UCSF Medical Center offers a 10-month clinically focused dietetic internship 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. Over 800 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.

Please watch this introductory video to hear information from Nutrition and Food Services leadership, former interns, and preceptors about the internship experience: 

Application Deadline for the 2024-2025 Internship Year

D&D Deadline and DICAS Deadline: 11:59 (Central Time) 2/15/24

UCSF Application Fee Postmark Date: 2/1/2024

Internship Schedule: 2023-2024

We will accept 5 dietetic interns for the 2023-2024 year. The internship will occur from 8/7/2023 to 6/7/2024. 

We will accept 5 dietetic interns for the 2024 - 2025 year. The internship will occur from 8/5/2024 to 6/6/2024.

You can access a schedule overview by clicking here

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. 

Program Completion Requirements

a. Required competency level: required learning experiences must be completed at an established 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 1200 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.

Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, graduates are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and 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.

Credit for Prior Experience

The UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship does not grant credit or waive supervised practice hours based upon prior work experience, volunteer experience, or other learning experiences.  



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