Selection Criteria

The intern selection criteria is based upon the factors listed below. Our goal is to select the best students from the applicant pool who have strong academic backgrounds, effective communication skills, and success in cooperative work with others. The Selection Committee uses the following criteria when reviewing applications:

  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • College and Work References
  • Personal Statement Essays
  • Phone Interview
  • Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination


Applicants will have a minimum overall cumulative and DPD GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Work Experience

Work experience related to nutrition or food service is a benefit. We value employment that demonstrates responsibility, dependability, time management, cooperation, and leadership.

Extra Curricular Activities

We will consider involvement in activities that demonstrate an ability to problem solve and collaborate with others.

College and Work References

References should include two faculty members and one employer. These include important qualities such as:

  • Leadership
  • Academics
  • Self motivation
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Cooperation skills

Personal Statement Essays

The personal statement essays will address applicants' professional goals, independence, ability to collaborate, leadership skills, organizational planning and writing ability.

Phone Interview

Top ranked applicants will participate by phone interview with the Selection Committee. Applicants will be notified mid-March for a phone interview date.

Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination

The UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or age in any of our policies, procedures, or practices; nor do we discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

International Students

International students wishing to apply must follow procedures set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for international students (“International Fact Sheet” for additional information).