About our Program

The California State University Sacramento Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is a 42-week internship that currently accepts 10 interns annually during the spring.  The program provides full-time supervised practice with a minimum of 1260 hours of planned experience plus 10 units of graduate didactic coursework that will fulfill the Core Competencies for Dietitians.  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 Dietitian Nutritionists.  

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, and the intern's selected Concentration Area, either Disease Prevention and Health Promotion OR Advocacy and Public Policy.

The program is structured to provide a combination of didactic coursework and full-time supervised practice. CSUS Family and Consumer Science faculty and a variety of guest speakers present current topics in dietetics that support supervised practice. At this time, we do not offer a master’s graduate program with our dietetic internship.

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


The California State University Sacramento State Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. 

Please click here to see the 2017 ACEND Accreditation Standards. 

Contact information for ACEND is:
120 South Riverside Plaza, Ste. 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040

Other Information: 

The CSUS DI Program has set forth several goals and objectives which are aligned with our program's mission and with accreditation standards.  Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives are available to the public upon request.  

Please see the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for information about licensure for dietitians.  It is the responsibility of the prospective Registered Dietitian to verify and comply with certification law(s) for the particular state of employment.  Most states have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics.  If practicing in California, RDs are offered title protection and do not require licensure.  Please review this website for information about laws that regulate dietitians and contact information for state licensure agencies. https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure.