How To Write A Winning Dietetic Internship Personal Statement
Your personal statement is the first impression a dietetic internship will have about your personality, goals, qualifications, and worth. This may be your only chance to demonstrate your ability and your interest in the program to hopefully move forward and get an interview. Therefore, the personal statement needs to be relevant, honest, enthusiastic, and memorable.
Here are 6 tips on how to write a winning dietetic internship personal statement.
1. Show Your Worth. Wanda Siu-Chan, MS, RD, Dietetic Internship Director/Lecturer at San Francisco State University department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics, advises to elaborate on 1-3 work or volunteer experiences which enhance your qualifications and commitment to the profession. Don’t just re-write what is already in your DICAS application or resume. Instead, explain in more detail and/or describe a specific experience to help the committee learn more about you.
2. Sell Yourself. Jenny Westerkamp, RDN, Owner of All Access Internships, recommends to be comfortable with “selling” yourself and telling the committee how great you are. You are not bragging. If you don’t express your self-worth with specific examples and evidence, the directors will not know how special you are.
3. Be Specific. Vague reasons on why you want to attend the program such as “fantastic teaching hospital” or “variety of rotations” is too generic, informs Westerkamp. Instead, choose specific rotations that line up with your own experiences and goals. Try to think of 3 good reasons why that particular internship program is the right fit for you, suggests Westerkamp.
4. Follow Directions. If the internship program asks a specific question for the personal statement, make sure you answer the question providing specific details and examples. Also include ways you hope to be a leader in the field, proposes Westerkamp.
5. Edit. Edit. Having a spelling, grammar, or organizational blooper demonstrates a lack of attention to detail and writing ability, both of which are important qualities to securing an internship, per Siu-Chan. Remember, this is your first impression to stand out and make an impact, so make sure to diligently proofread your personal statement.
6. Two sets of eyes are better than one. Siu-Chan concludes to have an instructor, professor, or fellow student read your personal statement and provide feedback. You don’t have to take all the feedback, but it may be helpful. Many colleges offer assistance at the career center or writing/tutoring center, informs Siu-Chan.
Remember, your personal statement will pave the way to whether you get an interview or not. A well-planned, well-researched, and well-written personal statement can land you your dietetic internship of choice.
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