Selection Criteria

Learners must hold an undergraduate degree which meets the academic requirements set by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).

New this year and effective immediately, Dietitians of Canada will no longer be coordinating the annual post-degree Practicum Program Match. All application packages will be submitted directly to NSHA Central Zone Nutrition and Food Services.

A completed application package must be received as indicated below by January 17, 2022. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

 Selected applicants will be invited to take part in skills testing. Interviews will be conducted based on the outcome of the skills test.

Please review carefully as some application information is required electronically and some via paper copies.

Send Electronically

The following is to be sent via email to by deadline above to be considered:

  1. Directly from the Applicant via email:
    1. Resume and cover letter
  2. Directly from University via email:
    1. Confirmation of Completion of Academic Program Form, available at the following link:
  3. Directly from Reference via email:
    1. Three references are required to be sent via email from person providing the reference and using the reference form from Dietitians of Canada:
    2. Please request:
      1. One reference from a faculty member at the university attended.
      2. One reference from a previous employer/volunteer work supervisor.
      3. One Other (please consider a reference from a Dietitian where possible).

Note: references sent via applicants will not be considered.

Hard Copies Required

The following will be sent as one package to the address indicated by deadline above to be considered:

  1. Official transcript of marks from undergraduate program completed to date (must include marks from first semester of current year, indicating any transfer information and relevant post-secondary and graduate courses).

Note: Transcripts are to be in a sealed envelope and signed/stamped across the seal by the institution. Any opened envelopes will result in application package being considered incomplete.

  1. A non-refundable $100 application fee via a cheque made payable to Nutrition and Food Services, NSHA.

Send to:

Nutrition and Food Services

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Room 2353 Veterans’ Memorial Building

5955 Veterans’ Memorial Lane

Halifax, NS

B3H 2E1

Attention: Kathie Pronko

Upon acceptance:

The successful learner will be notified and will be required to pay a $250 program registration fee. This fee is non-refundable. Cheques can be made payable to Nutrition and Food Services. Student and Learner Placement Co-ordinator will be in contact with incoming students to review deadlines for necessary form completion, immunization records and required Criminal records checks.

Please review resource links below.

Criminal record check and immunization requirements:

  • It is a requirement for all staff, students and volunteers to have a Criminal Records Check with a vulnerable sector search done before they are hired.



Please submit all your information, as well as a signed placement agreement and Consent Form - A For Use and Disclosure of Student Information, directly to:

Student/Learner Placement Service
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
1276 South Park Street
Bethune Building, 2nd Floor, Room 235
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2Y9
Tel: (902) 473-6378
Fax: (902) 473-7590

Note: It is advised that students start the immunization requirements and criminal record checks upon acceptance as it can be a lengthy process. Failure to submit on time may delay the commencement of your internship.

Criteria for applicant selection include:

  • Education and Training
  • Relevant Work Experience
  • Leadership Potential and Initiative
  • Organizational Skills
  • Decision-Making Abilities
  • Communication Skills
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Maturity, Insight
  • Compassion
  • Interest in Food
  • Computer Skills are Essential
  • Proficiency in English is Required