many applications does your program typically receive each year? And how many
interns are accepted?
A: For the 2015-2016 internship class, we received 120 applications for the 6 intern positions.
Q: What do you look for in an application (applicant)?
A: We look for a very good GPA and great work/volunteer experience in the
nutrition/dietetics field. We honestly don't care if the applicant got paid for
the experience (work) or not (volunteer), as we emphasize the learning from the
experience. Involvement in extracurricular activities is also considered.
Letters of recommendation are very helpful and should best illustrate your
capabilities as a future dietetic intern. The personal statement is very
important as it tells us more than what is already contained in the application.
Finally, the interview is always a great time to make a good impression!
makes a good personal statement?
A: Your personal statement is very important and should be well written,
including correct spelling and grammar.
It should tell us about the person, not just list courses or
accomplishments that we can find elsewhere in the application. It is the time to tell us why you think our
program is a good match for your goals and a time to address any “hiccups” in
the application. “Hiccups” might be
sitting out a semester or having a poor GPA semester.
is the GPA requirement?
A: There is not a required GPA. In
reviewing applications, the selection committee considers all aspects of the
application. Traditionally, our interns
have very competitive GPAs.
your program require the GRE?
A: No, our program does not require applicants to take the GRE. But if you have taken the GRE, please include
your scores in the DICAS application.
Q: Do you conduct interviews?
A: We interview top applicants that meet our criteria for admission via
Skype. The number of applicants interviewed each year varies based on the applicant pool we receive that year. The interview is an opportunity
to answer any of your questions about the program, as well as allow the
selection committee to get to know the applicant.
Q: What is your concentration emphasis?
A: Our internship concentration is Clinical Nutrition.
Q: What are some of the unique features of the program?
A: The interns have one on one time with their preceptors for all
rotations. We always try to allow the interns to observe procedures (EGD or
heart cath for instance) as often as we can. This internship is also with the
VA so we have unique rotations at both facilities. The VA has an excellent
follow up system with clinics and telemedicine for instance, while at UK we
have a three week rotation for Pediatrics.
Q: Your website talked about going out of town for the community rotation. Can you tell me about that?
A: The Community rotation is usually the final four weeks of the internship. Since UK and VA are high level acuity trauma centers, we lack the ability to show the interns what small hospitals, county health departments, WIC clinics, etc. do on a daily basis. During Community, interns live in a more rural environment within the community. Housing is provided for the interns during this month long rotation. Experiences may include diabetes cooking classes, school lunch programs, retirement facilities, WIC experiences and all other teaching opportunities. This is a unique opportunity for the interns and is often their favorite month of the internship.
Q: What is a typical day during the internship?
A: Interns work the same schedules as their preceptors. Typically a day
with the preceptor is 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some preceptors work earlier shifts,
but the day with the preceptor is generally eight hours. During the work day,
interns provide patient care with the preceptor and complete nutrition
assessments, follow-up notes and education sessions. After a day at the
hospital, interns will have between three and four hours of homework and
projects each evening. This is definitely not an 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. internship.
Q: Do interns meet for class?
A: Interns have class once a week for approximately 1.5 hours. The director uses class time to cover topics
that will prepare the interns for upcoming rotations and/or future career
opportunities. It is also a time for the
group to touch base, talk about how things are going, and address any questions
Q: How much autonomy will I have with my preceptor?
A: The preceptors are by your side during the first month or two, depending on your needs. As the internship progresses and your confidence, knowledge and abilities increase, so does your autonomy. The final three weeks of the internship before the Community rotation is Staff Relief where you will actually take over patient assignments for the preceptors.
Q: Do interns get to attend professional meetings?
A: Yes! The interns have the
opportunity to attend local and state Academy meetings.
Q: Do interns work on weekends?
A: Not typically; the general work schedule is Monday through Friday.
Q: Can interns have a job during the internship?
A: No, outside employment is not allowed during the internship. We do not charge tuition and we offer a stipend of about $5,300 so that should be helpful with expenses.
Q: Is there any scheduled time off during the internship?
A: There is one week scheduled for vacation during the Christmas season.
Q: Are interns responsible for their own living arrangements?
A: Yes, interns make their own arrangements for living facilities. They will be on a list serve with other members of their intern class and can arrange to live with another student if they wish. They can contact the Lexington Chamber of Commerce for specific information about apartment complexes.
Q: Do you offer a review course for the Credentialing Exam for Dietitians?
A: We do not offer or require a review course for the RD Exam. We leave the decision on whether to take a
review course up to the individual intern, however we highly recommend our interns take one. Review courses teach for the exam, while our internship prepares graduates for an entry-level position.