A Beginner’s Guide to DICAS

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As a dietetics student, preparing for DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Central Application Service, can be quite overwhelming. Whether you are feeling anxious or simply don’t know where to begin, these four tips can help you get started! 

Create a Brand — and a Great Resume

It is useful to think of DICAS from a marketing perspective. Essentially, you are “shopping” for a dietetic internship that best suits your interests and career goals. At the same time, you are creating a brand for yourself that you wish to “sell” via your resume. Visit your school’s career center to have your resume reviewed by a professional who can ensure that the format and presentation are up to par, and that it represents your envisioned brand well!

Make a List

The next step is to make a list of programs that pique your interest. Luckily, there are several tools available that can help narrow your search. The Academy’s website offers a list of accredited dietetic internship programs along with various stats about the programs and contact information.

Tell Your Story

With your brand and program list in check, you are ready to begin the application. Since the application is lengthy, it is wise to work on a few sections at a time. Your personal statement is a good place to start, as it is the heart of your application. Tell a unique story in your statement to make a lasting impression and express yourself creatively. If you are struggling with an idea, think of a concrete experience — an obstacle you have overcome, for example — that has led you to discover what you are most passionate about. Be sure to have a diverse set of eyes — family members, professors, peers — view your statement before you click “submit.” Finally, remember to tailor your statement for each program.

At Last, Breathe

Relax. You worked hard to get to this point, and your application reflects this!

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Stephanie Taormina

Stephanie Taormina, is currently a dietetic intern. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Connect with Stephanie on her website and LinkedIn.