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.

Applicants are matched with a program through the national D and D matching program in the spring and fall. See the D and D applicant portal for exact dates. Interns who match in the spring will enroll in the internship in July. Interns who match in the fall will enroll in January. Applicants who are matched must have a DPD Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program or foreign equivalent completed, and an earned master’s degree from an accredited university, or able to complete master’s degree by the end of the dietetic internship. A Verification Statement from a DPD indicates that the student has met the requirements of ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

If an applicant has not completed the educational requirements at the time of application, an ‘Intent to Complete’ document from a DPD is required. Once matched to our program, interns must meet all admission criteria, including health and medical clearances and a criminal background search. Interns must have the ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification before the beginning of supervised practice rotations.

AdventHealth Orlando

Dietetic Internship Application Process

8 items. To interact with these items, press Control-Option-Shift-Right Arrow

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 $1,000 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: $50
  • Background check: Varies $50 to $100
  • Respiratory fit testing and drug screen: $80.00
  • Books required:
    • 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 Varicella (chicken pox) or immunity
  • Hepatitis B series (strongly recommended – signed waiver if refused)
  • Flu vaccine

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 within 5 business days prior to start date:

  • Respiratory 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.