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

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 $8,200 (California resident - $11,800 (Non-resident). 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.
All applicants to the Dietetic Internship Program should consider applying to the AND Foundation for Scholarships. Please visit the AND website at 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.
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.
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.
The program accepts 8 Interns per year.
In the last few years, we have received between 50-85 applications.
There is a minimum cumulative AND DPD GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted into our program. These are the typical characteristics of our past Interns:
  • Cumulative GPA >3.3
  • 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
The program begins in mid-late August and is a 10-month program ending mid-June.
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.
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. Interns 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.
Interns receive two weeks of vacation during the 10-month program - two weeks during winter holiday (typically the last two weeks of December).
Please see information about the types of supervised practice rotations interns experience in Rotations.
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.
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.