Dietetic Internship Program
Department of Food and Nutrition Services

C/o of Ashlee Carnahan
2799 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202-2689
(313) 916-3473

Qualifications of Applicants

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Accreditation Standards require programs to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that applicable degree and coursework requirements are completed before Dietetic Internship enrollment. Applicants must have a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education Program (FDE) by a U.S. accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.

For Graduate Degree option and to receive graduate credit: Student must apply to Michigan State University’s Graduate Degree along with Henry Ford Hospital Internship

Minimum GPA: A 3.0 is the minimum grade point average an applicant must have to be considered for an appointment to the Program.

Prior Work Experience: Professional experiences in hospital, clinical dietetics, or hospital food service, in community nutrition or in any health care or food service activity along with supervisory experiences are evaluated. Experiences may be as an employee or as a volunteer: forty (40) hours minimum and confirmation of this experience is required in at least one of the reference letters.

Activities & Organizations: Applicants' extracurricular activities and organizational memberships provide additional insight into their interests and ability to work with others, motivation, maturity and leadership potential.

Foreign Degree Applicants

Applicants, who have obtained their education outside of the U.S. and its territories, must have their academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to the degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. The original foreign degree equivalency statement must accompany the application form. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for a Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Selection of Dietetic Interns

Number of Interns: Eight applicants are accepted into the HFH Dietetic Internship Program each year.

Selection Criteria: A selection committee reviews each application for overall GPA, GPA for professional and science courses, work experience, letters of recommendation, letter of application, extracurricular activities and leadership potential. Additionally, the application is evaluated on content, clarity, thoroughness and presentation. Written communication skills and personal objectives are important in the process.

Nondiscrimination: Henry Ford Health, its affiliates and educational programs do not discriminate against applicants to its programs. Application forms do not require information about race, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, handicap or disabled veteran status. After admission, a request may be made for some of the above information for analysis of admission trends.

Interviews: The Program Director schedules interviews with qualified applicants. Any expenses incurred because of the interview are the responsibility of the applicant. In addition, applicants are welcome to come and tour the facility and meet with the Internship Director to discuss the Program. Contact Ashlee Carnahan (313) 916-3473 or email to arrange a personal interview and/or tour.

Deadline Dates

Each Dietetic Internship of interest must receive your application AND must be on your D&D Digital prioritized (ranked) list of Internships by deadline dates. Failure to complete both steps for any Internship will result in no possible match to that Internship.

Refer to the Matching Timeline for a detailed list of important dates and times.

Online Matching Registration with D&D Digital.

HFH Dietetic Internship participates in the match. For matching dates: DICAS Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services

Application is open for spring match 2024.

Application Phase

The Henry Ford Hospital Dietetic Internship Program participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). All applications must be submitted through DICAS.

As part of the application process, you will need to:

Complete the on-line application which includes listing of your work and volunteer experiences, calculated grade point and a copy of your personal statement.

Request an official transcript from each college and university and submit via online application process Henry Ford Dietetic Internship further requires:

A virtual interview set up by the Internship Director. Please send a phone number and e-mail address so that the interviews may be set up. The virtual interview is planned for 10 minutes and the applicant is evaluated for:

  • Ability to cope with change
  • Conflict Management skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Communication skills

An application fee of $100.00 which is non-refundable and must be post marked by final day of application submission February 15th 2024. Checks are to be made payable to HFH Dietetic Internship Program and sent to:

Dietetic Internship Program
c/o Ashlee Carnahan, MS, RD
Henry Ford Hospital
Department of Food and Nutrition Services
2799 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202-2689

Return of Application Materials

Application materials of those persons not receiving an appointment to HFH are not returned.

Further Applicant Responsibilities:

Applicants are responsible for obtaining current application materials from the Dietetic Internships (DI). The basic steps in this process are:

Obtain current application materials from selected Dietetic Internships at least 6 months prior. Please note that DI application forms are not available on the A.N.D web site or from A.N.D staff. You must get all required application information from the DI programs.

Discuss application materials with your Didactic Program Director, if available.

Obtain the Declaration of Intent to Complete form or a Verification Statement from your Didactic Program Director. One of these standardized forms is provided by the Didactic Program Director and is required as part of the DI application materials.

Request references from advisor / faculty / employers and order official transcripts as needed for each DI application.

Complete each DI application according to instructions provided with the application and submit the materials to the DI director by the designated deadline date. Questions about completing applications should be referred to the DI Director or your DPD Director, not A.N.D. staff.

Provide telephone number(s) and email with applications where you can be reached on Appointment Day.

Applicants must register on the, pay the computer matching fee with a credit card and submit their prioritized list of selected dietetic internships online to D&D Digital before the designated deadline dates (Refer to Dates for the Computer Matching Process for each appointment period). Applicants should Contact D&D Digital prior to the deadline if they do not receive an e-mail with login information.

Computer Matching Phase (D&D Digital)

Applicants are responsible for notifying D&D Digital, in writing, of a decision to withdraw from the matching process if circumstances will prevent them from accepting a match that may occur.

Applicants are responsible for telephoning D&D Digital if they cannot access the D&D Digital Internet site to view their personal matching results on Notification Day.

Address and phone number of computer matching firm are:

D&D Digital
3805 Mathews Rd
Ames, Iowa 50014
P. (515) 292-0490

Appointment Phase

Applicants who receive a computer match DI appointment are responsible for contacting the Program Director by telephone and email by 11:00 am (of the program’s time zone) on Appointment Day to confirm the acceptance or reject the match.

Applicants who submitted a Declaration of Intent to complete form with their DI applications must obtain a signed DPD Verification Statement from their DPD Program Director and official transcript documenting completion of the undergraduate degree before they may begin the DI.

Upon matching with the Henry Ford Hospital Dietetic Internship, interns must submit an application to the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Michigan State University. To apply, follow the instructions on Acceptance into the Henry Ford Hospital internship is contingent upon acceptance to The Graduate School at Michigan State University. If not accepted into MSU, the intern will not be accepted into the Henry Ford Hospital Internship program.

Our internship program selection criteria aligns with MSU graduate program selection standards.


  • Register with D&D Digital for "Internship Matching" to provide your contact information and pay a single matching fee for any number of prioritized/ranked Internships for matching (payment with a US credit card will be to C&L Snyder Companies).
  • After successful registration, an email will be sent to you from with your assigned username (cannot be changed) and a link to create your password (can be changed). If you do not receive your email within 2 days, call D&D Digital at (515) 292-0490.
  • Use your personal Login (username and password) to verify or edit your online profile and ranked list of Internships, and to access your matching outcome on Appointment Day.

Remember, you must

No match is possible to an Internship that did not receive your application or that you did not prioritize/rank.


  • Register after the deadline date (it will not be allowed).
  • Register multiple times for the same matching period (you will be charged a fee each time).

Important Applicant Responsibilities

Participants in the computer matching process are expected to adhere to the results of the match and accept a match that may occur. It is unethical to decline a match in order to pursue appointment to another program.

Programs with open positions will be posted on the D&D Digital Web site the day following Appointment Day. Applicants who do not receive a computer match must not contact any program with open positions until the day following Appointment Day. In addition, please do not ask your Didactic Program Director to inquire about programs with open positions until the day programs with open positions are posted. This allows the DI programs time to confirm acceptance from their matched applicants and determine the process they will use to fill open positions.

In addition to completing the on-line application process, you must also submit your computer matching applicant matching preferences to D&D Digital by their established deadline.

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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