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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dietetic Internship Program

Program Resources

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1-800-504-6609

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness
Dietetic Internship Program
600 S. Calhoun St., Ste. 120 (H2)
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2009

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Dietetic Internship Program is a nine-month program that runs from September through May and accepts two interns per year.

It prepares participants:

  • For entry-level positions as registered dietitians,
  • To have a positive impact on child nutrition, and
  • To enhance the quality of school food service programs. 

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's Registration Examination for Dietitians. State licensure can also be obtained by those who have passed the registration examination. Learn more about dietetics and nutrition licensing in Florida

Accreditation Status

Since 2004, the Dietetic Internship Program has been accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Required application documents include:

  • An official Verification of Completion of the Academy Didactic Program requirements or a completed Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree and/or Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Approved Minimum Academic Requirements form, available from your academic adviser;
  • A formal letter/personal statement that describes your career goals and how they relate to the internship’s emphasis on school food service/child nutrition programs and program goals;
  • Official transcript(s); and
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.

How to Submit Your Application

Applications will be accepted through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS).

Watch the video below to learn how to submit your application through DICAS:

 

Application Deadline

You must submit your application by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on February 15.

Other Steps in the Application Process

All applicants must contact D&D Digital Systems and complete the computer match of intern/internship selection process. The deadline for entering the spring computer match is February 15.

Selected final applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program, you must:

  • Submit proof of a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Provide a final transcript or letter from the registrar indicating that the degree has been conferred.
  • Submit proof of current medical liability, health and automobile insurance, and a recent physical exam.
  • Successfully complete an employment screening and security background investigation conducted through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and a local hospital.

Requirements for Completing the Internship

To successfully complete the Dietetic Internship Program, you must:

  • Perform satisfactorily on all required assignments, projects, curricula, rotation objectives, case studies, presentations and exams; 
  • Comply with agency policies and procedures; 
  • Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics; and
  • Demonstrate good communication, customer service and employability skills.

Program Schedule and Components

The Dietetic Internship Program begins the day after Labor Day and ends the Friday before Memorial Day.

Clinical Rotations (12 Weeks)

Facility

Location

Duration

Capital Regional Medical Center or Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Tallahassee, FL

Seven Weeks

Pediatric Pulmonary Center

Gainesville, FL

Two Weeks

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's Metabolic Health Center

Tallahassee, FL

One Week

DaVita Healthcare

Tallahassee, FL, and surrounding area

Two Weeks

Food Service Rotations (Eight Weeks)

Facility

Location

Duration

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Tallahassee, FL

Two Weeks

Leon County District Schools

Tallahassee, FL

Two Weeks

Sarasota County Schools

Osprey, FL

Four Weeks

Community Rotations (17 Weeks)

Facility

Location

Duration

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tallahassee, FL

10 Weeks

Florida Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools

Tallahassee, FL

Two Weeks

Leon County Health Department — WIC

Tallahasee, FL

Two Weeks

Florida Department of Health — Child Care Food Program

Tallahassee, FL

One Week

University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service

Tallahassee, FL

One Week

Florida Department of Elder Affairs – Adult Care Food Program

Tallahassee, FL

One Week

Program Costs

There are no application or enrollment fees, but interns will need to plan for the following expenses:

  • D&D Digital computer matching fee: $50
  • Laboratory coat for clinical rotations: $50
  • Nonslip shoes for school food service rotation: $50
  • Physical exam including TB test and titers: $100-$200
  • Two background check clearances and drug screen: $100-$150
  • Professional liability insurance: $25
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership fees: $62
  • For out-of-town rotations, estimated cost of housing, food and transportation: $5,000-$7,000.

Interns are responsible for housing, food, transportation and any additional expenses.

Interns must have a car for travel to rotation sites.

Selected applicants are provided a gross monthly stipend, paid every two weeks, of approximately $915.

Educational Materials

As part of Dietetic Internship Program, interns create and develop a variety of materials, including menus, nutrition education lesson plans, and health and wellness news articles. FDACS wants to share these educational materials with others and hopes they will assist in promoting health and wellness in schools and communities across Florida. View a list of materials [ Microsoft Excel Document 10.57 KB ]. 

To request a copy of any of the materials listed, contact Rick Parks at .