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 100% one-year 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 47,000, which is in an area of extraordinary natural beauty and the county is home to 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 also offers 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 2018-19 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 nutrition, 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 provide detailed information about the program, the application process, and current interns will discuss their internship experiences and answer your questions. Use the links below to participate

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM PST
Please join this VIRTUAL (webinar-based) open house on 11/14 at 5:30 PM PST by visiting this link:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 5:30-7:00 PM PST
Please join this VIRTUAL (webinar-based) open house on 1/3 at 5:30 PM PST by visiting this link:
You are encouraged (though not required) to register ahead of time for the open house(s) 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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Our interns share the inside scoop on what it’s really like to be an intern in the Cal Poly SLO DI!

Program Director:
Kati Fosselius, MS, RDN
Bldg. 24, Room 105C
Ph   (805) 756-6132
Fax (805) 756-1146

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