Sports Nutrition Immersions (SNIP)

The Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) matches full-time sports dietitians with CPSDA members interested in getting more practical hands-on experience working with athletes and sports programs.

Each fellow will focus on career development under the mentorship of a host sports dietitian. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend. Working in cooperation with Gatorade, SNIP Program Managers match fellows through an in-depth application and review process. Mentor/Host-Sites also participate in an in-depth selection process conducted by a committee.

What is the application process to apply for SNIP?

The host-site/mentor application process for the 2025-2026 class will be open late September - early November 2024.  Please review the Host/Mentor Application Guide.  Interested mentors must submit an application including:

  • detail on the duration of the immersion program and approximate start date
  • indication of the ability to participate in a kick-off meeting
  • description of interest in mentoring a SNIP fellow
  • a letter of support from a supervisor speaking to your mentoring and hosting abilities
  • contact information for two (2) individuals that you have mentored
  • A set of competencies that your fellow will accomplish while immersed in your program.  These competencies will need to be individualized for your program if you are selected to be a host mentor.  Please be prepared to discuss competencies during your interview.

The SNIP Fellow application process for the 2025-2026 program will open in early January. Participants submit an application including:

  • Description of career goals
  • Description of professional work experience
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
Who is eligible to apply for SNIP?

SNIP mentors must be active CPSDA Sport RD working as full-time sports dietitians in an established sports nutrition program with a strong passion for mentoring.  Interested SNIP hosts/mentors who have hosted an immersion for the past two consecutive years (in both 2023/24 and 2024/25) will not be eligible to host an immersion for the 2025/2026 program.

SNIP fellow candidate must be current CPSDA members in good standing who have earned their RD credential. Criteria for the immersion programs are based largely on the candidates' education and previous experience.

How are the host-sites/mentors selected?

After reviewing applications, the SNIP program managers will complete video interviews and the CPSDA SNIP Committee will finalize the pool to the top host sites.  After potential host sites are selected by CPSDA and Gatorade, an email blast containing a link to the fellow application will be sent to all CPSDA student and associate members inviting them to apply as a Gatorade SNIP fellow.  Within the application, applicants will be asked to review a short description of each site (written by the mentor), and then rank the sites based on their interest, should they be selected.

Once all applications have been submitted, the program advisors will review the applications and narrow the candidates to a list of finalists. The host sites will be notified and the application from each finalist will be released to the host mentors for review. Host mentors will select a minimum of 3 candidates from this pool whom they would like to interview (virtually) and submit this selection to the program advisors who will then set up video interviews between mentors and prospective fellows.

After the interview process, mentors will be asked to rank their candidates in order of desired hiring.  As is similar with the dietetic internship match, the program advisors will make every effort to match top candidate rankings with top mentor rankings in attempt to line up the best possible match for both parties. Mentors will then be given the opportunity to formally offer their selected candidate once the program advisors have finalized all the matches.

 2024 - 2025 Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program Fellows   

University of Arkansas: Abigail Burns
University of Texas: Haylie Beck
University of Virginia: Libby Boothman
Columbus Crew: Mackenzie Merriman
University of Georgia: Madison Whitmire
Texas A&M: Meredith Giles
Boston College: Spencer Simons
University of Maryland: Teresa Dait

Past participants: Where are they now?