Dietetic Internship Program at San Francisco State University

The Dietetic Internship Program University provides supervised practice experiences as well as graduate coursework. For interns who do not already possess a graduate degree, the internship program will be taken in conjunction with our M.A. in Family & Consumer Sciences degree.

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Application Requirements:

  • Participation in D&D Digital
  • Completion of the DICAS Application to include three Letters of Recommendation, sample of Academic Work, and Personal Statement
  • Payment of additional $70 fee (opens in December)

 Key highlights include:

  • The program director places interns in a variety of supervised practice experiences based on intern's geographical location, interests, and prior experience, as well as program director's experience with matching interns with preceptors. 
  • The Greater San Francisco Bay Area is a highly diverse and vibrant community and interns will have opportunities to work with diverse populations. 
  • The four core faculty have all been teaching in the program for over four years and are supportive and approachable. 
  • Interns are in a cohort of 14 and take classes together, and provide support and resources to each other. 

Only students who have completed or are near completion of baccalaureate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply for this internship.

Interns will need to be cleared by background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Interns will also need to obtain medical clearance to include, but not limited to: TB clearance (two-step PPD tests, Quantiferon Gold, and/or chest x-ray), immunizations and titers showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis B, a TDap booster, an annual flu shot, COVID vaccination and booster, and a satisfactory physical exam prior to starting rotations. All interns will need access to a vehicle for getting to rotations for the duration of the internship. Please do not apply to our program if you unwilling or unable to complete/meet all of these requirements.

About Dietetic Internship Program

Are you thinking about applying to our internship? SF State Dietetic Internship Program Director Wanda Siu-Chan and current and former interns will share information about the program and be available to answer your questions.

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This is an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) program of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). A DI offers the practicum experiences and competencies required prior to taking the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) exam which is given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). To meet the 2024 requirement of a graduate degree, interns must complete both the Dietetic Internship program and a graduate degree before receiving a verification statement to be eligible to sit for the RD/RDN exam.

In July 1997, San Francisco State University’s Dietetic Internship Program was granted an initial accreditation for a period of ten years by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), now ACEND. A 5-year interim report was submitted in February 2002. The Self-Study was submitted February 2009 and the re-accreditation site visit was in May 2009. The program was granted continued accreditation for 10 years. The 5-year interim report was completed in November 2014 and approved for continued accreditation. The program submitted a Self-Study in August 2018 for re-accreditation. The Re-accreditation Site Visit took place in November 2018 and the program was granted continued accreditation through December 2027.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone 800-877-1600 ext 5400

  • 96 percent passed the credentialing exam within 1-year of program completion..
  • 69 percent found employment in the nutrition/dietetics field within three months of program completion, and 98 percent found employment in the field within 12 months of program completion.
  • 86 percent were employed in the Bay Area one year after program completion (rest were employed outside of the Bay Area, mostly in Southern California).

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/registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/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. For more information about this requirement, visit CDR's website. 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.

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