About Us
The GGDI Program runs 8 months in length starting in September (after Labor Day) and concludes at the end of April each year, including holidays. Interns, who complete all GGDI Program requirements, are eligible to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. This is a full-time, 40-hour per week program that does NOT allow for outside employment. However, graduates have reported less income lost because of the short eight (8) month duration, which also allowed for passing the RD exam and employment sooner than other DI programs.

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. The GGDI Program trains Interns to take and pass the Registered Dietitian credentialing examination. Please see the How to Apply page for more information.



  • Interns are available for a minimum of 40 hours per week for 30 weeks/1200 hours of supervised practice experience
  • Attendance is required of Interns at the Orientation for Supervised Practice before the Program starts AND at all Intern group meetings.
  • There may be specific needs by Sites and/or Preceptors for Interns to work on weekends, evenings and/or holidays.
  • Intern professionalism, maturity, integrity, and flexibility are key to successfully completing this invaluable experience.

The Program Concentration is a Nutrition Leadership Project—about 6 weeks in length. This rotation provides Interns the opportunity to practice leading and managing a nutrition project they elect in any area in nutrition & dietetics supporting the community. 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 then analyzes and designs a realistic plan, develops and implements solutions to address the identified needs, and evaluates the results of the project and further grow professionally. Project Management competence is also included in ACEND’s future, new model for education in nutrition and dietetics!

Graduates have reported that the project portfolio was advantageous in securing employment. These real-world projects and learning experiences are excellent preparation for future jobs and careers in the dietetics profession.

Intern Group Meetings are on a weekday and sometimes on a Saturday—at a relatively central location for the Program (usually in the Santa Rosa area). Although each Intern resides in a location close to their geographical rotations, they are required to travel and attend these meetings. These meetings are for teaching and learning (didactics) and are integral to the GGDI program and supervised practice. Meetings also focus on material for CDR’s Registration Examination for Dietitians and future employment. Occasionally, these meetings take place at professional conferences that provide a fun, side trip!

Rotations: Supervised practice takes place at acute care hospitals, acute rehabilitation clinics, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and community agencies. An Intern spends a few weeks in one facility then “rotates” through the schedule at other facilities, which are mostly within the same geographic area. For more information about the locations and rotations, please see the Rotations page.

In addition, the GGDI program is certified as a Green business, where Interns learn about how to be proactive about the environment. During supervised practice rotations, Interns are required to propose and teach procedures to reduce waste and protect the environment through lessons, assessments, in-services, tours, audits and projects. GGDI want graduates to be mindful and educate future clients to adopt sustainable practices.

Estimated Intern Costs*
Program Fee Deposit: 1st Installment — soon after match** $1,500
Balance of Program Fee: 2nd Installment — later in summer** $12,000
Physical Examination, TB Test, drug screening and Immunizations $400
Sanitation Manager Certification $40
Major Health Insurance $1,150
Supplies (paper, ink) and Lab coat*** $200
Rent and Utilities $10,000
Food and Miscellaneous Expenses $3,880
Car, gas, auto insurance and maintenance $2,700
Estimated Total ~$31,500

*The estimated costs may vary depending upon housing selection/location and moving costs and Interns are encouraged to house/room together to reduce costs.

**The GGDI Internship Program Fee includes: Student Academy Membership; student professional liability insurance; CPR and first aid certification; fingerprinting and background checks; professional conference fees; hotel room stays as required for conferences; all text books and binders/materials—including study materials and lessons for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians.

***While the Program Fee included the above, Interns are expected to have or pay for printing costs. It is recommended that Interns own a computer, paper, and ink/toner. Color ink is not required and grey-scale is allowed, as is two-sided printing or reuse of paper. GGDI emphasizes ecological sustainability in all areas of practice.


  • Information on scholarship opportunities is available from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
  • A small Program merit award will be awarded to an Intern upon completion of the Program for preceding academic accomplishments, leadership skills, and outstanding performance during the completed GGDI Program year.
  • $500 is awarded to an Intern who completes a community nutrition leadership project that will increase diversity in the profession of nutrition and dietetics.

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, the Intern’s successful completion of supervised practice hours and entry-level achievement of all Competencies for the Registered Dietitian (CRDNs) and program competencies is required, along with other program requirements:

  • 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, which includes all matters of confidentiality including HIPAA.
  • Submit all required program paperwork—reports, projects, assignments and rotation evaluations on time—and complete all program evaluations to help the program plan for improvements.
  • Do NOT misappropriate copyrighted material or plagiarize.
  • 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 Golden Gate Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)  that ensures that educational programs, such as the GGDI Program, prepare students for successful careers as Registered Dietitians. Our Program provides specific learning activities, opportunities, and supervised practice experiences to achieve the CRDNs and Standards developed by ACEND®.