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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you look for in an intern?

We evaluate our applicants in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, GPA (overall and DPD), work experience, volunteer experience, leadership roles, recommendations and personal statement. No one area is significantly more important than another. We view each candidate individually, while using a method to maintain fairness. We look for commitment to education, eagerness to learn, leadership, respect, flexibility and ability to interact with a diverse group to name a few areas that are of particular focus.

How many interns do you accept?

We accept a maximum of 10 interns. Typically we have six to eight interns each year, which, balanced with our MSPH-RD Coordinated Program, allows us to maintain our one-on-one preceptor to intern ratio for most rotations.

What is the average class GPA?

We do not share our class's average GPA. The minimum GPA with which one may apply is a 3.0.

What will my hours be?

Start times vary depending on preceptors and their responsibilities. Many rotations will follow standard business hours, but some will require early mornings or later end times.

What is a typical supervised practice day like?

Days will vary greatly and our interns and staff are very flexible. Rotation days likely will include any combination of the experiences below:

  • Assisting site RD or manager in duties
  • Clinical experience
  • Community education
  • Completing assessments, follow-ups and educations
  • Food service
  • Food service PI, equipment evaluation or management rounds
  • Meal rounds
  • Meeting manager for opening shift
  • Meeting preceptors and orienting to site
  • Patient rounds
  • Performing management duties to prepare for and supervise lunch
  • Preparing for day by updating patient list
  • Providing in-services to employees
  • Shadowing/working with employees in kitchen/retail/patient units
  • Shadowing/working with RDs in areas of focus
  • Teaching a class or going on home visits
  • Wrapping up and planning for next day
  • Writing notes and reviewing with preceptor

Do you provide housing?

We do not provide housing. We recommend you chose an area that is comfortable for you. Some interns live in the city of Baltimore and some live in the suburbs. Often interns will live with each other. There are a wide variety of housing options available in the area. When selecting housing, keep in mind your proximity to Johns Hopkins Bayview, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the occasional rotation(s) in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region.

Do I need a car for this internship?

While most of the rotations are at Johns Hopkins Bayview and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, you will need a car or access to transportation for a few rotations and classes in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., regions.

What do you want in the personal statement?

We enjoy seeing the different types of letters, and we encourage you to develop a personal statement that genuinely reflects you. We receive a wide variety of statements from very creative to very straight forward. It is your opportunity to express yourself and share any additional information that may not be evident in the DICAS application. Again, most importantly it should reflect who you are so we have accurate information when assessing your fit for the Johns Hopkins Bayview Dietetic Internship.

Will I be able to work if I match with this internship?

We strongly discourage a job during this internship. This is a challenging program with very full days in rotations. The hours will vary depending on the rotation and/or preceptor. Many rotations will have pre-work and homework requiring additional time in the evenings and on weekends.

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