Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met in order to apply for the CSU Sacramento Dietetic Internship:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A cumulative AND DPD* grade point average of at least 3.00
  • Verification of completion* of an ADA-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Reliable transportation with appropriate automobile insurance

*Completion of the ADA-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics must be within five years of the program start date.

Desired Criteria (these are given selection priority but are not required):

  • Significant volunteer or work experience in the field of nutrition/dietetics
  • Demonstration of the desire to stay and work in Sacramento, San Joaquin, and / or Placer County

“What makes a strong applicant?”

A common question of applicants is what makes a strong applicant. Although the answer is variable as each intern is unique in their experience and knowledge base, there are a few traits that we have recognized as strong candidates. Do not be discouraged if you do not meet all of these traits…you may have unidentified strong traits.

  • GPA of > 3.5 Nutrition coursework
  • GPA of > 3.0 Science coursework
  • > B grade in each:
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biochemistry
  • > 200 hours of each:
    • Community nutrition
    • Foodservice settings
    • Clinical experience
  • > 6 months experience as a diet technician or nutrition assistant in a hospital clinical / foodservice setting
  • Someone who is self-motivated, organized, dependable, outgoing, perception of lifelong learning, and enthusiastic about the field of dietetics and nutrition