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General Information

The UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship offers a 32-week dietetic internship with a Nutrition Therapy concentration in a progressive academic medical center environment. The medical center, located in San Diego, is a large tertiary care hospital that provides the highest level of specialty care in the region. Under the supervision of Registered Dietitians, dietetic interns will rotate through experiences in:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Food
  • Service management
  • Ambulatory/community nutrition
  • Research

Accreditation Status and the Credentialing Process

Students completing the academic requirements from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to write the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The UC San Diego Medical Center Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite #2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-4876.

Find out more about the Application Procedure.

Human Resources Requirements

Upon acceptance to the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship, the accepted applicant must undergo a California State Criminal Background Check at no expense to intern. The intern will complete this process through the Human Resources department at no charge to the dietetic intern. Successful admission into the program is contingent on the background check. This is consistent with University procedure for all staff, residents, interns and volunteers.

Upon acceptance to the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship, the accepted applicant must obtain a health clearance from The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEM). COEM is responsible for the Employee Health Services. Interns must complete a pre-employment physical exam that includes a TB skin test and drug screen at no expense to intern. Appointments will be made during Orientation week (or before) by the Internship Director to ensure clearance is granted prior to the intern starting in rotations. False information or misrepresentation may disqualify applicants and/or be grounds for dismissal from program.

Computer Matching Information

The UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship will participate in the D&D Digital Systems computer matching for 2019 applicants. Applicant deadline is Feb. 15, 2019. Please refer to the Application Procedure section.

Program Contact Information

UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship
UC San Diego Health
Department of Food and Nutrition Services
200 W. Arbor Drive, mail code 8801
San Diego, CA 92103-8801

Janine Doggett MS, RDN, CNSC
Internship Director
Phone: (619) 543-3351


New Admission Requirements Coming in 2024

Applicants participating in the Spring 2024 dietetic internship match at UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship will be required to complete a minimum of a Master’s degree before the start of the internship, in addition to completion of the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics. For more information on graduate degree requirements and the new eligibility requirements for the registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN), please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics webpage for students at: