Application Process

Application Requirements 

  • The program uses the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS.  If you have questions, please e-mail The application will require applicants to provide information related to academic history, transcripts, DPD verfication statement or related course history, background and contact information, volunteer and professional experiences, awards/honors, a resume, and a personal statement.The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  DICAS requires $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application. 
  • To comply with the ACEND graduate degree requirements, applicants to either internship program must meet one of the following:
    • Seperately apply to BGSU's Master of Food and Nutrition (MFN) at the time of applying to the DI program at BGSU. 
    • Be in the process of completing a self-identified graduate degree when applying to the DI. 
      • At the time of applying to BGSU’s dietetic internship, applicants will be required to provide evidence of their plan of study and GPA for graduate level courses completed. Evidence will be submitted in DICAS. See the required elements listed below.
        • Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the graduate level. Graduate transcripts must be included with the internship application. A minimum graduate level GPA of 3.5 or higher is required.
        • Applicants will be considered if they have or will have completed most of the graduate degree (example, 1-2 courses left) or if they will complete most of the graduate degree at the same time of completing the internship (example, 50% through the program).
        • Applicants must submit their graduate plan of study showing the breakdown of courses completed, remaining, and a timeline for completion of all graduate degree requirements. The timeline must include evidence that the graduate degree can be completed in timeframe of no more than 6-months from completion of BGSU's dietetic internship.
      • Depending on the content of the self-identified graduate degree some applicants may be required to complete BGSU’s Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition. In some cases, students can complete the internship as a “guest” student. Contact the program director for additional information. 
    • Have already earned a graduate degree degree that meets ACEND requirements when applying to the DI. Evidence of the graduate degree must be submitted in DICAS. 
      • Applicants will be required to provide official transcripts showing the date the graduate degree was conferred when applying to BGSU’s dietetic internship programs. 
      • Depending on the content of the previous graduate degree some applicants may be required to complete BGSU’s Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition. In some cases, students can complete the internship as a “guest” student. Contact the program director for additional information. 
  • Applicants who apply will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,200 words or less. Your personal statement is an important consideration in our selection process, so take the time to make it reflect who you are and why becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist is important to you and how the BGSU program aligns with your goals. The following questions should be addressed:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • How can BGSU’s Program help you meet your career goals?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:   DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, Ma 02471. You will also need to submit transcripts as part of the Graduate College application process.
  • When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must also register online D&D Digital  for computer matching and select  dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  There is a $65.00 computer matching fee.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (BGSU DI interns are subject to requirements of healthcare facilities they intern at. There are no exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccination policy). 
  • Resume (PDF preferred)
  • Optional: Electronic Portfolio. Include link in personal statement.

International students

International students are required to have their transcript evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service and take the TOEFL exam.


Interviews will be held in March prior to the deadline for D&D on-line reordering.

Distance Internship Extra Application Requirements

The major difference in the application process for the distance program over the on-site program is that you will submit site and preceptor information forms for an acute care and community site, in addition to the usual application materials.

  • Preceptor Information Form
  • Site Information Form
  • Submit site information and preceptor information forms for an acute care clinical and community site.  You can upload through DICAS. 

    Potential preceptors can contact the Internship Director directly with any questions they may have. They, or a representative of their facility, will be required to sign an affiliation agreement with Bowling Green State University in order for you to complete rotations at the site but this is not required at the time of application. This form and additional information can be found at Q & A for Prospective Preceptors.

DICAS Application Deadline

Updated: 12/04/2023 12:06PM