Selection Criteria

Our program selection criteria include:

  • A DPD verification statement from ACEND accredited DPD program completed, and:
    • An earned master’s degree from accredited university, or
    • An earned bachelor’s degree and able to complete master’s degree by the end of the internship.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average: 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system); Science GPA minimum: 2.75; DPD GPA minimum: 3.3
  • Work or volunteer experience in food service, a hospital, a nutrition-related field or customer service
  • Reference letters from two professors and one employer
  • Personal statement (see Dietetic Internship Application Process)
  • Interview (selected students will receive an email with a time frame for interview)
  • Leadership ability
  • Application fee of $100

The AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program seeks to fill internship positions via the computer matching program. Applicants should complete the online centralized internship application (DICAS). The application information and materials are also located on the website.

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Dietetic Internship Application Process

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Tuition and Fees

Expenses: Program tuition rates, fees, and related expenses are subject to change. These expenses represent a good faith estimate to disclose the actual cost of attendance.

  • Tuition: $12,000 per internship program. To acknowledge your intention to join this program, a non-refundable confirmation fee of $1,500 is due at time of acceptance. The balance of tuition is due 4 weeks prior to the start of the internship.
  • Application Fee (non-refundable): $100
  • Liability Insurance: $35 *Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern
  • Health Insurance: Varies *Securing health insurance is the responsibility of the intern
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership: $58
  • Background check: Varies $50 to $100
  • Respiratory fit testing and drug screen: $80.00
  • Books suggested:
    • KRAUSE’S FOOD and THE NUTRITION CARE PROCESS, Mahan and Raymond, current edition
  • Lab coat (1): $50 (one additional lab coat to be provided by Nutritional Services Dept.)
  • Housing: securing housing is the responsibility of the intern
  • Background clearance by the Department of Health


  • Applications are incomplete without the application fee at time of DICAS deadline. See "Dietetic Internship Application Process" for details.

AdventHealth Orlando is not an eligible educational institution and therefore:

  • does not offer financial aid
  • may not issue the Form 1098-T
  • may not issue the F-1 or I-20 student visas

Health Clearance

Each intern must meet the AdventHealth intern immunization requirements which are provided upon acceptance into the program. These and all other clearance forms must be completed and submitted to AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program within 30 to 60 days prior to the internship start date.

AdventHealth Orlando requirements for health clearance for interns include the following (subject to change per AdventHealth policy)

  • PPD completed within 90 days of internship start date.
  • Proof of Rubeola and Rubella antibody titer
  • Proof of MMR Vaccination
  • Proof of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination or immunity by titer
  • Hepatitis B series (or signed waiver if declined)
  • Proof of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) (or signed waiver if decline)
  • Proof of Flu vaccine (during flu season: October-March)
  • Proof of COVID-19 (or signed waiver if decline)

Additional AdventHealth Orlando requirement to be completed 60 days prior to internship start date:

  • Level 2 background check (specific instructions will be provided upon acceptance)

AdventHealth Orlando intern requirements to be completed at AdventHealth Centra Care Colonial Town:

  • Respiratory Mask Fit Test
  • Drug Test

If an intern has not submitted all required clearances prior to the deadlines defined above, the slot in the internship program may be forfeited.

All interns are required to submit to any health and background clearances that are required by individual supervised practice sites such as WIC in addition to the AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program general requirements. Completion of all ancillary testing and checks is the responsibility of the intern.