About our Program

The California State University Sacramento Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is a 42-week internship providing full-time supervised practice with a minimum of 1300 hours of planned experience plus 10 units of graduate didactic coursework that will fulfill the Core Competencies for Dietitians. Successful completion of this dietetic internship after following a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), allows the Intern to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. A signed verification form from your undergraduate program is necessary before proceeding with the dietetic internship.

Supervised practice at a variety of health care and community facilities is divided into five areas: Clinical Dietetics, Food Service Management, Community Nutrition, Outpatient Dietetics, and the intern's selected Concentration Area, either Disease Prevention and Health Promotion OR Advocacy and Public Policy.

The program is structured to provide a combination of didactic coursework and full-time supervised practice. CSUS Family and Consumer Science faculty and a variety of guest speakers present current topics in dietetics that support supervised practice. At this time, we do not offer a master’s graduate program with our dietetic internship.

A two-week vacation is scheduled during the winter holidays, taking into consideration facility accommodations. Practice sites may require some weekend and holiday work.


The California State University Sacramento State Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. 

Contact information for ACEND is:
120 South Riverside Plaza, Ste. 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040