Cal Poly, SLO Dietetic Internship has been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetic Internship

Welcome to the Dietetic Internship website at Cal Poly, we appreciate your interest in one of the leading dietetic internships in the country. The internship is housed in Cal Poly's Food Science and Nutrition Department, and has rotation sites in two counties on the California Central Coast: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

We are proud to have a 98% first time pass rate on the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Concentration: Wellness Promotion

Location and settings

San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly is located in the city of San Luis Obispo, a community of about 43,000, which is in an area of extraordinary natural beauty as well home of one of California's most popular attractions, Hearst Castle. San Luis Obispo has a delightful downtown with great dining, shops, nightlife, arts center, Mission Plaza, historical walking tours, world-class performing arts center, and many excellent wineries. Beautiful beaches are located only ten minutes away.

Santa Barbara

The internship will also have rotation sites in Santa Barbara, which is world famous for its breathtaking setting. The dramatic mix of mountains, valleys, beaches, islands and ocean define its natural beauty. Santa Barbara has world-class performances of music, opera, dance and theater year round. It is also one of the top five art colonies in the west. It has many restaurants, first-rate golf, tennis, polo, horseback riding, cycling, hiking and many water sports.

Number of Interns

For the class of 2017-2018 we will admit nine interns; six interns will be placed in San Luis Obispo County and three will be placed in Santa Barbara County.


The mission of our internship is to train dietetic interns who will be competent, well-rounded, culturally sensitive individuals and contributing members to the field of dietetics. Upon completing their dietetic internship, students will be qualified to enter clinical dietetics, foodservice management, community programs and to take the registration examination for their RD credential. Cal Poly, SLO Dietetic Internship reflects the University's philosophy of "learn by doing".

Want to Learn More about the Cal Poly Dietetic Internship?

Plan to attend one of our Virtual Open House sessions!

We'll be providing detailed information about the program and the application process, and several current interns will discuss their experiences in the program and answer questions from attendees. ​

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 5:30-7:00 PM PST
Please join this VIRTUAL (webinar-based) open house on 11/15 at 5:30 PM PST by visiting this link:
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM PST
Please join this VIRTUAL (webinar-based) open house on 1/4 at 5:30 PM PST by visiting this link:
You are encouraged (though not required) to email the DI Director at ​to RSVP for the open houses you plan to attend-if you do so by no later than the day before the session, you will receive a reminder about the Open House on the day of the webinar. 
We hope you can join us!
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We post insider tips and reminders about our application process as well as share lots of pictures highlighting our interns' experiences at their supervised practice sites and beyond. 
Program Director:
Kati Fosselius, MS, RD
Bldg. 24, Room 105C
Ph   (805) 756-6132
Fax (805) 756-1146

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