About Us
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND ensures that educational programs, such this Golden Gate Dietetic Internship (GGDI) Program, prepare students for successful careers as Registered Dietitians. ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continuous improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Our Program provides specific learning activities, opportunities, and supervised practice experiences to achieve the Competencies for the Registered Dietitian (CRD) and Standards developed by ACEND. http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485424

The GGDI Program trains Interns to take and pass the Registered Dietitian credentialing examination, which allows them to practice as Registered Dietitians. Individuals who have or will complete at least a Bachelor’s degree and an ACEND-accredited a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply to our Program. Please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at: http://www.eatright.org/students/.

It is expected that each Intern will be available for an intensive minimum of 40 hours per week (full-time) of supervised practice experience to meet the required minimum of 1200 hours during an approximate 8-month period. Attendance is also required at the Orientation for Supervised Practice before the Program starts AND at all Intern group meetings. Additionally, sites and/or Preceptors may have specific needs for weekends and/or evenings. Individuals completing the Program requirements and who are verified by the Program Director are eligible to write (take) the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. Professionalism, maturity, integrity, and flexibility are key to completing this invaluable experience successfully.

The Program Concentration is a Community Nutrition Leadership and Management Project that is 240 hours in duration (6 weeks.) This concentration rotation provides Interns the opportunity to practice leading and managing a community nutrition project. Interns, utilizing the 5 Phases of Project Management and Instructional Systems Design (ADDIE), assess needs or gaps in the community to be able to design and provide specific solutions. Each Intern analyzes and designs a realistic plan, develops and implements solutions to address the identified needs, and evaluates the results of the project. Interns share the processes and results of their projects with their peers to learn from each other and further grow professionally. Graduates have reported that the hard-copy project portfolio provided for successful employment. In addition, these real-world projects and learning experiences are excellent preparation for future jobs and careers in the dietetics profession.

Rotations: Supervised practice clinical rotations take place at acute care hospitals, acute rehabilitation clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and community agencies. Preceptors, who are capable Dietitians or managers at a facility or agency, provide and guide the supervised practice at these various sites in the North (San Francisco) Bay Area. An Intern spends a few weeks in one facility then rotates through the schedule at other facilities, which mostly are within the same geographic area (locale). For the Map and for more information about the Locations & Rotations, please see the Locations page.

Intern Group Meetings occur about twice per month—often once on a Friday and once on a non-contiguous Saturday—at a relatively central location for the Program (and are usually in the Santa Rosa area.) Although each Intern resides in a location close to their rotations, they are required to travel and attend these meetings. These meetings are for teaching and learning (didactics) and are integral to the internship program and the rotations. In addition, a variety of speakers who are practicing professionals are sometimes guests at these meetings. Meetings also focus on material for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and future employment. Occasionally, these meetings take place at Professional Conferences or are at venues that provide a fun, side field trip!

Program length (total) is approximately 34 weeks including holidays. This includes 30 weeks of Supervised Practice that are ~40 hours each. (30 weeks X 40 hours = 1200 supervised practice hours.)

Holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving week, Christmas Week, and New Year’s Day. The EXACT amount of days off differs year to year, depending on holiday timing in a specific calendar year.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements
Interns must complete the internship program within 12 months (at 150% of the 8-month program year) to receive a verification statement allowing them to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. As outlined below, successful completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice and achievement of all CRDs and program competencies is required, along with other program requirements.

The intern is required to:

  • Follow all GGDI Program policies, procedures, requirements, codes, rules, and regulations.
  • Comply with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for the Profession of Dietetics and that includes all matters of confidentiality including HIPAA.
  • Complete 1200+ hours of supervised practice and successfully achieve all Competencies for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (CRDNs) and Program Competencies, with a score of “3” or above.
  • Submit all required program paperwork—reports, projects, assignments and evaluations— on time and complete all program evaluations to help the program plan for improvements.
  • NOT misappropriate copyrighted material or plagiarize.
  • Complete and sign CDR required materials: RDE Misuse form (at the end of the program) in BLUE ink.
  • Do his/her best to enjoy a successful, fun, and productive program year. Everything in life is “one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration” (Thomas Edison).

The Program runs approximately 8 months in length starting in Septemeber. Interns who complete all GGDI Program requirements, as certified by the Program Director, then are eligible to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. The Program concludes at the end of April each year with a ceremony.