Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are some common questions that prospective interns usually have for internship programs... and some answers our interns have provided regarding the internship at CSU Sacramento

How much does the internship cost?

There are no program fees. However, Interns matriculate as post-baccalaureate students through the Office of Graduate Studies. Resident tuition and additional University fees have totaled approximately $9,500 - $11,000. You will have additional expenses for books, transportation and living as well. Please see CSU Sacramento Student Registration & Advising Guide for up-to-date tuition and other fees.

Is financial aid available?

All applicants to the Dietetic Internship Program should consider applying to the ADA Foundation for Scholarships. Please visit the ADA website at www.eatright.org for details. For additional scholarship opportunities, contact state and local dietetic associations. Be aware that most of these groups have deadline dates for scholarship applications that are about the same time that the internship applications are due. Check the dates.

Can tuition be paid in installments?

Yes. The University offers an installment payment plan for Fall and Spring semesters. The tuition fees installment plan requires that tuition fees and campus fees are paid in four installments. The down payment represents the campus fees (Instructional Related Activities, Associated Students Inc. Programs, Intercollegiate Athletics/Spirit Leaders, Recreational Sports, Transportation, Health Facilities, University Union, Health Services, and Hornet Newspaper Fee) and a one-time $33.00 non-refundable administrative fee. Please see CSU Sacramento Student Registration & Advising Guide for installment plan information and due dates.

If I am not from the area, where should I live?

Interns will be advised on where to live approximately 2-3 months prior to the start of the program. Interns that come to the program from outside areas typically find housing together in the Sacramento or Elk Grove regions. Sometimes, Interns have family in the region and have been able to coordinate housing that way.

How many Interns does the program accept?

The program accepts 8 Interns per year.

How many applications do you typically receive?

In the last few years, we have received between 75– 120 applications.

What do you look for in an Intern?

There is a minimum cumulative AND DPD GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted into our program. These are the typical characterisitcs of our past Interns:


  • Cumulative GPA >3.2
  • DPD GPA >3.33
  • Science GPA >3.0

Work experience that has provided transferable professional skills such as, but not limited to:

  • Time management
  • Supervision
  • Task planning and follow-through
  • Self-directed behaviors
  • Positive References
  • Strong, positively worded letter of application
  • Well-rounded, motivated and adaptable individual

When does the program begin and end?

The program begins in mid-late August and is a 12-month program.

Would it be possible to work a part-time job during the internship?

A regular job during the internship is impossible, and a part-time job is not recommended. Work performance demands are significant during the program, and extended days and weekend availability are often unpredictable. The Dietetic Internship Program strongly encourages dietetic interns to seriously consider the impact of working outside of the internship on their ability to successfully complete the internship.

What are my work hours during the internship?

The Dietetic Internship Program is rigorous. The intern will spend, at a minimum, between 54 and 60 hours per week on graduate classes, practicum rotations, projects, reading assignments and homework. The graduate courses include projects, assignments, quizzes and tests in addition to those assigned by the Preceptors in the practice sites. Intern will often find themselves working on several projects simultaneously. Interns are expected to drive to their practicum sites. A car, car insurance, and a driver’s license are needed. Please consider the cost of car maintenance and fuel in budget calculations.

Are there any breaks during the internship?

Interns receive two weeks of vacation during the 12-month program - one week during winter holiday (typically the last week of December), and one week during late Spring/early Summer.

What types of supervised practice rotations do the Interns experience?

Please see information about the types of supervised practice rotations interns experience in Rotations.

Do you participate in the Dietetic Internship Computer Application Service (DICAS)?

Yes, our program participates in DICAS.

Do I need to take my GRE and apply to the graduate school in addition to the internship program?

NO, you do not need to take the GRE NOR apply to the graduate school. Graduate student processing occurs ONLY for those who successfully match into our program.

What if I don't get matched into an internship, do you have any advice?

Students have reapplied a second time to our program and have been accepted. If you do not receive an internship, the best advice is to contact the program director and discuss your application materials. General advice - improve your application by obtaining work experience, receiving stronger recommendations, reassess your personal statement and revise as needed, or broaden your pool of programs that better match your profile.