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Dietetic Internship

Welcome to the Dietetic Internship at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). The internship is housed in the Food Science and Nutrition Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Program Highlights

Wellness Promotion Emphasis Internship

Individualized Experiences

  • Choose from our diverse Community Rotation sites
  • Complete Staff Relief in any area of practice
  • Create an elective experience that meets your professional needs

Our internship rotation sites are located in two counties in the Central Coast of California: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.


San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly is located in the city of San Luis Obispo, a community of about 44,000, which is located 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, art center, Mission Plaza, and historical walking tours. In addition beautiful beaches are located approximately ten minutes away by car.


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 opportunities for participating in many restaurants, first-rate golf courses, tennis, polo, horseback riding, cycling, hiking and offers many opportunities for participation in water sports.

Accreditation Status

Cal Poly, SLO Dietetic Internship has been granted developmental accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600.

2022-23 Internship

We will admit 10 interns.

  • 7 in San Luis Obispo County
  • 3 in Santa Barbara County

Weekly classes

Interns come together in weekly classes which allows them to explore and apply advanced professional concepts.

  • Graduate-level credits embedded into the internship
  • Graduates enter positions in all areas of dietetics practice

Program Cost

Tuition and Fees

Online registration for the 2022-23 Dietetic Internship application fee is extended to February 22, 2022.

Pay Application Fee

  • Enrollment will be completed by our office for all interns.
  • Nonrefundable Deposit Amount: $500.00, due May 23, 2022
  • Fees are non-reversible.
  • A $25 late fee will be charged for each installment that falls past due.
  • For further questions about registration, please call (805) 756-2053
  • Program fee (Tuition) is $16,350* for the entire year
  • Interns' tuition will be collected in 3 installments
Dietetic Internship Installment Plan Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Program Fee Amounts $7,850 $4,000 $4,000
Program Fee Due Dates 8/20/22 12/10/22 3/04/23

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Contact our Director:

Kari Pilolla

Phone: (805) 756-5419