The CSU Sacramento Dietetic Internship program provides a choice of concentrations. Interns may select from:
- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion or
- Advocacy and Public Policy
Each concentration represents at least four weeks of the program or 128 hours.
The program's curriculum is designed to meet all of the competency statements/learning outcomes for dietetic internships.
What is our role as nutrition professionals in disease prevention and health promotion? Read the Academy position paper.
Public policy and advocacy are vital for achieving the mission, vision, and goals that encompass improving the nation's health and advancing the profession. Read more about the 2012-2014 Academy public policy priorities.
What are the program benefits?
In addition to the general benefits of completing any dietetic internship, our program provides multiple benefits:
- The opportunity to work under the supervision of professionals that volunteer to give you experience opportunities. Our preceptors choose to spend time with you.
- Multiple networking opportunities with a variety of professionals in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Nevada, and Placer Counties. Networking during your internship can quickly carry you into a successful career. Our interns create an impression and develop connections during their internship that often relate into job opportunities after graduation.
- Multiple settings equal multiple experiences. Our program offers a variety of practice experience from intense acute care nutrition support settings to community outreach and project development. By placing interns in a variety of settings, they are able to develop more nutrition therapy approaches, network with expert professionals, and develop a broader sense of career opportunities. Interns will work with a variety of clinical and administrative dietitians and foodservice managers who have varied specialties, specialty certifications and advanced degrees.
- Interns gain 10 units of graduate credit for academic experiences.
- The opportunity to work with a culturally diverse population.
- The opportunity to participate in patient care as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team that may include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, discharge planners and pharmacists.
- The opportunity to participate in community outreach events, public speaking engagements, teaching, research and media opportunities. For example, one of our past interns taught cooking segments for a local news station! Our groups of interns make a difference in the community.
- Interns get two weeks of vacation.
- Interns have access to campus resources and a free campus email account.
- Elective rotation designed by the intern to enhance personal learning and career development.
- Staff relief experience which builds confidence and demonstrates competency.