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Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program

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The link to Pay the Sac State DI Application Fee is now available. Be sure to include a copy of the receipt for paying this fee in your DICAS application.

Some tips for Applying to the Sac State DI and MS/DI

  1. The DICAS application deadline is Thursday, February 15 @ 11:59 pm Central Time (9:59 pm Pacific Time)
  2. Make sure that your DICAS application is submitted for the program you are applying to: DI Only or MS/DI. DICAS Website
  3. Be sure to pay your $50 application fee to Sac State and include evidence of paying that fee in your DICAS application. The link to Pay the Sac State DI Application Fee is now available: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csusacevent?CNAME=DIETETIC Be sure to include a copy of the receipt for paying this fee in your DICAS application.
  4. Sac State also participates in the ‘Match’. You will also need to set up a DnD Digital Account, which is the matching portal where applicants rank the programs to which they apply. Be sure that you list the correct program that you are applying to at Sac State.
  5. Review the slides and/or the recording from our January 8, 2024, Open House for tips and insights.

The DICAS portal for our programs is now open!

  • We are seeking to recruit 4 Interns who will have a DPD Verification Statement by August 2024 and their Master’s Degree completed by August 2024. We are seeking approval from ACEND to also accept people who expect their Master’s degree to be completed by May 2024 for one of these 4 spots.
  • We are also seeking 7 people who will have a DPD Verification Statement by August 2024 to be MS/DI students during 2024-2026.

Changes to RDN Certification

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

Meet Our Director

Nadine Braunstein, PhD, RD, FAND has been the Dietetic Internship (DI) Director and faculty member at Sacramento State since August 2017, and served as the DI Director at UMass Amherst from 2005-2009. Email: braunstein@csus.edu.

Nadine Braunstein

Meet Our 2023-2024 Dietetics Interns

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2023-2024 MS/DI Scholars

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Meet Our 2022-2023 Interns

2022-2023 Dietetic Interns

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Interested in learning more?

Open House Sessions

See below to watch a recording of our January 2023 Open House session and the related presentation slides (both for our DI as well as the MS/DI) utilized during this session. Please reach out if you have additional questions about our program.

2024 Open House Recording

2024 DI Open House Slides

2023 Open House Recording

2023 DI Open House Slides

MS/DI Open House Slides

How The Program Works

The California State University, Sacramento Dietetic Internship Program is a 9-month internship that will provide full-time supervised practice with a minimum of 1000 hours of planned experience, some hours of "Alternate Suervised Practice" if rotation sites are unavailable due to COVID-19, and 27 units of graduate didactic coursework that will fulfill the Core Competencies for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

We are currently offering two pathways:

  1. The first is only the 9-month internship detailed above. This option is relevant if you have completed your Master's degree or will have an anticipated completion date by the time the internship is completed. Of 10 accredited spots, there will be 3 spots available for this option.
  2. The second is a combined, 21-month long Master's DI. Interns who are accepted into this combined MS/DI will complete coursework during the first year (3 classes per semester). During the second year of supervised practice, interns will enroll in 2 classes per semester. Of 10 accredited spots, there will be 7 spots available for this option.

For applications due February 15th, 2024, we are seeking ...

  • 4 interns for the 2024-2025 DI only class. You must have a DPD Verification Statement by August 2024 and complete your Master's degree by May 2025.
  • 7 interns who have a DPD Verification Statement by August 2024 for the 2024-2026 MS/DI class. The DI component will be completed 2025-2026.

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.

Learn More About Program Concentrations Here

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 CSU Sacramento Dietetic Internship, interns enrolled in the program are expected to follow all policies and 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 and the CA Academy Advocacy Summit. Interns are also required to be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Northern Area District.

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 [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/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.

Application Process

Applications for the Sacramento State dietetic internship program are accepted through DICAS only. Please email the DI Director (braunstein@csus.edu) 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.
    • Pay your application fee (link in process)
    • Note: Our $50 application fee is separate from the DICAS first program designation application fee of $50 (and $25 for each additional DICAS program designation).
  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?
    • For MS/DI applicants only: Please describe your research interests.
    • 8,000 characters or approximately 1,000 word limit
  3. Please include 3 letters of recommendation, with at least one from a college/university professor and one from a work supervisor (preferably in a position that relates to nutrition/dietetics/food.
  4. 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
  • DPD Verification Statement by the start of the program (or Intent to Complete form in DICAS)

Accreditation

Accreditation Information

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