DI Participation in Preselect Option

Dietetic internships may apply for participation in the preselect process if one of the following situations exists:

  1. The program is a non-degree granting Dietetic Internship, that wishes to grant early admission to students already enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following situations.
    1. The graduate degree is provided by the sponsoring University. For example, Ceres University Hospital DI will preselect from the Master of Science in Nutrition program at Ceres University.
    2. The graduate degree is provided by a University outside of the sponsoring organization. For example, Town Hospital DI will preselect from the Master of Public Health program at Ceres University. A DI program wishing to preselect under this criterion must establish an affiliation agreement(s) that does not include a provision for financial compensation for the internship positions used to place students in the preselect process.
  2. The program admits graduates from DPD at the same institution and wishes to grant early admission to those applicants. For example, Ceres University DI will preselect from Ceres University DPD graduates.
  3. The program admits employees of the sponsoring organization, but wishes to also fill some positions through computer matching. For example, a DI program housed in a WIC facility will preselect from their current employees.
  4. An institution that sponsors a Dietetic Internship but not both Dietetic Internship and a Didactic Program in Dietetics may grant early admission to applicants from Didactic Programs. This option requires that the Dietetic Internship and Didactic Program(s) establish an affiliation agreement(s) that does not include a provision for financial compensation for the internship positions used to place students in the preselect process. For example, Ceres University Hospital DI will preselect from State University DPD.
  5. The program has the ability to award financial aid, such as graduate assistantships or scholarships. The DI program must select applicants for this aid prior to the computer match withdrawal deadline date. For example, Ceres University DI awards scholarships annually in January and will preselect those scholarship awardees to start in their program in June.

Programs who wish to participate in the preselect process must identify the number of positions to be filled early through the preselect process. The remaining positions will be filled through the computer matching process. Applicants for the preselect positions must be notified of their acceptance/rejection by established deadlines.

Once preselected interns are selected, programs must e-mail D&D Digital (info@dnddigital.com) the preselected individuals' names with their email addresses by the established deadline dates. With this information, D&D Digital will be able to ensure that these students are not participating in the computer match. All program materials will need to clearly describe the preselect process and state the number of positions preselected so that applicants will be prepared to participate in the computer match process if necessary. February 1 and September 1 have been established as the preselect deadlines for the April and November computer match respectively.

Programs wishing to participate in preselect must submit appropriate documentation noted in the substantive change guidelines.

Programs must submit another preselect substantive change request if requesting to preselect under a different situation (1-5) not previously approved for by ACEND®. Programs must also notify ACEND® if the number of interns who will be preselected changes.