UC Davis Medical Center Program Dates:

2020-2021 Class: August 17, 2020 - July 30, 2021

2021-2022 Class: August 16, 2021 - July 29, 2022

2022-2023 Class: August 15, 2022 - July 28, 2023

2023-2024 Class: August 21, 2023 - August 2, 2024

The first week of the program is an Orientation Week.  After approximately one week of both general orientation and clinical classes, all interns begin with inpatient clinical nutrition at the UC Davis Medical Center.  Following completion of the clinical nutrition core experiences, interns begin experiences in advanced clinical nutrition, management, ambulatory and community nutrition.  The sequence of each interns schedule is different, but all interns will complete the following experiences.

* Dietetic Internship credit is not granted for prior learning or work experience. 

Clinical Nutrition Core

Dietetic Interns will spend 12 weeks in clinical nutrition core rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

General Medicine Ear, Nose and Throat
Cardiology Rehabilitation
Neurosurgery Oncology
Surgery Renal Transplant
Trauma Hepatology
Gastrointestinal Disorders Nephrology
Endocrinology Cardiothoracic Surgery

Critical Care Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 4 weeks in critical care nutrition rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following intensive care units:

Trauma                             Cardiothoracic Surgery
Burn Medical/Surgical
Neurosurgery Surgical


Dietetic Interns will spend 4 weeks in pediatric nutrition rotations.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Pediatric Unit                                             Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Ambulatory Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 11 weeks in UC Davis Medical Center ambulatory practices.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Family Practice ALS
Renal Transplant Bariatric Surgery
Internal Medicine Adult Cystic Fibrosis
Pediatric Specialty Clinics Adult/Pediatric Endocrine
Renal Clinic High Risk Obstetrics
Primary Care Networks Wound Clinic
General Medicine Cancer Center

Community Nutrition

Dietetic Interns will spend 3 weeks in community settings.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Living Fit Forever                                                        Supplemental Program for Women Infants, and Children (WIC)
Food Bank Meals on Wheels
 Outpatient Dialysis  


Dietetic Interns will spend 6 weeks in food service management rotations.  Experiences may include:

Recipe Development Cost and Revenue
Menu Planning (Retail and Patient) Marketing
Quality Improvement Taste Testing
Food Production Food Costing
Leadership Collaboration
Teamwork Decision Making
Human Resources Management Safety and Sanitation

Elective Experience

 Interns may spend up to two weeks completing electives.  Experiences may include some of the following areas:

Adult Specialty Clinics                   Pediatric Inpatient Specialty
Pediatric Specialty Clinics Long Term Care
Adult Inpatient Specialty  

Staff Relief

After demonstration of competence, interns complete a minimum of two weeks of staff relief experience in inpatient clinical nutrition.  In general, interns spend up to five weeks in staff relief experience. The staff relief experience solidifies interns' knowledge, provides an opportunity to gain independence and reinforces practices for an entry-level dietitian.   Interns apply knowledge learned throughout the internship including assessment, implementation of interventions, problem-solving, consideration of disease pathophysiology and documentation skills.  Interns are supervised by an RD, who reviews and co-signs all documentation. 


Classroom time accompanies supervised practice.  Interns spend approximately 200 hours in didactic class time throughout the year. 

Please click on the link below for detailed information on didactic classes:

UC Davis Dietetic Internship Didactic List



Dietetic Interns receive at least one week of vacation each year.  Scheduled vacation may vary based on the learning experiences schedule.