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California State University, Long Beach
FCS Dietetic Internetship


Completion of the CSULB Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) is based on fulfilling planned experiences at assigned facilities. IPND Director will give specific assignments during 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, to seniors in a congregate meal site, or to employees in a wellness program. Each intern is assigned to one or more of the following major facilities:

  • AIDS Project LA
  • 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:

  • 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

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 (pending)
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Ontario-Montclair School District (pending)
  • Torrance Unified School District (pending)

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:

  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Miller’s Children’s Hospital
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • Center for Discovery

Clinical Research

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

  • Harbor-UCLA General Clinic Research Center, Torrance CA

Business/Entrepreneurship Specialties

Each intern spends a 2 week rotation with a private practice RD who works independently in his or her own business or contracts to a local facility. RDs include the following:

  • Marissa Kent, MS, RD
  • Diana Lipson-Burge, RD
  • Michele Manarino, MS, RD
  • Melissa Manning, RD
  • Melanie Silverman, MS, RD
  • Carol Sloan, MS, RD
  • Dariella Gonitzke, MS, RD, CLE