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:

You can apply online through admissions.fsu.edu/graduate.

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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3. Submit Application Fee

Deadline: February 1st

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

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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.


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)

Core Courses:

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

For a clinical nutrition emphasis:
There are two coursework options available.

  • Nutrition Science
  • Food Science

Both are towards the M.S. in Food and Nutrition. Each option requires specific graduate courses to meet the optional focus. Non-thesis majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination composed by their respective graduate committees. Thesis majors are required to successfully complete and defend a research thesis.

For a sports nutrition emphasis:
Students must complete the requirements for the sports nutrition major towards the M.S. in Exercise Science. If a student did not complete an undergraduate course in exercise physiology (a required prerequisite), a course is offered at the graduate level. Non-thesis majors are required to pass a comprehensive examination composed by their respective graduate committees. Thesis majors are required to successfully complete and defend a research thesis.


Master’s thesis students must complete:

Course # Hours Name
HUN 5971r 6 Thesis
HUN 8976r 0 Thesis Defense

Non-Master’s thesis students complete:

Course # Hours Name
HUN 8966r 0 Comprehensive Examination

Enrolled doctoral students must complete all requirements for their doctoral degree, as well as:

Course # Hours Name
DIE 5248 3 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
DIE 5935 3 Current Topics in Dietetics
(And the core courses listed above if not taken while earning their M.S. degree)

Internship Hours

Internship hours vary by specialization. However, all students must complete the following supervised experience (SE) hours:

Length (weeks) Type Hours
12 Clinical Nutrition 480
4 Community Nutrition 160
4 Food Service Management 160
4 Flex Rotations (may be in any of the above) 160
Total Core Internship Hours: 960

Note: 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.


Area of Concentration

Students must choose one area of nutrition concentration:

Clinical Nutrition Sports Nutrition
Six (6) weeks* in specialized clinical facilities with two (2) weeks of CICU staff relief. Four (4) months* practical experience at a sports nutrition facility (640 hours)
Facilities include:
Cancer Centers, Pediatric, Pulmonary, Dialysis Centers
Facilities include:
Athletes Performance, IMG Performance
General Core (960 hours) 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: 1,200 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 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

Year 1
Fall Spring Summer
9 – 13 hours 9 – 14 hours 6 – 10 hours
  • HUN 5242 – Carbohydrates, Fats, & Proteins – 3
  • HUN 5802 & 5802L – Research Design & Methodology – 3
  • DIE 5248 – Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy – 3
  • HUN 6930 – Graduate Seminar – 1
  • Elective – 3
  • Orientation & Advising Meetings
  • HUN 5243 – Vitamins & Minerals – 3
  • DIE 5938 – Nutrition Counseling – 3
  • HUN 5390 and/or FOS 5930 – Graduate Seminar – 1
  • EDF 5400 – Basic Description & Inferential Statistics Applications – 4
  • HUN 5938 – Nutrition Counseling
  • Orientation & Advising Meetings
  • 8-12 weeks of internship rotations

 

Year 1
Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Remaining hours of coursework
  • Organizational & Advising meetings
  • Remaining weeks of internship rotations (12 hours)

Requirements for verification of completion of the internship program

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 removal of a student from the Internship.


Placement

The FSU Dietetics Internship utilizes a variety of facilities for the supervised practice experience.

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
  • 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

Sports nutrition rotations are conducted at:

  • FSU Moore Athletic Training Center
  • Athletes’ Performance world class training facilities in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina or California
  • IMG Sports Performance Institute (Bradenton, FL)
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