UCSF Medical Center offers a 52-week dietetic internship with a Nutrition Therapy emphasis in a dynamic teaching medical center environment. The internship includes experiences under the supervision of Registered Dietitians in clinical nutrition, management, and nutrition counseling and education. Admission to the internship requires completion of a minimum of a bachelors degree and completion of a didactic program in dietetics. Upon satisfactory completion of the year, interns are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. More detailed information is available from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); please click here to access the CDR website.

Over 850 Registered Dietitians have completed our dietetic internship program since it began in 1934. Our graduates are employed as clinical and outpatient dietitians, managers in clinical nutrition and food service, and in non-traditional jobs.

The Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.


Parnassus Heights

  • UCSF Medical Center (453 beds): A tertiary care teaching hospital with urgent care/emergency department and adult primary and specialty inpatient care
  • Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospitals and Clinics: Inpatient (16 beds) and partial hospitalization program for mental health services
  • Ambulatory Care Center: Outpatient services for adult patients in a variety of specialties

Mission Bay

  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at Mission Bay (183 beds): Urgent care/emergency department, pediatric primary, and specialty inpatient care
  • UCSF Women's Specialty Hospital at Mission Bay (36 beds): Cancer care, specialty surgery, birth center, and select women's ambulatory services
  • UCSF Cancer Hospital at Mission Bay Part of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (70 beds): Inpatient and outpatient cancer services; including inpatient and outpatient surgery for broad range of cancer specialties
  • Gateway Medical Building: To provide outpatient services for children, women and cancer patients

Mount Zion

  • Adult Dialysis Center
  • Cancer Resource Center
  • Nutrition Counseling Clinic

Accreditation Statement

The Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by Commission on Recognition of Post Secondary Education and the United States Department of Education. The address of ACEND is 120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. The phone number of ACEND is (800) 877-1600 ext 5400. To view the ACEND webpage please click here.

Application Deadline for the 2020-2021 Internship Year

UCSF Supplemental Application Postmark Date: 2/15/2020

D&D Deadline and DICAS Deadline: 11:59 (Central Time) 2/15/20

Intern Experiences: 2020-2021

2020-2021 Internship Start Date: July 27, 2020
Interns will have the opportunity to complete rotations at our campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Mount Zion.
We will accept 10 dietetic interns for the 2020-21 year.
The internship will be 52 weeks.

Program General Schedule:

For an overview of the internship schedule please view the PDF below.

Contact Us

For questions regarding the internship please contact us:

Jaclyn Brownlee-Cervantes, RD, CNSC, CSP

Coordinator, Dietetic Internship

[email protected]


Cewin Chao, MS, RD

Director, Dietetic Internship

[email protected]

Program Completion Requirements

a. Required competency level: all required learning experiences must be completed at an acceptable competency level in order to receive a Verification Statement documenting completion of the dietetic internship and establishing eligibilibity to sit for the CDR credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionists.

b. Evaluation forms: evaluations from all practice learning experiences and applicable didactic learning experiences must be completed and turned in for the Intern to receive a Verification statement.

c. Minimum supervised practice hours: a minimum of 1600 supervised practice hours must be completed.

d. Maximum time allowed: Interns must complete the Internship within two years from the start date of the program year the Intern was accepted for admission.