Contact Information

Dietetic Internship

Kathleen Carozza, MA, RD
Director Dietetic Internship
Henderson Hall
Floor 1, Room 145
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989

Phone: (973) 290-4126
Email: kcarozza@cse.edu

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1. What type of work experience(s) do you look for in an applicant?
All work shows the ability to be a good employee. Work in the field, especially in an acute care hospital or long term care setting, assists with success in supervised practice.

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2. How do you evaluate undergraduate-related practicum experiences in the applicant review process?
We assume this is part of most undergrad experiences, and see it as part of your didactic preparation.

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3. How are applicants selected for an interview? Is the interview completed in a group format?
All who meet the academic requirements (overall 3.2 GPA) and application guidelines are interviewed in a one–on-one setting. Interviews for applicants who are in school or live more than 2.5-3 hours away will be completed by phone. Also in the event of inclement weather, a phone interview will be used. Questions focus on getting to know you better – no testing is done. Dress professionally but expect a relaxed interview. Have a good sense of why you are interested in our program and bring your own questions too!

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4. What type of volunteer experience(s) do you look for in an applicant?
Something that shows a commitment and interest in the field – or another specific cause and builds technology, professional and interpersonal skills.

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5. What are my chances of getting an appointment if my GPA in less than 3.0?
In recent years, the competition is very stiff for an internship match. We are now requiring a 3.2 overall GPA for an applicant to be eligible for an interview. If an applicant has an overall GPA between 3.0 and 3.1, the applicant can petition for an interview by explaining the GPA in a separate statement in the DICAS a pplication (supplemental document)

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6. What type of petition for an interview would be appropriate (re: GPA of 3.0 to 3.1)?
A student who struggled with sciences might be one who would explain the GPA. Another example might include a student who had a personal or family medical or emergency situation that contributed to one or more semesters with a lower than average GPA. The student is not required to provide details of a personal nature, but should provide basic information to support the lower GPA. Lastly students returning to school for a second degree or changing majors with a more serious academic focus in nutrition and dietetics would be encouraged to petition for an interview.

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7. Is financial aid available?
You may be eligible for loans as a graduate student. Complete the FAFSA form. Research graduate financial aid at fafsa.ed.gov. Loans do not get disbursed to the college until early October for fall and February for spring and are not usually available for student refunds until mid-October and mid-February respectively. This should be considered in budgeting. Please contact the college's financial aid office for more information.

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8. Are there any scholarships?
ADA Foundation – apply during DI application process even though you do not know if you are matched.

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9. Will I be able to work outside the Internship while completing the program?
The program is very demanding and outside work is strongly discouraged for all full time interns. Many part-time students find they can work a few hours a week in a "low-stress" job or at a prior employer. However, it is very difficult to do so and be fully engaged in the program, so you must be a highly organized and focused student. The part-time option is more appropriate for students who need to work during the program. However, even the part time schedule includes four weekdays and any employment outside the program cannot interfere with program schedules or requirements. The part time option allows for a summer off between the spring and final fall semester and spreads out the cost of the program a little more than the full-time option.

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10. How do your costs compare with other programs?
Our program costs are comparable to other internships at private colleges. Things to consider when reviewing other programs – will financial aid be available? Are there additional costs for any graduate courses required? What faculty support does the program offer? Will the part time option be better for me? Am I considering all costs, living, transportation, medical insurance, etc.?

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11. How are practice sites arranged for the student? Is the student involved in the placement process?
Students tell us where they will live. The Director tries to place students within a reasonable commute, but sites are voluntary and may not be available each year. In reviewing our practice site list consider 3-4 core sites that would be in driving distance. Consideration is given to typical NJ traffic patterns. The director's goal is to keep commuting to an average of 45 minutes each way. However, the range may be as little as 10 minutes to as much as 1 ½ - 2 hours in some rotations. That being said it is very rare for an intern to commute more than 45-60 minutes for any length of time.

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12. In addition to the supervised practice experience, how much supplemental work is involved on a weekly basis?
Plan to commute and work for a total of 10 hours a day and complete 15-20 hours of homework a week. It is a full schedule.

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13. How does the part time option differ?
Part-time interns have one day "off" each week and have a more staggered schedule for when homework is due. They participate in the program for the full academic year, are off in the summer and return to complete the program the following fall.

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14. How are the interns evaluated in the program?
Self-evaluation and by preceptors and faculty. These evaluations take place after each unit and at several other times in the program. Students receive constant feedback on both supervised practice performance and homework.

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15. How much support is given to the intern who needs additional practice time?
The program is competency based and it is always possible that some students will require extra assistance and/or do more practice time. The faculty also work with interns one-on-one is an issue is identified.

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16. How well do your students do on the CDR Registration Exam?
Almost all of our students pass on the first attempt or second attempt. Our five year average first time pass rate is currently 78%. We have identified issues for our students who are not passing on the first try and have seen students who struggle with test anxiety, a relationship between pass rate and GPA, and a strong relationship between first time pass rate and English as a second language. To improve our pass rate we have implemented several program requirements such as increased computer based tests and unit pre-tests, a test taking tips seminar, use of CDR review manual and recommendations to use the Conklin Learning Center as needed.

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17. How easy is it for the interns to find employment upon completion of the program?
In these difficult economic times, this is a worry to our students and the faculty. However, the demand for RDs continues to grow and our students generally find employment within a month or two of completing the program. Some may start in part time or per diem positions to take time to study for the exam. Many are offered positions at practice sites where they have worked. Most begin in clinical, but some take positions in business and industry, community programs and in food service management. The director often receives job postings and passes them onto the graduates.

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18. How many applicants do you get to your program?
We have seen a study number of applicants in the 110 range in the last three years. The popularity of our unique program concentrations, the faculty to student ratio and support as well as the program's part time option and continued demand for internships has contributed to these numbers. The program has 20 positions and overall we have seen 2/3rd of the applicants to our program get a match with us or with another program and about 1/3nd have not received a match. A positive match outcome for us is a higher and higher match on our ranking list. In recent years we are matching in the top 30 of our ranked students.

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19. What is your ranking process like?
We typically interview about 90 applicants, but anticipate fewer applicants will meet all of our requirements and deadlines for the 2013-2014 class. Our Selection Committee includes the three faculty and six additional members. The members are alumnae and/or preceptors and/or members of our Advisory Council. The faculty narrows the applicant pool to about 60 for review of the Selection Committee. Each applicant receives a score based on GPA, work experience, interview, narrative, and recommendations. The Selection Committee members review each applicant and the committee ranks approximately 45 applicants for the computer match list.

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20. What makes a successful CSE dietetic intern?
Interns are required to move to many different locations and work with many different people. Applicants who are intellectually curious, take initiative for learning, are detail oriented, proactive, and independent do well in the program. In addition, students who are flexible, sensitive to others and easy to work with find they get the most from the program.

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