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Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program

Program Updates

Upcoming Events

Sacramento State DI Open House

Our open house took place on January 10, 2022 and was both virtual and in-person. Please contact Kellie Arita at karita@csus.edu if you have any questions.

Open House 2022 Presentation Slides

Changes to RDN Certification

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) an individual to meet all eligibility requirements before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023.

Read more about changes to RDN process

Our Program

The California State University, Sacramento Dietetic Internship Program is a 42-week internship* that currently accepts 10 interns annually during the spring.

The program is structured to provide a combination of full-time supervised practice with a minimum of 1260 hours* plus 10 units of graduate didactic coursework that will fulfill the Core Competencies for Dietitians. 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
  • Concentration Areas:
    • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    • Advocacy and Public Policy

In addition to these areas of study, Sacramento State Family and Consumer Sciences faculty and a variety of guest speakers will present current topics in dietetics to support supervised practice. At this time, we do not offer a master’s graduate program with our dietetic internship.

Learn More About Program Concentrations Here

*Note: In accordance to ACEND's guidelines due to COVID-19 restrictions, our program provides a minimum of 1000 hours (~38 weeks) of supervised practice. This is subject to change.


A signed verification form from your undergraduate program is necessary before proceeding with the dietetic internship. Successful completion of this dietetic internship after following a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) allows the intern to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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

Program Expectations

To facilitate learning and achieve the mission of the Sacramento State Dietetic Internship, interns enrolled in the program are expected to follow all policies, procedures, and expectations as reviewed during Orientation.

A variety of educational approaches are used to facilitate student learning based on the ACEND requirements, mission and goals of the program, and the local job market. Interns are required to enroll in graduate coursework.

The courses provide a variety of learning experiences provided as lectures, presentations, class discussions, unique facility tours, guest lectures, and assignments that correlate with didactic competencies. Given our program mission and objectives, classroom lectures, field trip activities, role-playing, simulations, problem-based learning, case studies, and involvement in the community, clinical and food service organizations provide a comprehensive education along with networking, exposure, training and practice experience in the various dietetic careers to accomplish each required competency.

Various educational approaches are incorporated into the internship to improve student learning. The interaction with multiple area dietitians in various settings aims to increase interns’ interest and awareness in dietetics while meeting ACEND competencies. Our program will develop personal and professional attitudes and values, ethical practices, leadership, and decision-making skills required to become a successful dietitian. Professionalism is emphasized in the supervised practice and throughout the program.

Competencies that develop leadership and decision-making skills relevant to practice include: learning to recognize and influence the legislative process in the practice of dietetics; utilizing professional communication skills in the practice of dietetics; and establishing a program for professional development. The latter includes joining professional organizations and attending professional meetings. All interns are required to attend the CA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference amongst other local meetings.

Meet Our Faculty and Interns

DI Faculty

Meet Our Faculty

Group Photo: Dietetic Interns, 2021

Application Process

Applications for the Sacramento State dietetic internship program are accepted through DICAS only. Please refer to our FAQ tab if you have additional questions.

What to include in your DICAS application packet:

  1. Documentation (through screenshot or scan) of paying the application fee of $50. Include this as a supplementary document. Your application will not be reviewed if this receipt is not attached.
  2. Personal statement responding to the following Sac State prompts:
    • Describe your interest in the dietetics profession.
    • What in particular about our program interests you?
    • Please describe your interest in our emphases: advocacy and public policy and/or disease prevention and health promotion.
    • Describe your ability to work independently.
    • What qualities do you have that make you a good match for Sac State? Why our program?
    • 8,000 characters or approximately 1,000 word limit
  3. Mailing in a cover sheet is no longer necessary.

Admission Requirements:

  • Overall DPD GPA of 3.0 or greater (or a Master's degree)
  • MNT grade(s) of B or higher within 5 years
  • Completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics

FAQ

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: Due to campus and healthcare facility regulations, our program requires full vaccination and mask usage prior to the start of the internship. No exemptions will be accepted.

During our virtual Open House, we received many questions in our Zoom chat box and had our faculty, interns, and preceptors provide their answers. We've compiled these answers along with expansion from our director and additional frequently asked questions into the document below.

Dietetic Internship Eligibility

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at an approved institution are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice; however, California does not require licensure at this time.

Intern Highlights

Elana Schulman's Eat Smart: Eat Heart-Healthy Video

Shannon Mai's MyPlate Video

Viviana Gonzales's Picky Eaters and Vegetables Handout