Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
FCS Dietetic Internetship


Completion of the CSULB Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) requires satisfactorily fulfilling Planned Experiences (PEs) based on the 2016 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 RDs" at each assigned facility. Highlights about our Supervisory RDs are provided below for your review.

RD Highlights

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:

  • AIDS Project LA Health
  • County of Riverside--Nutrition Services
  • County of Orange Health Care Agency--Nutrition Services
  • Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services
  • Head Start of Long Beach
  • Head Start of Orange County
  • Public Health Foundation--WIC, Inc.

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:

  • College Hospital Costa Mesa
  • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Downey
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Los Alamitos Medical Center
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center, Long Beach
  • 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 food service. The participating facilities include the following:

  • Fullerton Unified School District
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Ontario-Montclair School District
  • Torrance Unified 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:

  • Center for Discovery
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center Bariatric Surgery
  • Kaiser-Permanente Downey Decubitus/Skin Care
  • La Ventana Center, Santa Monica
  • Miller’s Children’s Hospital
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center Regional Burns' Unit
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center

Clinical Nutrition Research

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

  • Harbor-UCLA BioNutrition Research Center, Torrance CA

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, RD
  • Diana Lipson-Burge, RD
  • Melissa Manning, RD
  • Sharon Palmer, RDN
  • Carol Sloan, MS, RD
  • Dariella Gonitzke, MS, RD, CLE