Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: Completion of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degree must be completed prior to start date of the internship. A final transcript must be provided by internship start date. If a final transcript is not available at that time, the university registrar's office must provide a letter confirming that you have completed your degree requirements. If you have a degree from a foreign university please refer to the foreign degree guidelines created by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  


  • Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics: Applicants will need to have completed or be in the process of completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), as specified by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A "Verification Statement" or "Declaration of Intent to Complete" form must by submitted online to DICAS by your program director. The DPD must be completed prior to start date of the internship.


  • Recency of coursework: Academic Coursework must have been completed within three years on internship start date.


  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: The GRE is required for application to the UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship. The GRE must have been completed within the last five years, as applicants must arrange with the GRE testing service to have an official score report sent to UCSF directly (the GRE testing service only keeps scores on record for five years). Note that the GRE is waived for applicants who have completed a graduate degree before the start date of the internship.


  • Verification Statement: A Verification Statement must be provided by the start date of the internship.


  • Background check: UCSF Human Resources will conduct a background check for candidates matched to the UCSF Dietetic Internship at the student's expense ($74). Candidates must pass the background check in order to enter the UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship.


  • Health clearance: Interns must arrive in San Francisco before the start date to complete a mandatory health screening through UCSF Medical Center Occupational Health Services. Interns must arrive no later than July 17, 2017.


  • Proof of visa status for non-U.S. citizens: Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate visa status. Non-U.S. citizens must be approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Optional Practice Training (OPT) to complete a dietetic internship. It is the student's responsibility to coordinate the OPT application with his or her DPD school.