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Application Information

Mount Auburn Hospital’s dietetic internship program begins the day after Labor Day in September and ends the following August. We accept two interns each year. Learn more about our clinically-focused dietetic internship.

Applicant Requirements

To apply for the dietetic internship at Mount Auburn Hospital, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, food management or a related field; the degree must include ACEND-accredited coursework requirements.
  • Complete the application through DICAS.  The DICAS application fee is $50 for the first application and $25 for each additional application.  Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on February 15, 2021..
  • Applicants must obtain verification by faculty advisor (or intent to complete) academic requirements for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD). Applicants can request Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement forms through DICAS to the DPD Director and electronically sign them to be part of the application.
  • Register on-line at for the computer matching service. The computer matching fee is $55. All contact information and Dietetic Internship preferences must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on February 15, 2021.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the DI program at Mount Auburn Hospital are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

How to Apply

Apply through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). You’ll need to submit:

  • Personal statement – Share your professional goals and how the Mount Auburn internship program will help you achieve them
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
    DICAS- Transcript Dept
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, Ma 02472
  • Three letters of reference will be submitted online to the DICAS reference system.
  • Verification Statement – Request DICAS to send your Declaration of Intent of Verification statement to your advisor to verify you have completed or intent to complete the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics.

You’ll also need to mail our supplemental application and nonrefundable $60 application fee to:

Emily Lotterhand, MBA, RD, LDN
Dietetic Internship Director
Department of Food and Nutrition
Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mount Auburn Hospital
Cambridge, MA 02138

If you anticipate needing schedule adjustments or accommodations during your internship, provide information about your request when applying.

Both the payment and supplemental application must be postmarked by February 15, 2020.

Selection Criteria

Perspective interns are selected on basis of a variety of criteria:

  • Scholastic Standing: Each applicant's overall GPA, Science Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and Professional DPD GPA is reviewed. A GPA>3.2 is recommended
  • Work, Extracurricular Activities, Continuing Education: Previous experience in the nutrition field such as volunteering or working is preferred. However, sports, extracurricular activities, honors, awards, certificates, advanced degree, or other work experiences are advantageous.
  • Letters of Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation are required from professionals that are qualified to comment on the applicants academic and/or work ability potential, personality, and character. Two of these letters must be from faculty members and one from an employer.
  • Your Own Personal Letter: This letter must be well written and personalized. The letter should address:
    • Expectations of the dietetic internship
    • Identifying reasons for choosing a small, clinically focused program in relation to your professional goals.
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?

Important Dates for 2020-2021 Internship Applications

April 5, 2021: Personal match reults will be available online from D&D Digital systems at 11:00am CST
April 6, 2021: Applicants must email Emily Lotterhand, Dietetic Internship Director at or call 617-499-5665 ext. 3059 to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the computer match before11:00am EST

If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll need to pass a physical examination at Mount Auburn Hospital offered through Employee Health and a background check.

Schedule a Tour

We encourage all perspective interns to participate in a virtual tour. It provides a chance to meet the staff and current interns, and learn more about our dietetic internship program. Tours will be Fridays at 8:30 am on the following dates: November 13 & 20, December 4, 11 & 18, and January 8 & 15. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact program director Emily Lotterhand or call 617-499-5665, Extension 3059. 

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