Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Dietetic Internship Program

Program Overview

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Dietetic Internship Program has been an accredited program since 2004 when it was first accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who successfully complete this nine-month program are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) Registration Examination for Dietitians. State licensure can also be obtained by those who have passed the registration examination.

About the Program

The Dietetic Internship Program is a nine-month program that runs from September through May and accepts two interns per year.  The program is based upon the Accreditation Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The program provides students with supervised practice and didactic experiences that meet ACEND Core Competencies for the registered dietitian requirements. An emphasis for entry-level practitioners in USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Food Service Management is provided through this internship program experience. 

Program Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to provide quality supervised practice and didactic training, with a focus in school food service management consistent with the preparation of entry level registered dietitians.

Program Vision

Interns will develop the expertise and skills necessary to apply the nutritional knowledge and theory of their didactic education in the professional work environment. 

Program Goals

The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry-level positions as registered dietitians.

The program will prepare graduates to have a positive impact on child nutrition and enhance the quality of school food service programs.

Program Outcomes

Outcome measures for the program include intern retention, program completion rates, first-time pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians, intern rates of employment in dietetics, and responses on graduate and employer surveys.

To date, all interns have completed the internship program. Most of the graduates have been employed in dietetic positions within six months of program completion, with a large percentage of graduates employed in school food service positions, including school food service directors and nutrition educators. Graduates and their employers positively rank the program’s ability to prepare interns for entry-level practice. Raw outcome data is available upon request.

Application Requirements

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

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 for the April appointment.

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 advisor;*
  • A formal letter/personal statement that describes your career goals and how they relate to the internship’s emphasis in School Food Service/Child Nutrition Programs and program goals;
  • Official transcript(s) (points for applicant rankings begin at grade point averages of 3.0.); and
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.

Selected final applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview.

*Candidates accepted to the internship program must provide original copies of these documents to the internship program director.

DICAS Application Overview Video

 

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A final transcript or letter from registrar indicating degree is conferred can be provided.
  • Proof of current medical liability, health, and automobile insurance and a recent physical exam is needed.
  • A successfully completed employment screening and security background investigation conducted through FDACS and a local hospital.

Completion Requirements

Satisfactory performance on all required assignments, projects, curricula, rotation objectives, case studies, presentations, and exams and compliance with agency policies and procedures are required for the successful completion of the Dietetic Internship Program. In addition, interns must demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and must demonstrate good communication, customer service and employability skills.

Program Costs

There are no application or enrollment fees, but interns will need to plan for the following anticipated 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, cost of housing, food and transportation is estimated between $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.

Program Schedule & Components

The program begins the day after Labor Day and concludes the Friday before Memorial Day.

Clinical Rotations (12 weeks)

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Food Service Rotations (Eight weeks)

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Community Rotations (17 weeks)

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Accreditation Status

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Dietetic Internship Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

For more information on ACEND, please contact the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, by phone at 1-800-877-1600, Ext. 5400, or www.eatright.org/ACEND.

Information on licensure in the state of Florida is available at www.floridahealth.gov.

Download Our Brochure

Dietetic Internship Brochure [ Adobe PDF Document 3.03 MB ]

Contact

For additional program information related to expected program completion requirements, graduate outcomes, or any other questions, please contact the internship director in writing to the address below, or by calling 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

Educational Materials

The Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness’s dietetic interns create and develop a variety of materials as part of their dietetic internship program experiences and post-college education requirements.  FNW wants to share and provide these educational materials with others and hope they will assist in promoting health and wellness in schools and communities across Florida.  These materials consist of menus, nutrition education lesson plans, and health and wellness news articles.  

DI List of Educational Resources [ Microsoft Excel Document 10.57 KB ]

Contact Rick Parks at  to request a copy of any of the materials listed.