Dietetic Internship

The UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship (DI) is a nine-month program with a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration. We accept 10 interns per program year.

Under the supervision of registered dietitians and preceptors, DI interns will rotate through experiences in clinical nutrition, food service management, ambulatory/community nutrition, and research. Upon satisfactory completion of program requirements, graduates will be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

You will be part of the San Diego region’s only academic medical center, which makes UC San Diego Health the premier destination for those requiring complex multidisciplinary care. Our facilities include hospitals, specialty care centers at two campuses (in La Jolla and Hillcrest), and several outpatient clinics across San Diego County. Find out more about our locations and the medical specialties and services we offer.

Our Dietetic Internship program was founded in 2010, and we're proud to have more than 80 graduates pass the exam to become Registered Dietitians.

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Class of Dietetic Interns:

  • Jillian Arizcuren, San Diego State University
  • Kimberly Contreras, California State University, Long Beach
  • Charityn Fernandez, San Diego State University
  • Victoria Godwin, San Diego State University
  • Madeleine Gwynn, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Samantha Johansen, San Diego State University
  • Joy Khoury, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Shelly Shmariahu, University of Arizona
  • Samantha Vesling, Baylor University
  • Skylar Weir, Metropolitan State University of Denver

How to Apply

Read about admission requirements and learn how to apply for a dietetic internship at UC San Diego Health.

How to Apply


The UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship program is fully accredited through Dec. 31, 2023, by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists. ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, which affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

ACEND contact information:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-9665
Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400
Website: ACEND

Dietetic Internship Information Session

Want to learn more about our program? Join us via Zoom at our virtual information session (no RSVP required). 

Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at 1 p.m. Pacific time

Zoom Meeting ID: 548 477 5576

Password: 111622

Contact Us

Program Director

Janine Doggett, MS, RD, CNSC


Office phone: 619-543-3351

Cell: 619-213-2219

Mailing Address

UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship

200 W. Arbor Drive, Mail Code 8801

San Diego, CA 92103-8801


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