So I am in the middle of the process of applying to dietetic internship (which is something required to become a registered dietitian). And by that, I mean I sent off my applications in mid-February and have been sitting and twiddling my thumbs until match day in mid-April. For those unfamiliar (I'm assuming most everyone, I don't think I've come across any other RDs here on GT...but if you are out there HI!), you can apply to as many internships as you like, but you rank them. You don't get accepted to more than one and choose where you want to go. You either get matched with one or you do not. I think the match rate is 50% (maybe even lower?).
You rank them all when you send in your applications, but this week you are able to rerank them. For example, if you have an interview with your top choice and botch it, you can drop them down on your list. Or if you don't get an interview at all. But the thing is, not all internships do interviews. And I am basically going insane trying to decide what to do.
I applied to 5 internships. A & B are my top choices for sure. The order of C, D, & E was kind of random. Here is what I know:
A- There is no mention of interviews anywhere on their website. Does that mean they don't do them? Who knows. All I know is I was not contacted.
B- Their website says select applicants will be contacted for an interview. I was not contacted.
C- No mention of interviews on their application website.
D- Website specifically states that interviews are not part of the application process.
E- I did have an interview here. They interview the top 20% (or was it 25%) of their applicants, so I know I am at least that high. The interview went okay. I don't feel like I totally aced it, but I didn't totally fuck it up either. It's also worth noting that I generally have low self-esteem about these things. For example, when I turned in a draft of my application essay to my advisor, I thought it was so bad I was almost embarrassed to give it to her. She gave me nothing but GLOWING feedback and only a few minor suggestions.
I have been looking at advice about reranking all morning and I've found that most everyone says not to rerank (except maybe in the examples given above where you totally eff up an interview or don't get one when you know it is required). The general reason given is to rank them as to where you actually want to go, after all, would you really be happy at your last choice?
YES. I WOULD. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO GET ANY OF THESE INTERNSHIPS. I LITERALLY DON'T CARE WHERE I GO. I CAN LIVE ANYWHERE FOR ONE YEAR. I JUST WANT AN INTERNSHIP. REALLY. I DON'T CARE. I CHOSE FIVE INTERNSHIPS OUT OF HUNDREDS. I ONLY CHOSE ONES THAT I THOUGHT I WAS A GOOD FIT FOR. I WOULD BE FUCKING THRILLED TO BE MATCHED AT MY LAST CHOICE.
But just for kicks, here are my general thoughts on each one. And if you don't know, I am married, but my husband is transferring to the UK for the rest of the year, so no matter what I'll be moving to a new place alone. I'm totally fine with that.
A- This is in a great location and is a great fit for my career (BUT THEY ALL ARE, THAT'S WHY I APPLIED TO THEM. DUH). Also my best friend lives here, but even if she didn't this would be ranked #1.
B- This is in a really cool location but would probably be more expensive. I didn't get an interview though, so I feel like I should drop this one to the bottom of my ranking.
C- This one is not far from where I live now, but it is just far enough away that I'm not sure commuting would be an option (It would be doable, but I'll be working 40 hours a week on top of homework and projects and possibly evening meetings/classes, so all that driving time would not be ideal). This one gets far fewer applicants than most programs because they require a master's degree (which I have...once I defend my project), so my chances are better.
D- This one is in a city I'm not a huge fan of (BUT I WOULD BE THRILLED TO INTERNSHIP THERE, REALLY, I SWEAR) and is only a few hours from my family.
E- All the other options are in the Midwest, which is where I currently live. E is far away, in the west. It is warm and there are palm trees there. I know I am in their top 20-25% (but probably not the tippy top because I think my interview was fine not amazing?). I know no one in this area and am generally unfamiliar with it. It is far from my family. That being said I WOULD BE THRILLED TO GET AN INTERNSHIP HERE. OR ANYWHERE. JUST GIVE ME ONE.
So help me objective GT, who know nothing about this whole process. DO I RERANK THEM? If so, how?
Other facts- Most people applying are fresh out of undergrad. I have a master's in Public Health but my BA is in an unrelated field (so I am different than most candidates, which is neither good nor bad, but just a fact). I have a high and competitive GPA. I thought my essay was pretty good (everyone else who read it thought it was great and didn't have and helpful recommendations to make it better). I sent in three recommendation letters, two of which I know were great. The third was from my boss and it was required to have one from an employer. My job is not nutrition related at all, which is the only reason I take points away from this letter because my boss knows literally nothing aside from what I told her about being a dietitian and the whole process and I just don't know anyone trusts what the nanny placement manager at a nanny agency thinks about my future as a dietitian. I go back and forth from being super confident that I am awesome and will get one and super confident that I am terrible and I won't. This wasn't my original plan when I started my master's degree. I spent two extra years working toward this, which is maybe why my attitude is a little different from the bright-eyed, bushy tailed 22 year olds. GIVE ME ANY INTERNSHIP. I DON'T CARE.
So I guess this was partially a rant too. But if you have any advice, please share. Because I am going insane.