Admission & Graduation Requirements  
  To be considered for acceptance into the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dietetic Internship, candidates must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, must complete DPD academic requirements and present a Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent prior to admission into the internship. Overall grade point average must be at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale).

The policy of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Dietetic Internship is to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for admission into the program. Decisions concerning selection are all made upon the basis of the best qualified candidate without regard to color, race, religion, national origin, age, gender, handicapped status, ancestry, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.


Selection Criteria

Selection of interns will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Knowledge: Overall and professional coursework; GPA ranking, recipient of college achievement scholarships, awards and honors;
  • Work Experience: Paid or voluntary work experience in two of four areas; medical nutrition therapy, food service, community, or research. Positions are of high quality and with responsibility.
  • Leadership and Self Motivation: Positions of leadership in extracurricular activities or work experiences; ability to set goals, take initiative, make decisions, use good judgment, and work independently. Previous and future goals are realistic and clearly identified.
  • Management of Multiple Responsibilities: Coursework taken per semester/quarter in conjunction with work experience or family responsibilities; involvement with extracurricular activities; organizational skills, dependability, adaptability, and ability to handle stress.
  • Communication Skills: Application packet presentation; letter of application; audiotaped message; experience communicating with groups and individuals; empathy, self confidence.

Directions to Complete Application Process

  • Candidates must complete all application materials and submit them to CCF prior to the February deadline specified by ADA each year. Candidates are to use the software disk for Supervised Practice Program Application.
  • Candidates must also complete a computer matching form with the 395 code (full-time) and 497 code (part-time), available in 2007 for the CCF Internship. You must select one option.

Once accepted into the program, all learning experiences specified in the program curriculum must be completed at a competent level.


Interns will receive frequent evaluations from the supervising faculty and the program director in order to be assessed of their performance. Interns who fulfill all program requirements will graduate, be eligible to pass the national registration exam, and become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian.

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