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Completion of the CSULB Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) requires satisfactorily fulfilling Planned Experiences (PEs) based on the 2018 Competencies for Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists.  The PEs are completed during rotations at assigned facilities. The IPND Director will give specific assignment rotations during the first week of the fall semester which is 'Orientation Week.' 

Preceptors are identified as "Supervisory RDNs" at each assigned facility. Highlights are provided below for your review.

RD Highlights (PDF)

Community Nutrition Experience

Interns spend a minimum of 6 weeks and up to 8 weeks in community nutrition facilities. During the experience, Interns may teach nutrition classes to students in schools, to participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, to preschool children and their parents at Head Start facilities, and to seniors in a congregate meal site. Each Intern is assigned to one or more of the following major facilities:

  • Riverside University Health Systems
  • County of Orange Health Care Agency
  • Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services
  • Long Beach Head Start
  • Orange Country Head Start
  • Kaiser Permanente - Downey - Out Patient & Education
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Public Health Foundation Enterprises - WIC

Nutrition Therapy and Food Service Management

Interns spend a minimum of 9 weeks in a major medical center for the nutrition therapy experience and 6 weeks in a major foodservice management facility. The sites for both of these experiences are often the same facility. Each Intern is assigned to one or more of the following sites for these rotations:

  • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Downey
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center - San Pedro
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center - Torrance
  • MemorialCare - Long Beach Medical Center
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center

School Nutrition Services

Each intern spends a minimum of 3 weeks in the district office of a school foodservice. The participating facilities include the following:

  • Fullerton School District
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District
  • Ontario-Montclair School District

Nutrition Therapy Specialties

Medical nutrition therapy specialties in pediatrics, burns, outpatient counseling, and disordered eating are available. If one of these specialties does not exist at the intern’s major clinical rotation site, then the Intern is assigned to at least a 1-week specialty rotation at one of the following facilities:

  • Akua Mind & Body - Malana Health
  • Center for Discovery - Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center - Weight Loss Surgery
  • Kaiser Permanente - Downey - Decubitus/Skin Care 
  • Kaiser-Permanente - Downey - Pediatrics
  • Miller Children’s Hospital - MemorialCare Miller Children's
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center - Burns, Wound and Amputation Prevention Center 
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center -  Burns, Trauma and Critical Care 

Clinical Nutrition Research

Each Intern is assigned to a 1 week-clinical trial or community research experience with the following site:

  • Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Business/Entrepreneurship Specialties

Each Intern spends a 2-week rotation with a private practice RD/RDN who works independently in his or her own business and/or contracts with local facilities. RD/RDNs include the following:

  • Marissa Kent, MS, RDN
  • Diana Lipson-Burge, RD
  • Melissa Manning, RD
  • Jamie Mok, MS, RDN, RYT
  • Kaely McDevitt, MS, RD, CLT
  • Jana Nicholl, MS, RD, IBCLC, CNSC
  • Dahlia Rimmon, MS, RDN
  • Ellyn Silverman, RD, MPH, CEDRD
  • Carol Sloan, RDN, FAND