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  • 2 0 1 3 / 1 4 A P P L I C AT I O N P R O C E S S

    Dietitians of Canada Internship Application Process

    Post-Degree Internship

  • ACADIA DIETETIC INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR

    Connie Foote, MAHN, PDt

    Email: [email protected] Tel: 585-1367

    Office: HSH 403

  • ROUTES TO BECOMING A DIETITIAN IN CANADA

  • INTERNSHIP ROUTES • Dietitans of Canada Website

  • ROUTES

    • Acadia’s Dietetic Internship Program •  Integrated and Post-Degree option •  Information session on Thursday at 4:30 PM

    • Dietitians of Canada Internship Process •  Post-degree – apply in final year at Acadia

    • Masters/ Practicum Combined Programs •  Separate process for each program •  Can apply in 4th year

  • OVERVIEW OF DIETITIANS OF CANADA INTERNSHIP SELECTION PROCESS

    •  Web-based computer program

    •  Applicants enter 3 internship choices from 16 possible programs

    •  Applications sent directly to internship programs

    •  Programs rank candidates

    •  Computerized offers sent out •  May receive more than one offer

    •  Timeline to accept or decline

    •  Process continues until positions filled or all ranked

    applicants have been offered positions

  • HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

    •  December 4, 2013 - Register for the DC internship selection process

    •  Pay the Fee: $146.90 including HST by credit card or

    PayPal. •  All applications must be received by the individual

    programs by February 1, 2014 •  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted •  Check for application fees •  Read and re-read all instructions from DC Internship

    Application Guide, Application Forms etc. •  Check each program brochure carefully for specific

    requirements

  • APPLICATION

    •  Review specific academic standards for each program •  Application consists of: •  Personal Letter •  Current Resume •  Official Transcript •  Confidential Reference(3) •  Contact Information Sheet

    •  *Please note that some programs have additional application requirements. In such cases, they are outlined in the applicable program brochure.

  • PERSONAL LETTER

    •  Tell the internship program coordinator why you are the best candidate for their program. •  Your letter will be evaluated based on: •  content, clarity of goals, interest in the profession and the

    program, potential contribution to the profession, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and self direction.

    •  Your letter must be professional •  no longer than one page, single-spaced, in 12 font, with one

    inch margins.

  • RESUME

    •  Your resume should highlight your education, your work and volunteer experience that are relevant to dietetics •  Your resume must be: •  no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced, in 12 font, with one

    inch margins

    •  Include your education and experience in reverse

    chronological order •  Most recent first •  Indicate the length of each experience

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S)

    •  Transcript(s) must be official bearing the university’s seal or a notarized copy. •  All post-secondary transcripts that contribute to

    your DC accredited undergraduate degree must also be submitted. •  Your transcripts must include marks for all courses

    completed by the end of the first semester of the current academic year.

  • APPLICANT’S CONTACT INFORMATION SHEET

    •  Important reference for the internship program

    coordinator. •  Make sure it includes your present and permanent

    contact information. •  If any of the information changes, notify the

    coordinator.

  • CONFIRMATION OF COMPLETION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAM FORM

    •  The SND will provide this form to verify that you are expected to complete all of the academic requirements (Dietetic Option) before the internship •  Successful applicants have to provide verification no later

    than one month prior to the start of internship •  Failure to meet academic requirements will result in dismissal

    from the internship program

    •  Students notified in January by Lynn Coleman when form is ready for pick up.

  • CONFIDENTIAL REPORT ON DIETETIC INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

    •  Three referees •  make your selection wisely

    •  Should know you well enough to judge your performance •  Your referees should know you in a professional,

    student or business capacity. •  Previous or current employer •  A supervisor of a volunteer work experience •  An academic* and/or Registered Dietitian reference is

    preferred.

    •  A reference from a family member is not permitted

  • CONFIDENTIALITY

    •  Provide your referees with three envelopes addressed to each program •  Ask them to return each of their 3 completed forms

    to you in these sealed envelopes •  MUST write their signature across the back flap. •  Separate envelopes

    •  Any unused references MUST be returned to the referee.

  • ACADEMIC REFERENCE FROM ACADIA

    •  School will provide a composite academic reference at your request •  All faculty members contribute to the reference •  SND Faculty members will not provide individual references •  Sign up sheet will be posted in November •  You must let us know that you want a reference by the date

    specified

    •  READ your Acadia email regularly and watch for important notices

    •  Must return any unused references

  • DC TIMELINE SUMMARY

    • October – Review application package

    • December 4th, 2013 • Fee must be paid • Computer registration access for Internship Selection open

    • February 1 • Applicant deadline, computerized internship program choices • Application Package deadline to internship programs

  • DC TIMELINE SUMMARY

    • Interviews held in February • Don’t make plans for study break as some programs will interview that week

    • March 10, 2014 •  Results of First Process Round email notification •  Must reply by 5:00 PM on March 11, 2014 •  Process continues until all spots are full

    • If programs run out of ranked applicants a Second Process Round may be held • Only open to first round applicants

  • DC APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

    •  Go to DC’s website

    •  Program brochures

  • ADVICE FROM COORDINATORS

    •  Looking for high academic ability, work experience, strong references, and professional potential. •  An application package that follows directions

    explicitly, and is professional in appearance and content, is very important. •  A well-developed personal letter •  Read the internship program brochures carefully

  • PLAN AHEAD

    •  Don’t leave your reference requests to the last minute •  Start thinking about your personal letter now •  Remember you are trying to come to life for the

    reader from pieces of paper

  • IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

    • All interns, not just dietetics, are ineligible for student loans •  Federal student loan regulations dictate

    who is eligible or ineligible

    • Many programs have application and program fees • Additional costs – accommodations, DC

    student membership to access free liability insurance, transportation may be required

  • WANT MORE INFORMATION?

    •  Read through all of the application materials from Dietitians of Canada carefully

    •  Attend the Atlantic Internship Forum

    •  Contact Connie Foote •  DC Student Representative •  Catherine Biden

  • ATLANTIC INTERNSHIP FORUM – OCT. 25, 2013

    •  Presentations from the individual internship programs:

    •  Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia – MSc with internship

    •  The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, New Brunswick

    •  Aramark Healthcare, Atlantic and Ontario

    •  Eastern Health, St. John’s, Newfoundland

    •  Capital Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    •  Dietitians of Canada

  • ATLANTIC INTERNSHIP FORUM OCT. 25, 2013

    •  Location: Mount Saint Vincent University • Room 508, Seton Academic Centre • Date: Friday, October 25, 2013 •  Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

  • QUESTIONS?

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