Prospective Interns

Starting in 2018, we will NOT be participating in DICAS. However, we will continue to participate in the D&D Digital matching program.

An option to consider:

Apply for admission to the graduate program first. Then, as a current graduate student, apply for the dietetic internship the following year.

1. Apply to FSU Graduate Program

Deadline: December 15

In order for your dietetic internship application to be considered, you must first be admitted to one of the eligible graduate programs offered by the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University:

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Only complete applications will be reviewed. These programs admit in the fall (April 1 application deadline) and spring (October 1 application deadline) semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadlines posted.

In order to be considered for an assistantship, admissions applications should be completed earlier (February 1 for fall and July 1 for spring).

If applying for the Dietetic Internship to start in the fall semester, all admissions application materials must be received for the master’s program by December 15 in the preceding year.

2. Apply to the Dietetic Internship Program

Deadline: February 1st

The deadline is February 1st (of the spring semester that falls in the same calendar year as the first fall semester you intend to begin dietetics internship program).

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Clinical Nutrition

Six (6) weeks* in specialized clinical facilities
with two (2) weeks of CICU staff relief.

Facilities include:
Cancer Centers, Pediatric, Pulmonary,
Dialysis Centers

General Core (960 hours)

Total Hours SE: 1,200 

Sports Nutrition

Four (4) months* practical experience at a
sports nutrition facility (640 hours)

Facilities include:
Athletes Performance, IMG Performance

Supervised practice experience in laboratory
setting and completion of the sports nutrition major (40 hours)

Labs include:
PET 6930 (Applied Exercise Physiology)
PET 5355 (Advanced Exercise Physiology)
PET 5553 (Cardiopulmonary Evaluation)
General Core (960 hours)

Total Hours SE: 1,600

Please note:

Students may not participate in more than one concentration.
Weeks are based on a 40 hour work week, if less than 40 hours are completed per week, additional days will be necessary to complete the required number of hours. A total of 52 credit hours are completed for the non-thesis clinical nutrition and sports nutrition specialization. Interns who opt to write a master’s thesis complete 56 graduate credit hours.
The nutrition practicum (HUN 8945r) is conducted throughout the year although it is highly recommended that interns complete at least 12 weeks (~480 hours) of supervised experience during the first summer which may include 4 weeks of pre-clinical nutrition experience or 4 weeks of food service management experience and 4 weeks of community nutrition experiences.
Rotations that follow depend on which specialty the intern has chosen and on which experiences have been completed during the initial 12 weeks of the internship. For MS students, the comprehensive examination or thesis defense must be passed before verification of completion of the internship can be completed. For Ph.D. students, the preliminary examination must be passed for verification of completion of the internship. Students are also expected to participate in other professionally related activities during the academic year and are encouraged to participate in local, state, and national dietetic association activities. Service activities are highly recommended. Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required.

Clinical and foodservice management rotations are conducted in several facilities, including:

● Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH)
● Orlando Regional Medical Center
● Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
● Capital Regional Medical Center (CRMC)
● John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital (Archbold)
● Tampa General Hospital
● Baycare Health System Hospitals (Tampa area)
● Holmes Regional Medical Center (Melbourne)
● Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
● JFK Medical Center
● North Florida South Georgia VA Hospital
● FSU Sodexo
● Public School Food Service systems (various counties)
● DaVita and Fresenius Renal Dialysis Clinics
● Center Pointe Health and Rehabilitation
● Health South Rehabilitation Hospital

TMH, CRMC, and Archbold are within a 50-mile radius of Tallahassee. Many other practice sites are located around the state of Florida including Pensacola, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Fort Pierce, Atlantis, Orlando, and Tampa.
Community nutrition rotations include:

● Leon and other County Public Health Units (WIC)
● Leon County or Wakulla County Extension Services (EFNEP)
● Elder Care Services of North Florida
● FSU Student Health and Wellness
● FL State Department of Agriculture
● FL State Department of Health

Completion Requirements

The following are required for graduation and completion of the internship:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum grade of B- in the following courses:
    ○ HUN 5242
    ○ HUN 5243
    ○ DIE 5248
    ○ For sports nutrition specialists, includes PET5355c, PET5553 and PET5367
  • Grade of C or better in all other required courses and courses applied towards graduation
  • Completion of HUN 8945r with a grade of “S”
  • Attendance at all internship meetings
  • Completion of all other degree requirements
    Failure to complete supervised practice experiences satisfactorily as evaluated by the director and appropriate preceptor(s) during the assigned time frames will result in the removal of a student from the internship.

Selection Procedure

Applicants are selected by a committee composed of the Internship Director, the Didactic Program Dietetics Director, and Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences faculty members who are registered dietitians (RD). Selection is based on the committees assessment of some or all of the following criteria, GRE scores, GPA, a letter of intent, previous work experience and letters of reference (as well as the possibility of phone or face-to-face interviews) are used by the committee to assess each applicant. This selection process also follows the rules governing the computer matching process used by and in cooperation with D & D Digital Systems.

Note: Admission to the graduate program in the Department of NFES does not grant a student admission to the Dietetic Internship. Internship applications are reviewed by a department selection committee after admission to the graduate program in NFES. Internship appointments are awarded on a competitive basis through computer matching process used by AND in co-operation with D&D Digital Systems, Ames, IA.

Assessment of Prior Learning and Credit toward Program Requirements

Coursework older than six years will not be accepted for transfer credit. The university’s policy for acceptance of prior coursework is followed. Requests are reviewed on a case to case basis. Accepting prior experiences as it relates to supervised practice such as employment in areas such as WIC and the Department of Education Child Nutrition Program is considered on a case to case basis depending on the intern’s job description and formal written acknowledgement from the work supervisor. Thus, work history is considered on an individual basis. (IP Standard 23.2.g)