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Internship – WIC Track

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 

About the WIC Track

The Florida Department of Health Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children pathway (WIC Track) prepares dietetics practitioners to meet the nutritional needs of diverse populations in Florida as well as support the professional staffing needs of WIC. Additional information about the Florida WIC Program is available at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wic/index.html

Applicants

Preselection pool of Florida Department of Health WIC or Public Health Nutrition employees/volunteers, which includes OPS and contract employees/volunteer who:

  • have a minimum of one year work and/or volunteer experience as a current State of Florida Department of Health (DOH) nutrition employee/volunteer for a Florida WIC and/or Florida Public Health Nutrition Program leading up to the November 1st application deadline. 

  • are currently employed with a DOH agency for at least one year (2080 hours) of continuous regular scheduled hours. (Overtime is excluded.)

  • have approval for application to the internship from a sponsoring county WIC Program in Florida.

Non-Florida Department of Health WIC or Public Health Nutrition employees are eligible to apply for the WIC track through a Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) computer matching for any remaining open positions in the spring. Applicants for this option will need to contact Pasco County Health Department Dietetic Internship program at the end of January regarding unfilled seats.

Work Service Obligation

Instead of paying tuition, interns will be required to sign and fulfill a work service obligation agreement with the Florida Bureau of WIC Program Services upon completion of the internship program requirements. The duration of the length of the work service obligation include the following:

  • Graduates who are Florida DOH employees will be required to fulfill a 3,120 hour work service obligation with the Florida Department of Health Bureau of WIC Program Services.
  • Graduates who are not Florida DOH employees will be required to fulfill a 4,160 hour work service obligation with the Florida Department of Health Bureau of WIC Program Services.   

Class Size

Total of 18 interns:

  • Sixteen full-time interns 
  • Two part-time interns        
Interns are placed in one of four regional internship sites:
  •  Duval County - Four interns
  •  Miami-Dade County - Four interns
  •  Palm Beach County - Four interns
  •  Pasco County - Six interns

Applicants for the program may rank one or more locations as their preferred choice. Selecting a preference for a regional site is not a guarantee of placement. Placement is at the discretion of the Internship Program Director based on ranking and regional availability.

Estimated Time Frame

Interns participating in the WIC Track pathway begin the program in August each year. For full time interns, the program duration is up to nine months. For part-time interns, the program duration is up to 15 months. Duration for full-time and part-time interns to complete this pathway will not exceed beyond 24 months.

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Supervised Practice and Didactic Hours

The WIC Track consists of a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours and 168 didactic education hours within 9 to 24 months.

Supervised Practice

Mandatory completion of 1200 hours: 

  • Community/Public Health Nutrition: 440 hrs
  • Clinical Nutrition: 400 hrs
  • Food Service Management: 360 hrs

Didactic Education

Mandatory completion of a minimum of 168 hours:    

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition:  47 hrs
  • Advanced Public Health Nutrition: 47 hrs
  • Advanced Administrative Food & Nutrition Management:  43 hrs
  • Additional Integrated Didactic Education and Activities Hours:  31 hrs

Program Completion Requirements

A program schedule and completion date is determined based on the requirements of the program, but will not exceed a period of 24 months. The class graduation ceremony is celebrated in June. For completion of the internship, the following program requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours and 168 didactic education hours
  • Completion of all assignments
  • Completion of all scheduled rotations with final evaluation rating of three or above.
  • Completion of each didactic area comprising of assignments and exams with an overall average numeric grade of 80 or above in each didactic area
  • Attendance at all Dietetic Internship meetings