- Our Ideal Applicant
- Application fee
- Distance clinical track applicants only
- Telephone Interviews
- 2021 Spring Match Application Checklist and Timeline
Our Ideal Applicant
Admission and Selection Criteria
Our ideal applicant demonstrates interest in community nutrition, public health, and/or population health. A successful application must include all of the required information outlined below. We rank the parts of your application in the following order of importance:
- Work Experience/Volunteer Experience
- Personal Essay
- Letters of Recommendation
- Dietetics GPA
- Professional Portfolio
- Telephone Interview
We are looking for your work/volunteer experience, personal essay, portfolio, and telephone interview to demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Interest in community nutrition, public health, and population health
- Self-direction and independence
- Good organizational and communication skills
While we don’t have a GPA cut-off, applicants with lower grades will need to impress us in other ways. (Our current intern class has an overall average GPA of 3.36)
Applying to the program is a multi-step process completed through the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application Services (DICAS), D&D Digital, and the College. Participation in the DICAS application process and matching process through D&D Digital allows students to apply to more than one program. The Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship requires applicants to also submit an application to the College through Graduate Studies.
In addition to the DICAS application and applying to Graduate Studies, we require the submission of a Supplemental Application form and a professional portfolio. More info below.
Graduate Studies Application
Applicants must submit an application to Graduate Studies, applying to the Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship program to be considered for spring match. Application fee and other requirements waived.
Dietetic Internship Computerized Application Services (DICAS)
We will be participating in the online centralized internship application, DICAS, which may be found here. DICAS will be available in early December for the Spring match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. central time on February 15. These dates may vary, please make sure to check the DICAS website to verify. The DICAS fee is $50 for the first application you submit and $25 for each additional application.
The following are components of your application that will be done in DICAS:
- Complete the sections for personal and academic information.
- Personal statement:In DICAS you have the ability to write multiple personal statements so that each one is tailored to the specific program for which you are applying (maximum 1,000 words per statement).
- Send Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:**
DICAS - Transcript Dept.
PO Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472
Be sure to follow the DICAS instructions for mailing in your transcripts so DICAS receives them in a timely fashion.
Specific questions we want you to address in your personal statement for KSC:
- Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
- What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career? Give a specific example of how you have demonstrated each of the
following characteristics (if possible, relate your examples to work you have done within the community or in public health settings):
- Organizational skills
- Communication skills
- What are your short and long term goals?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses/areas needing improvement? What have you learned from your successes? Your mistakes?
- Because we consider leadership skills important, describe a situation or project in which you took a leadership role. How did you move the project forward? What roadblocks did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
- What other information do you consider important for the selection decision?
References - When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and email address for each reference. An email will be sent to the reference requesting the completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students applying to more than one program will need to use the same individuals as references for each application. Include three references in your DICAS application; of those three, one should be from a teacher/professor, one from a work or volunteer supervisor, and one other reference of your choice.
For any questions regarding DICAS please email DICASinfo@DICAS.org
The KSC MSDI selects applicants through a computer matching process. Applicants must register on the D&D Digital website, pay the $55.00 computer matching fee with a credit card and submit their prioritized list of selected programs online to D&D Digital before the designated deadline dates. You can obtain the instruction packet from your Didactic Program advisor or by contacting D&D Digital at email@example.com. Applicants should call D&D Digital prior to the deadline if they do not receive an e-mail with login information.
D&D Digital Program Codes
Regular (local clinical) track – 245
Distance Clinical track - 142
The KSC MSDI has 2 program codes in D&D Digital, one for our regular track and one for our distance clinical track. Please be sure to rank the correct code(s) for D&D Digital.
Supplemental Application Form and Portfolio
Required Supplemental Application Form should be sent to Keene State College MSDI Program Manager, Stephanie Chmielecki
Download and complete the supplemental application form.
As part of your application materials, we require that you submit a professional portfolio. It must be postmarked by February 15th so we can review it alongside your DICAS application. If the 15th falls on a weekend or postal holiday, materials must be postmarked by the next business day. Portfolio materials are used when evaluating and ranking each applicant. If you submitted a hard copy portfolio and would like it returned to you after the selection process, please include a pre-stamped and addressed 9 x 12 manila envelope or padded mailer with your supplemental application form. You may mail your hard copy portfolio and manila return envelop along with your supplemental application form. If you choose to create either an electronic version, please include a URL link on your supplemental application form and email the URL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both electronic and hard copy portfolios will be accepted however there are guidelines for both. Please follow the instructions closely.
The best portfolios we have reviewed …
- … are organized. How you organize the content should feel intuitive.
- … are personal and represent YOU!
- … include specific examples of your best work, for example: pictures of posters or bulletin boards you’ve created, copies of handouts, educational materials, presentations, pictures from events led or participated in, copies of awards received.
- … include reflections on WHY these examples of work are included in the portfolio, answering the question: “Why should I look at this item? What does it say about you as a candidate?”
Accepted and Unaccepted Formats
Hard Copy/Paper Portfolios
Alternative Media Portfolios
Files on a flash drive or CD-ROM
Hard Copy/Paper Portfolios
Less than or equal to 8.5” x 11” in size
Bound (spiral or 3-ring binder)
Follow above guidelines
Alternative Media Portfolios (hard copy)
We encourage you to express your creativity when sharing samples of your best work. We will accept creative expressions of work as long as they follow “best practices” outlined above. The following are a few examples of professional portfolios that exemplify “alternative media.” [https://www.pinterest.com/explore/portfolio-ideas/]
Mail supplemental application and application fee to:
Stephanie Chmielecki, MS, RD, LD
Keene State College Dietetic Internship
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2910
Please send your supplemental application form with electronic portfolio link or hard copy portfolio, and application fee in the same envelope/package.
A nonrefundable application fee is required for the MSDI. The fee is $70 if applying to one track, or $80 if applying to both local and distance clinical tracks. Make checks payable to Keene State College. There is no additional application fee due to graduate studies.
Distance clinical track applicants only
In addition to the above required elements of the supplemental application, distance clinical interns must submit a preceptor information form and a signed preceptor agreement. You can download the following forms here (these forms can also be found on the distance clinical tab of the website):
Once applicants are screened, some of you will be called to schedule a telephone interview. Current interns conduct and record the interviews in order for the selection committee to listen to them later.
2021 Spring Match Application Checklist and Timeline
NOTE: Application deadline for Master in Public Health Nutrition will be announced soon.
Dec 1, 2020: D&D Digital opens to allow applications to register on their website at www.dnddigital.com, D&D registration fee is $55.
Dec 4, 2020: DICAS Application opens to allow applications to begin their application on https://portal.dicas.org. DICAS application fee for the first designation is $50 and $25 for each additional designation.
Feb 15, 2021: Applicants must register online at www.dnddigital.com, pay the computer match fee by credit card and enter their contact information and program preferences by 11:59 pm Central Time.
Feb 15, 2021: DICAS Application must be submitted in the portal by 11:59pm Central Time.
Feb 15, 2021: Supplemental Application Form, application fee (TBA) and portfolio must be sent to KSC MSDI Program Manager, postmarked for Feb 15
Feb 15, 2021: Distance Clinical Applicants Only–submit Preceptor Information Form, Preceptor Agreement Form (can be emailed to program manager or sent along with supplemental application materials.
Apr 5, 2021, 11:00am CT: Match Day! Results available on D&D Digital.
Apr, 6, 2021, 11:00am ET: Appointment Day. Matched applicants must notify program of acceptance of match by this time.