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Dietetic Internship

Program Concentrations

The CSU Sacramento Dietetic Internship program provides a choice of concentrations.  Interns may select from:

  1. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion or
  2. Advocacy and Public Policy

Concentration Area 1: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The Disease Prevention and Health Promotion concentration focusing on the role nutrition and food science impart on preventing disease and promoting health. Our rotations emphasize and provide unique opportunities for Interns to specialize in health promotion as well as disease prevention. Our curriculum was originally designed with both a clinical and disease prevention emphasis thereby making this concentration a natural fit. The competencies for this concentration include delivering education programs to promote worksite wellness, demonstrating proficiency in using nutrition informatics to maximize delivery and reach of nutrition information, and reviewing and assessing data to provide evidence of prevention programs or health service expenses as cost-saving measures for organizations. 

Concentration Area 2: Advocacy and Public Policy

The concentration of Advocacy and Public Policy was chosen for two reasons. First, CSU Sacramento has a strong public policy undergraduate and graduate program. The DI is nearby the capital of the State of California, which affords us the opportunity for rotations with policy makers such as senators and legislators and with the State of California Department of Public Health services where many public health policy programs are administered. The competencies for this concentration area emphasize developing and delivering content to promote current initiatives of an organization, demonstrating an understanding of the influence of policy and legislation on prevention programs, understanding and participating in legislative activities involved in reform benefiting health and wellness constituents, and understanding and participating in current public policy activities of focus in California.

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, AND Advocacy and Public Policy .

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.