Admission requirements at GCDI include a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an original verification statement from an ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) accredited DPD program. Students who have not yet graduated can have their DPD Director submit a declaration of intent.

The program gives preference to candidates with DPD GPA of 3.4 or above, full time work experience and candidates with graduate degrees. The strength of the proposed rotation sites and preceptors is also an important component of the application selection process.

Applying for the Dietetic internship is a 3 step process:

Complete an online application with DICAS

The Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). The program may be accessed at (e-mail The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.

DICAS requires a personal statement, online application, official transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation. In addition GCDI requires applicants upload the following to DICAS supplemental section.

  • Preceptor agreement forms and a rotation schedule.

See completing the application for more information on these.

Pay your GCDI fees online

You can pay the $50 application fee here.

Register with D&D

You must also register with D&D Digital Systems in order to participate in what is termed the nationwide “matching process” used by most internships. The deadline for submitting your internship preferences in rank order (whether you have one choice or twenty) is the same as the deadline for submitting the applications to the schools or programs of your choice as mentioned above. Applicants can obtain the computer matching materials from a Didactic Program Director or from D&D Digital Systems, 304 Main St. Ste. 301, Ames, IA 50010, Phone (515) 292-0490, Fax (515) 663-9427. There is currently a $55.00 charge for the computer matching process, payable to D&D Digital, although this cost is subject to change. Click here to go to the section on the ACEND website for details on Computer Matching Policy and Procedures.

GCDI participates in both the spring and fall match. The D&D digital matching number's for Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship are as follows: Fall match - 587, Spring match - 898.

The deadline for application submissions is determined by D&D Digital Systems. Refer to your Didactic Program Director for the actual dates.

To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted online and GCDI fees payed by the due date.

If you cannot pay online, you may send your application fees (payable to Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship) by mail to the address below. Add a note to your payment with your full name and (if available) your DICAS application id.

Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship Program
724 Live Oak Drive,
Biloxi, MS 39532