Prospective Interns

Apply to FSU Graduate Program

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:

  1. Master's of Science in Food and Nutrition
  2. Master's of Science in Exercise Physiology, major in Sports Nutrition

You can apply online through admissions.fsu.edu/graduate. The deadline is December 15th (prior to the first fall semester that you intend to begin the dietetic internship program).

Apply to the Dietetic Internship Program

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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).

Submit Application Fee

An internship application fee of $40 must be received by the dietetics internship application deadline of February 1st.

You have two options:

  1. You can pay online via the FSU Foundation form ; or,
  2. Mail a check (made payable to FSU Foundation) to:
    Dr. Maria Spicer
    120 Convocation Way, Sandels Bldg. Room 400
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1493

An option to consider is to apply for admission to the graduate program first and then, as a current graduate student, apply for the dietetic internship the following year.

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 committee's assessment of each individual's potential, both in the program and as a practicing dietitian. 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.

Estimated Graduate Costs for 2016-2017 Academic Year

(IP Standards 22.1.d, 22.1.i)

  Florida Residents Non-Florida Residents
Tuition & Fees $13,420.96 $31,100.16
Room (Housing) $11,236.40  
Board (Foot / Meals) $5,667.20  
Books & Supplies $1,400.00  
Transportation $2,111.20  
Personal $5,857.60  
Total $39,693.36 $57,372.56
  • The tuition and fee estimate was for the 2016 fall semester was $479.32 per credit hour for in-state residents and $1110.72 per credit hour for out-of-state residents. The actual budgets used to award aid may vary slightly to comply with tuition changes, etc.
  • The budgets above are for three semesters (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017) of regular study at the Tallahassee campus, and are based on 12 credits per Fall/Spring semester and 4 credits during the Summer semester.
  • This program requires 53-57 credit hours (depending on no-thesis or thesis track) for completion of the MS-DI program.
  • For information on financial assistance, visit the FSU Financial Aid Office.

Additional Program Costs 
(same for Non-Florida Residents)

AND Annual Membership $50
Student Liability Insurance ~ $35
Background Check $75
Immunizations and Drug Testing varies
Lab Coat ~ $32

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)

Curriculum

Supervised practice experiences in the internship are scheduled to efficiently utilize student time while considering preceptor and site availability. Completion of the internship is based on completion of supervised practice experiences and completion of the graduation requirements for the thesis or non-thesis options of the M.S. degree in Nutrition and Food Science or the M.S. degree in Exercise Science (majoring in sports nutrition). Requirements needed for graduation are noted in the full policy and procedures description of this accredited internship. (For graduate degree requirements see the FSU Graduate Bulletin, as well as visiting the College's graduate website for the NFES Handbook and Student Policies). (IP Standard 22.1.h)

View the M.S. in Nutrition & Food Science +DI curriculum

View the M.S. in Exercise Physiology (sports nutrition) +DI curriculum

Core courses for dietetics internship students:

HUN 5242 Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins (3)
HUN 5243 Vitamins and Minerals (3)
DIE 5248 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)
Statistics any equivalent graduate level statistics course (4)
HUN 5802 + 5802L Research Design and Methodology (3)
HUN 5938 Nutrition Counseling (3)
DIE 5935 Current Topics in Dietetics (3)
HUN 6940 Supervised Teaching (1)
Graduate Seminar 3 credit hours (HUN 6930, HUN 5930, FOS 5930)

Within the clinical nutrition emphasis, 3 course work options are available: nutrition science, food science, and, nutrition education and health promotion for the M.S. in Food and Nutrition. Each of these options requires specific graduate courses to meet the option focus. Non-thesis majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination composed by their respective Graduate Committees while thesis majors are required to successfully complete and defend a research thesis.

For the sports nutrition specialization, completion of the requirements for the major in sports nutrition for the M.S. in Exercise Science is required.  If the student has not had an undergraduate course in exercise physiology, this prerequisite course is offered at the graduate level.  Non-thesis majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination composed by their respective Graduate Committees while thesis majors are required to successfully complete and defend a research thesis.

Master's thesis students must complete:

HUN 5971r Thesis(6) and HUN 8976r Thesis Defense (0)

Alternatively, non-master's thesis students complete:

HUN 8966r Comprehensive Examination (0)

Doctoral students enrolled in the Internship must complete all the requirements for the doctoral degree as well as:

DIE 5248 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)

DIE 5935 Current Topics in Dietetics (3)

And the courses listed above if they have not taken them in their MS studies.

Internship hours vary by specialization. All students must complete the following hours of supervised experience (SE): 

12 weeks* of clinical nutrition for a total of 480 hours
4 weeks* of community nutrition for a total of 160 hours
4 weeks* of food service management for a total of 160 hours
4 weeks* of flex rotations which may be in any of the above, for a total of 160 hours
Total Core Hours 960 Hours

In addition to graduate requirements for research design & methodology, proposal writing, current literature review papers and seminars are considered part of 100 hours of SE in the graduate program. Completing the graduate program is integral to completion of the dietetics internship.

Students must choose one areas of concentration (clinical or sports)

Clinical Nutrition concentration requires:  
6 weeks* in specialized clinical facilities with 2 weeks of CICU staff relief. Such facilities include:
  • cancer centers
  • pediatric
  • pulmonary
  • dialysis center
240 hours
General Core Hours 960 hours
Total Hours SE 1200 Hours
Sports Nutrition concentration requires:  
Supervised practice experience in laboratory setting and completion of the sports nutrition major. Labs include:
  • PET 6930 - Applied Exercise Physiology
  • PET 5355 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • PET 5553 - Cardiopulmonary Evaluation
40 hours

4 months* practical experience at a sports nutrition facility. Such facilities include:

  • Athletes Performance
  • IMG Performance
640 hours
General Core Hours 960 hours
Total Hours SE 1600 Hours

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 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.

Example of Typical Curriculum for Non-Thesis Master's Students in the Internship (IP Standard 22.1.g)

Year 1

Fall Semester
Course Work (9-13 credit hours)

HUN 5242 Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins (3)
HUN 5802 & 5802L Research Design and Methodology (3)
DIE 5248 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)
HUN 6930 Graduate Seminar (S/U) (1)
Elective (3 credit hours)
Orientation and Advising Meetings  

Spring Semester
Course Work (9-14 credit hours)

HUN 5243 Vitamins and Minerals (3)
DIE 5938 Nutrition Counseling (3)
HUN 5390 and/or FOS 5930 Graduate Seminar (1 each)
EDF 5400 Basic Description and Inferential Statistics Applications (4)
HUN 5938 Nutrition Counseling
Organizations and Advising Meetings  

Summer
8-12 Weeks of Internship Rotations (6-10 credit hours)

Year 2

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters
Course Work (remaining hours)
Organizational and Advising Meetings
Remaining weeks of Internship Rotations (12 credit hours)

Requirements for verification of completion of the internship program:

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

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  2. A grade of B- or better in HUN 5242, HUN 5243 and DIE 5248. For sports nutrition specialists, a grade of B- or better in PET5355c, PET5553 and PET5367 is required.
  3. A grade of C or better in all other required courses and in any other courses applied towards graduation.
  4. Completion of HUN 8945r with a grade of "S".
  5. Attendance at all official Internship meetings.
  6. 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 removal of a student from the Internship.

Placement: The FSU Dietetics Internship utilizes a variety of facilities for the supervised practice experience. The clinical and food service 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, the Baycare Health System hospitals in the Tampa area, Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, the North Florida South Georgia VA Hospital, ARAMARK at FSU, various County Public School Food Service systems, DaVita and Fresenius Renal Dialysis Clinics, Center Pointe Health and Rehabilitation, and, 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 rotations at the 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, the FL State Department of Agriculture, and, the FL State Department of Health.

Sports nutrition rotations are conducted at the FSU Moore Athletic Training Center, at Athletes’ Performance world class training facilities in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina or California, or, at IMG Sports Performance Institute in Bradenton, FL.