Dietetic Internship

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To best serve students and to align with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), this program is currently in the process of being recalibrated to meet new standards. Please re-visit this site for important notifications and changes that are expected in 2023 and 2024.

California State University Long Beach (CSULB), a metropolitan campus of 37,000 students, offers an Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (IPND) combined with a Master of Science in Nutritional Science, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) *   With a commitment to diversity, in addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, the University, the Master of Science Program in Nutritional Science, and the IPND are committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, learn, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Programs and services to assist students can be found on the Division of Student Affairs website here. 

The Internship Program option originates in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services and participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The CSULB Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND)/MS has one cohort of Interns beginning in the fall annually.

This two-year program combines graduate coursework with supervised practice in the greater Los Angeles area. After the Intern completes both the requirements for the MS and the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND), he/she will graduate with an M.S. in Nutritional Science and will be eligible to take the CDR Credentialing Exam. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) overseeing the national exam. Passing the CDR Exam is required for the individual to obtain employment as a professional and place the R.D. credential after their name. The CSULB IPND has a 95% pass rate (past 5-year average) for graduates in their first attempt.  Program outcome data are available upon request.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

  • In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements visit the State Licensure page on the CDR's website.
  • For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN visit the Information for Students page on the Eat Right Nutrition website.