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Extracurricular Activities

Well, you probably already know that getting into a Dietetic Internship program is very competetive.  During the spring of 2010 approximately 4000 applications were submitted to Dietetic Internships across the United States and 2000 students ended up getting matched to an internship.  Selection is based on GPA, extracurricular activities, and recommendation letters.   The minimum GPA a student needs to be competetive is around a 3.3 although that will vary somewhat with each internship.   But, a student with a 4.0 GPA who doesn’t have significant extracurricular activities won’t be as competetive as a student with a 3.5 GPA who does.   The challenge for many students is knowing what types of curricular activities are the most valuable and how much experience do they need to have at the end of their dietetics program.    The list below is intended to help answer those questions for students by listing the types of activities that Dietetic Internships believe are important and putting those activities into different levels to give an indication of their value.   The most competetive students will have accumulated significant experience  and hours in the higher level activities. 

Types of employment

  1. Hospitals
    1. Foodservice
    2. Diet Clerk
    3. Diet Technician
    4. Phlebotomist
    5. Unit secretary
  2. Campus Foodservice
  3. Health and Wellness facilities
  4. Health focused (diabetes, weight loss, etc) summer campus
  5. Woman, Infant, and Children (WIC) Office
  6. Cooperative Extension
  7. Long-term care facility
  8. Professional offices
    1. Lawyers
    2. Banks
    3. Dentists
    4. Real Estate
    5. Veternarians
    6. Pharmacy

 

Below is a list of example extracurricular experiences.  The experiences are divided into four levels with levels 3 an 4 activities being the most valuable experiences.  Levels 1 and 2 are important because they often open doors and give students the experience and knowledge to be able to get to level 3 and 4 activities.

Level 1 Activities

  • Shadowing a dietitian
  • Working in a non-dietetics related job as a laborer
  • Joining a student organization
  • Joining a state or national organization
  • Volunteering and community service up to 50 hours

 

Level 2 Activities

  • Working in a non-dietetics related job in a leadership position (supervisor)
  • Student Athlete leadership position (captain or cocaptain)
  • Working in a dietetics related job as a laborer
  • Volunteer and community service from 50 to 100 hours
  • Being an active member of a student organization
  • Working under the supervision of a dietitian for 40-80 hours (2 work weeks)
  • Complete a leadership training program
  • Tutor for nutrition or science courses
  • CPR Certification
  • Lifeguarding

 

Level 3 Activities

  • Campus peer health educator
  • Study abroad
  • First responder
  • Working in a dietetics related job as a laborer but not being supervised by a dietitian
  • Volunteer and community service from 100 to 150 hours
  • Being an active member of a state or national organization
  • Working\interning\volunteering under the supervision of a dietitian for 80-160 hours (2-4 work weeks)
  • Be actively involved in undergraduate research as a research assistant
  • Present research findings at a local research conference

 

Level 4 Activities

  • 150+ volunteer and community service
  • 160+ hours working\interning\volunteering under the supervision of a dietitian
  • Student leadership position in a state or national organization
  • Be the coauthor of a research publication
  • Present research findings at a state or national conference
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