FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Internship Program



The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University has a long history of dietetic education.  Since the 1970s, the Department has successfully prepared dietetic practitioners through a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and a Coordinated Program (CP).  As part of the continuous quality improvement of our dietetics’ programs, the Department has established a Dietetic Internship (DI) Program.  Having the DI associated with a graduate degree will allow for an easier transition in the future to the model proposed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) (accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for integrated knowledge and experiential learning in one program at the graduate level for entry level dietetics’ practice.

This internship has been granted Candidacy for Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The address and telephone number for ACEND® is:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040


Students who meet the admissions’ criteria on the application and have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics approved or accredited by ACEND® are eligible to apply. The DI will participate in the preselect option not in the computer matching option.


Application Deadline

Applicants will be notified of their admission by…

Internship will begin…

December 1, 2016

January 15, 2017

Summer 2017 (May 1, 2017)

July 1, 2017

August 15, 2017

Spring 2018 (January 2018)

The Dietetic Internship Program does not grant credit for prior learning for any portion of the internship components. All interns must successfully complete the required courses, practica and number of supervised practice hours to receive a DI verification statement.

Once accepted, students are expected to follow the facilities (preceptor) work schedules. Some practica may require the student working a longer day or ten-hour days. Many facilities work six-seven days a week with flexible scheduling. The intern does not abide by the University calendar while enrolled in DIE 5946 Advanced Supervised Dietetics Practice I and DIE 5947 Advanced Supervised Dietetics Practice II.  There are no breaks between semesters or holidays.  In addition, students are required to be available six weeks prior to start date of practicum so that they can attend orientation and/or complete additional facility requirements.

Students are required and expected to complete all assignments and experiences in two consecutive semesters and finish the program. Successful completion of this program will result in the receipt of a DI Verification Statement which establishes eligibility to take the national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the exam results in the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) credential and eligibility to apply for state licensure in those states that provide licensure for dietitians.


The mission of the Internship Program in Dietetics at Florida International University is to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian/nutritionists through experiential learning and evidence-based practice who are leaders, ethically and culturally proficient. The program is committed to training qualified practitioners who provide dietetic services that promote eating and lifestyle behaviors that enhance health and quality of life.


Goal 1.  Graduates will be prepared for entry-level practice as registered dietitian/nutritionists (RDN).

Objective 1.1 At least 85% of the interns will successfully complete the internship requirements within 150% (3 semesters) of the time planned for completion (2 semesters).

Objective 1.2 Over a five year period, 80% of those who successfully complete the internship program will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.

Objective 1.3 At least 85% of those who complete the internship program and graduate with a master’s degree will find employment in the field of dietetics within twelve months of graduation.

Goal 2.  The program graduates will meet expectations of employers.

Objective 2.1 In the first year of employment, at least 85% of employers will indicate they were very satisfied with the educational preparation of program alumni for entry-level practice.

Objective 2.2 At least 80% of employers will be very satisfied that program alumni have ethical judgment and decision-making.

Objective 2.3 At least 80% of employers will be very satisfied that program alumni have knowledge and awareness of peoples from other cultures.

Objective 2.4 At least 80% of employers would be very likely to hire more graduates from our program.

Goal 3.  The program graduates will demonstrate leadership in evidence-based practice.

Objective 3.1 At least 80% of those who complete the internship and pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians will incorporate evidence-based practice into their professional activities and decisions.

*Outcome data for goals and objectives are available upon request.


Estimated Costs for the 2015-16 Academic Year


Estimated Cost

In-state graduate tuition cost for two semesters, including university fees ($2,298.23 x 2 semesters)* (12 credits; 6 each semester)


Out-of-state graduate tuition cost for two semesters, including university fees ($6,204.53 x 2 semesters)* (12 credits; 6 each semester)


Practicum fee ($150.00 x 12 credits)


Books & Supplies


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Membership Fee


Off Campus Housing and Meals**


Transportation to supervised practice rotation sites

$50-200 (variable)

Drug Screen through American Databank (if required by supervised practice site)


Health insurance***


Liability insurance****

covered by program

Computer/Cell Phone (if needed)



$20,698.46 (in-state)

$28,511.06 (out-of-state)

*Please note that this is only an estimated tuition cost based on the tuition calculator from the Controller’s office ( and may fluctuate per the academic year. Exact tuition cost and fees should be confirmed through the One Stop office (

**Off-campus housing estimates are based on an individual’s costs for renting an apartment, including utilities. Rental costs are based on a bi-annual survey of law student housing costs. The estimated annual food cost is based on costs of meals ($4,440) established by the US Department of Agriculture liberal food plan.

***All interns are required to have health insurance. Documentation of health insurance coverage is required prior to beginning the internship. More information can be found in this handbook under Insurance Requirements.

**** Florida International University carries professional liability protection for its student enrolled in health practitioner programs. This policy insures all dietetic students in the State University System of Florida.

Students in the program may have the opportunity for monetary support through the financial aid office (, graduate school ( or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (


Department of Dietetics & Nutrition

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 312
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-2879
Fax: 305-348-1996
Email: (B.S. program information) (M.S. program information) (Ph.D. program information)

Fatma G. Huffman, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor and Chair

Laurie Holmes
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-2879

Julia Gonzalez-Pampin, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Phone: 305-348-4902

Denise Medrano, M.S.
Academic Advisor 
Phone: 305-348-7776 

Ginelle Bou Nassar
Program Assistant
Phone: 305-348-2878

Joan A. Marn, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Clinical Instructor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Phone: 305-348-7303