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Internship Rotations


COVID-19 update: Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the program during 2020-2021 will be 30 weeks, 1200 supervised practice hours.

The internship is a full time, 43-week program, and interns are scheduled to work approximately 40 hours per week, usually Monday through Friday. Classroom time and field trips may be scheduled within the 40 hours or outside of the regular daily schedule. Interns are also scheduled to work some weekends and holidays. Please refer to the "Summary of Supervised Practice and Didactic Hours" for the internship schedule. The clinical rotation will have two different tracks with varying inpatient units/floors at our hospitals to accommodate 10 dietetic interns.


  • The official start date of the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship is the first week in August each year
  • The first week of the internship is called Orientation
  • During Orientation, dietetic interns are introduced to the UC San Diego Health's four hospitals, program preceptors, and fellow dietetic interns
  • The primary purpose of Orientation is to educate dietetic interns about program expectations, policies, and procedures and provide dietetic interns with baseline medical nutrition therapy education
  • Dietetic interns can expect to receive individual rotation schedules for the year at the end of Orientation week

Clinical Nutrition

  • A strong clinical nutrition department allows for opportunity to provide nutrition care for complex patients across the life span
  • The Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration offers experience in management and supervision of virtually all medical conditions
  • Dietetic intern will spend 14 weeks in inpatient clinical rotation and 2 weeks of clinical staff relief

Experiences will most likely include, but are not limited to, the following specialty areas:

  • Cardiac
  • Telemetry
  • Transplant
  • Orthopedic
  • General Surgery
  • General Medicine
  • Family
  • Maternal Care Center
  • Urology
  • Oncology
  • IMU/Step Down
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Medical Intensive Care
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Critical Care
  • Burn Intensive Care
  • Diet Office

Food Service Management

  • Dietetic Interns will spend seven weeks in food service/management rotations

Experiences will most likely include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Patient Food Services
  • Production
  • Cafeteria
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Food Service/Clinical Nutrition Management projects

Ambulatory/Community Nutrition

  • Dietetic interns will spend 10 weeks in Outpatient/Community Nutrition rotations
  • Meals on Wheels

Experiences will most likely include but are not limited to the following specialty areas:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Bariatric Metabolic Institute
  • Burn
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetic OB
  • Dialysis
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Outpatient Nutrition Clinic
  • Moore’s Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric/Adult HIV
  • Transplant


Dietetic interns will spend one week between the hospital’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute, UC San Diego Health Sciences and/or the UC San Diego Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.


Dietetic interns will spend one week in an elective rotation of their choice (within UC San Diego affiliations).

Staff Relief

Dietetic interns will spend approximately three weeks in staff relief during their food service management and clinical nutrition rotation.


Dietetic interns receive one week of vacation at the end of December each year. Each dietetic intern may be expected to work some of the UC San Diego designated holidays (excluding Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving).

Rotation Completion

Satisfactory completion of all rotations in the UC San Diego Health Dietetic Internship is required in order to receive a Verification Statement. Satisfactory completion is defined as completing all rotations with greater than or equal to 3.0 ratings on a 4.0 scale. A detailed description of minimum acceptable performance as an intern can be found in the Policy and Procedures Manual once accepted into the program.

Following successful completion of the program, a Verification Statement of Completion will be provided the last week of internship. Interns are then eligible for “Active” membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates are well-prepared and eligible to complete the Registration Exam for Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Policy and Procedures Handbook

Policies and Procedures

Policy and Procedures Appendices A-E


  • The majority of internship experiences take place at our four hospitals, including: UC San Diego Health Hillcrest Hospital, Moores Cancer Cneter, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla
  • UC San Diego Medical Center is a 386-bed hospital and primary hospital for the University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center provides inpatient heart and stroke care in a single location
  • Jacobs Medical Center, the newest 245 bed hospital at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla, includes the Thornton Pavillion