jan Tilley and Associates (private practice), and the Eating Recovery Center (treating of eating disorders)..  Clinical skills are developed at several hospitals in the Central Texas area, and include a rotation in a pediatric hospital, or NICU.  Community experiences are offered at state agencies, children's programs, outpatient pediatric programs, outpatient dialysis clinics, a food bank, and a long-term care facility. Unique rotations take place at the American Botanical Council, where interns learn about the therapeutic properties of herbs and at the Mother's Milk Bank, one of only 18 such facilities in the country.

    The internship has an emphasis in Child Nutrition. Supervised practice at a school district, a local WIC clinic, the state WIC office, children's feeding programs at Meals on Wheels and More and the San Antonio Food Bank, the Child Development Center at Texas State University, an Adolescent Eating Disorder Clinic, the Mother's Milk Bank, and Head Start of Hays County provide opportunities for interns to develop more specialized knowledge and skills in the identification and provision of nutritional services/care for infants, children, and adolescents. 

    Classes introduce interns to emerging fields of research and practice. Participation in community education programs and research projects expose the interns to actual community interventions, particularly with low income and minority populations.

    Students will complete the program in 43 weeks, beginning in the Summer II semester and finishing early June. Upon successful completion of the program, interns receive verification statements and are submitted to CDR for eligibility for the Registration Exam, which is required to become a Registered Dietitian.



    Summer II Semester (July 10th - Mid August)

      SPAN 5322 – Spanish for the Nutrition Professional
      NUTR 5360 – Practicum (Supervised Practice)

    Fall Semester (August – December)

      NUTR 5360 – Practicum (Supervised Practice)
      NUTR 5362 – Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

    Spring Semester (January - Early June)

      NUTR 5360 – Practicum (Supervised Practice)
      NUTR 5363 – Advanced Community Nutrition















    Sample Rotation Schedule

  • To be eligible for apply to the Texas State Dietetic Internship program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • 1 official transcript from each college or university attended
    • Verification Statement or Intent to Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (obtained from your DPD director)
    • Application to the Graduate College at Texas State as an MS student or for the graduate DI certificate program if you are not applying to the MS program (prepared and submitted after acceptance to the DI)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.25 for undergraduate degree (3.0 graduate GPA for students in the MS in Human Nutrition at Texas State)

    Post-Acceptance Requirements

    • Negative Tb test
    • Negative drug screening urinalysis
    • Criminal background check
    • Immunization for Hepatitis B, mumps, measles, and tetanus. Note: other immunizations may be required depending on rotation assignments
    • American Heart Association CPR certification (will be incorporated in internship orientation)
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership

    Program Completion Requirements

    • Attainment of entry-level performance (through completion of all supervised practice)
    • Completion of 18 hours of graduate coursework (18 can be applied to the MS in Human Nutrition)

    Application Procedure

    Instructions for Non-Texas State Applicants

    The Texas State Dietetic Internship program participates in the Spring Match every year. Students apply to the program through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). It is recommended that you watch the DICAS instructional video at

    All applications are made through the DICAS Applicant Portal at The portal will be open for Spring 2016 applications beginning on December 1, 2016.

    Calendar for the Spring 2017 Internship Computer Match
    Portal opens                                                            December 1, 2016
    DICAS Application Deadline                                    February 15, 2017
    Computer Match Form Deadline                              February 15, 2017
    Matching results (on D&D Digital website)              April 02, 2017
    Applicants must respond to match by                     April 03, 2017 at 6:00pm




    STEP ONE     Complete the centralized application using the DICAS Applicant Portal

    The centralized application includes the following components (subject to change):

    Create an account.

    Application Checklist (Make sure all the boxes marked with a red dot within the application are completed.)
    Contact Information.
    Personal and Background Information.
    Colleges Attended [Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and any other]. Note: Transcripts for all colleges must be submitted.
    Session and Coursework. All DPD courses must be entered and include at what college the course was taken, academic status when you took the course (freshman, etc.), the term, the year, and whether completed or planned in progress. Be sure to enter the course title exactly as it appears on your transcript. You will also enter the type of course, if it was repeated, the number of credits, the grade type and the grade earned. Additionally, you will enter whether the course is a DPD Science or DPD Professional course. Check your DPD program requirements to obtain this information. Texas State students should refer to their catalog coursesheet. These can be found at
    DPD Contact Information. You will provide contact information for your DPD Director. Ms. Karen Brasfield is the DPD Director at Texas State ( The DPD Director you indicate will be sent an email with directions about how to upload your Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete to DICAS. It is courteous to inform you DPD Director that you will be applying to DIs. Note: Applicants who submit a Declaration of Intent form and are accepted to an internship will be required to submit a Verification Statement prior to beginning the Internship.
    Awards, Experience, Volunteer Activities. You will complete information for each experience.
    Personal Statement. You may create and upload as many personal statements as you wish. Provide an identifying title for each Personal Statement. You will later select the statement to be included with an application to a particular internship as you complete the application process.
    Resume. Upload your resume as a PDF document.
    Three Letters of Reference. Two letters should be from academic references and one from a work or volunteer supervisor. You will identify your referees on the DICAS site. They will be sent an email with instructions to complete the reference form. Ask your referees to specifically address your qualifications for a supervised practice program and upload them to the DICAS portal.
    Application Certification. You certify your application and identity by entering your name and date.
    Program Designation. You identify the DIs to which you are applying and select the appropriate Personal Statement to be attached.
    Transcript from each college/university attended. An official transcript from each of the post-secondary schools that you have attended should be mailed to the DICAS central processing office (address below). Note: Applicants who are accepted will be required to provide a transcript showing degree completion prior to beginning the Internship.
    DICAS Transcript Department
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
    Note. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics centralized application system costs $45 for first program + $20 for each additional program to which the intern applies.

    STEP TWO. Send a $50.00 Texas State Dietetic Internship application fee to the Program Director.

    This application fee covers expenses incurred by Texas State personnel during the review of your application and also applies to the Graduate College admission fee. This fee is separate from any costs paid to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics using DICAS. If accepted to the DI, applicants will then be directed to apply to the Texas State Graduate College at You WILL NOT pay the $50 fee to the Graduate College. Your admission fee will be sent to the Graduate College by the Texas State DI Director.
    Make the $50 check payable to the Texas State Dietetic Internship.
    Mail to:
    Hannah Thornton, MS, RD, LD
    Director, Texas State Dietetic Internship
    School of Family and Consumer Sciences
    Texas State University
    601 University Drive
    San Marcos, TX 78666
    Note: The PROGRAM APPLICATION FEE must be POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 15, 2017. Applicants will receive a receipt via email.

    STEP THREE. Use the D&D Digital Computer Matching Process.

    Application to the Texas State Dietetic Internship includes a computer matching process. All applicants must participate in this selection system. Application is made online at D&D Digital ( Applicants rank their preference for all internship to which they apply. Note: This process requires a $50 fee.

  • Applicant Ranking Applicants will be ranked using the following criteria: overall academic performance, academic performance in upper division nutrition courses, academic performance in chemistry and biology courses, quality of personal statement with emphasis placed on compatibility with our program, work and volunteer experience with emphasis placed on experience in the field of nutrition and foods, and quality of references.

    Applicant Interviews

    Top applicants may be called for a phone interview. The interviews will take place during February and March. The interview will provide the applicant with further information about the program and allow the applicant to demonstrate their potential to the Dietetic Internship Selection Committee.

    Estimated Cost Regarding Return of Application Material

    The Texas State Dietetic Internship does not return application materials to the applicant.

    Policy Regarding Equal Opportunity

    No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by Texas State University on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. Publications will, upon request, be provided in alternative formats.

    Admission to the Dietetic Internship

    Applicants must have completed the baccalaureate degree and academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) set by ACEND prior to entering the program. Six students are preselected and three are selected through DICAS.

    Policy Regarding Background Checks and Drug Screens

    Interns will be working in facilities (i.e., hospitals, schools) that require criminal background checks and/or drug screens before attendance is permitted. The Texas State Dietetic Internship program abides with policies of the site if an intern whose criminal background check raises concerns is rejected by the facility. Please consider your own circumstances before applying to the program.

    Gainful Employment Disclosure - Here

    Estimated Cost to Student Upon Enrollment

    The following approximate expenses will be incurred by the Texas State Dietetic Internship intern:
    Tuition and fees for 18 semester graduate hours (tuition and fees can be found at
    General property fee - $10
    Professional attire (e.g. lab coats, appropriate shoes, etc.) - $150
    American Heart Association CPR Certification - $45
    Professional liability insurance - $17
    Textbooks and other supplies - $600
    Registration for professional meetings (varies) - $150
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics affiliated Membership Fee - $50
    Meals, housing and transportation. A reliable car is required for travel among practicum sites. Sites will be in Austin, San Antonio, and the San Marcos vicinity. A San Marcos resident would drive about 12,000 miles to classes, rotation sites, and other required activities.
    Immunizations - $100
    Criminal Background Check - $50 (depends on the number of counties of residence)
    Drug Screening Test - $40

    Faculty Directory

    Information on our faculty can be found at this web site:

    Master of Science in Human Nutrition

    Information about the MS in Human Nutrition can be found at:

  • Pre-select Option. Application Deadline is January 15.

    The Texas State Dietetic Internship offers a pre-select option for current or former (within 5 years of application) Nutrition and Foods majors or students enrolled in the MS in Human Nutrition.

    Applicants do not participate in the computer matching process. All applicants will be informed via email of acceptance on or before February 1 to permit application to other Dietetic Internships through the DICAS and computer matching process if not preselected.

    For Bachelor of Science in FCS - Nutrition and Foods (Dietetics Track) Students

    Currently enrolled students are eligible to apply if their DPD course work is completed by July. Degree holders may apply if the degree was earned within the past 5 years. If the degree is older than 5 years, upper division courses currently required for the Verification Statement must be taken prior to applying (in consultation with the DPD Director and the DI Director).

    For Master of Science in Human Nutrition Students

    MS students will complete 1 or more semesters of coursework for the graduate degree before they are eligible to apply for the DI.
    Students enrolled in the MS program are eligible to apply to be pre-selected to the Texas State Dietetic Internship if they have obtained a Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics within the past 5 years.

    Applicants from Texas State must submit the following:

    Recommendation Form - Note: Only 1 letter of recommendation is required for Texas State applicants. This referral should NOT be completed by a Texas State faculty member.
    Graduate College Application - Application to the Graduate College at Texas State as an MS student or for the graduate DI certificate program (if you are not applying to the MS program) (prepared and submitted after acceptance to the DI).
    $50 Application Fee by check (payable to the Texas State Dietetic Internship).
    Verification Statement from a Dietetics Program (obtained from director of program where you graduated). NOTE: If you have not yet graduated when you complete this application, you can submit an Intent to Complete form. Scan and email statement and include with complete packet.
    Personal Statement (no page restriction).


    Submit all of the above to Hannah Thornton via email by January 15.

  • The Texas State University Dietetic Internship Program provides a verification statement upon completion of the program which allows students to take the Registration Examination. Students who are not co-enrolled in the master's program are considered non-degree students and do not qualify for financial aid.

Hannah Thornton, MS, RD, LD, Director (
Texas State University - San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512-245-7055
Fax 512-245-3829