The DPD Student Handbook and resources are offered to dietetics students to provide information about the program and to assist you with determining where to apply for supervised practice and to help you prepare your applications. The DPD Student Handbook is updated annually and will be made available to students on Cornell Box. Please contact us at with questions.

Dietetics Program Contact Information:

DPD Office
108 Savage Hall

DPD Director
Dr. Erin Green 
214 Savage Hall


  • Finalize list of programs you will apply to; determine Open House dates.

  • Verify application due dates and whether programs you are interested in participate with DICAS.

  • Identify individuals to write letters of support and schedule meeting to request strong letters of support.

  • Open DICAS account and begin application

  • Submit DPD Communication Form with initial DI selections to the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics via email and schedule meeting to discuss program choices by November 5. 


  • Make plans to take GRE.
  • Visit programs during fall break. Attend FNCE if able and the FNCE DI Fair.
  • Fill out self-evaluation form for letter writers

  • Begin work on personal statement.

  • Provide letter writers with resume, unofficial transcript, self-evaluation form and the forms for letters of reference (request due date of January 15 unless your program has an earlier deadline).

  • Order transcripts from colleges other than Cornell, if applicable. Request one for your DPD file (please send to the Dietetics Office, c/o Lillian Wright), one for each program that requires a paper application and direct the Registrar to mail one to DICAS (use form on DICAS website).
  • By end of October: email your current list of DI selections.



  • Due November 1st to Dietetics Office: Transcript Evaluation form, transcript and draft Declaration of Intent form (we will enter formal version on DICAS), $75 transcript

    evaluation fee.

  • November 15: email your final list of DI selections.


  • Order copies of official Cornell transcript with fall grades posted. You will need one for each program that requires a paper application and will need to instruct the Registrar to mail one to DICAS.

  • Create an account with D&D Digital. This is very important! You cannot match to a DI if you do not register with D&D Digital! Pay D&D Digital computer matching fee.


  • January 2 Due Date for Cornell DI Pre-select application. Application must be complete by midnight, which means letters of recommendation as well as candidate application have been submitted.






  • January 15 - due date for all other Cornell DI applicants.
  • Visit programs.
  • Complete DICAS and paper application (if needed).
  • Finalize personal statement.
  • Submit updated FINAL list of programs you’re applying to (if necessary) to the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at

February 1-15: RANK PROGRAMS

  • For programs not participating in DICAS, compile paper application packets and send certified mail with return receipt. Submit electronic applications on DICAS.
  • Enter DI priority choices. Check D&D Digital for February due date.
  • Send final list of choices and ranking.

March: Check dates at D&D Digital HURRY UP AND WAIT

  • Applicants may reorder Dietetic Internship priority rankings; however, no additional internships may be added.


  • MATCH DAY! Email your personal match results.
  • Accept Match by due date at the latest as indicated on D&D Digital website.
  • If you do not match, contact ASAP for a review of post-match guidelines & assistance.


  • Request final transcript with degree posted to be sent to Dietetics Office and your DI program director. Request that the Registrar hold your transcript until degree is posted.
  • BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS: Provide Dietetics Office with addresses to mail your Verification Statements. Include the name/address of your DI program director, your social security number and your June address.

June/July: YOU ARE DONE! Cornell prepares Verification Statement and sends you six copies, one copy to DI Director and one copy retained in your Cornell DPD file.

The Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice is the most up-to-date reference available detailing Dietetic Internships, Coordinated Programs in Dietetics, Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs), and Graduate Programs. The guide will be purchased by the DPD program and uploaded to a shared file on Cornell Box for all DPD students in the fall semester.

All accredited supervised practice programs are listed on the online directory of dietetic internships on the Academy Website at

Use the edit function to narrow your search for programs with a particular feature. To use this function:

  • Always start your word search at the beginning of the directory list.
  • Use the edit function by pressing the Control key and the key for the letter F simultaneously.
  • In the box that appears, type the word or phrase you want to find. You do not need to match the word case.
  • Click on Find Next to find the next occurrence of the word or phrase.
  • Continue to Click Find Next to find additional occurrences.

Below are some examples of searches you can use to find specific programs in the Dietetic Internship list:

  • State or City: Search for the State or City by name. Use the 2-letter abbreviation for the state and check the box to select whole word only.
  • Enrollment date: These are generally shown as a month. Enter the full name of the month.
  • Length of the Program: The length of the program is generally shown as a range of two months. For example try finding programs that are 9 to 10 months or 10 to 11 months.
  • Computer Match Date: Enter April or November or exempt.
  • Stipend: Entering the word stipend will find programs with monetary as well as non-monetary stipends.
  • Emphasis area: 207 of the 261 internships have defined emphasis areas. The table below shows the emphasis areas and the number of programs in each category. To find the programs for a particular emphasis area type in the name of the emphasis area as shown below:
Number of Programs Emphasis Area Number of Programs Emphasis Area
2 Business/Entrepreneur 1 Natural Medicine
1 Child Nutrition 4 Nutrition Education
31 Community 33 Nutrition Therapy
1 Community/Urban Health 2 Nutrition Therapy/Community
1 Developmental Disabilities 1 Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health
10 Food Service Systems 1 Psychiatric Disabilities in Long Term Care
110 General 2 Sub Acute Long Term Care
1 Information Technology 1 Research
3 Military Skills 1 Wellness
1 Medical Dietetics    


The DPD Communication Form must be completed by the end of September and submitted to the Director of the Didactic Program in in Dietetics at

Self-Evaluation form for recommendation and/or personal statement.

To request the Didactic Program in Dietetics Transcript Evaluation Form please contact Lillian Wright, Dietetics Program Support at

The Dietetic Internship Match is a computer-based method which provides an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for Dietetic Internships (DIs) with the preferences of DI program directors. The Academy contracts with a company called D&D Digital to operate the DI Match and help applicants obtain an Internship (supervised practice position).

The 2022-23 DICAS DPD Course List can be found on the shared Cornell Box file for DPD students.

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