Our Locations & Rotations
Many dietetic internship programs place their Interns at facilities in a centralized location where the internship program is housed. This is because these programs are often located in metropolitan areas with access to larger hospitals and medical centers offering most rotations to all interns in the program. The number of these types of centralized dietetic internship programs has not increased making it very competitive for students seeking internship placement. Per the ACEND website, “competition is extremely fierce.” For great Suggestions to Improve Your Chances at Getting a Dietetic-Internship Position, please visit their website at, http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485432

The Golden Gate Dietetic Internship Program identified new opportunities with qualified, committed Preceptors at sites dispersed throughout the north San Francisco-Bay Area counties (locales) of Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma. This allowed development of this essential Program to meet the increased needs in this very competitive dietetic internship environment. Please take a look at a map of the north Bay Area counties as you refer to the following items:

  • The GGDI program will place each intern in rotations that are all clustered together in a geographical locale where the Intern should reside.
  • The geographical locales are each in the North (San Francisco) Bay Area Counties—Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma.
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  • This means, ALL rotations/facilities for each Intern will be in the same geographical area/locale. All the facilities / rotations will be relatively close. For example, if an Intern is placed in Mendocino county, the Intern will NOT be expected to go to a rotation in Marin; the Intern will receive most rotation experiences closer to the town of Ukiah.
  • More specifically: an Intern in Mendocino County goes to a hospital in Ukiah, a school district in Ukiah, a WIC agency in Ukiah, etc.
  • Before the Program commences, Interns will be assigned their locale for housing needs in more than sufficient time. There is no guarantee where the Intern will be placed (assigned) to live.
  • Even though each location is different, the Program, thus far, has been successful at matching Interns to Preceptors—and many times with another, compatible Intern as a housemate!
  • There may be a rotation where the Intern will be required to commute a longer distance.
  • A master Rotation Schedule will be developed based on site and Preceptor availability.
  • Intern Rotation Schedules will be handed out on the last day of orientation.
  • Rotation schedules are subject to change during the course of the year to meet Preceptor changes and needs.
  • Preceptors are volunteers, are not paid, and contribute their professional skills and time to precept Interns.
  • Because most facilities are NOT reachable by public transportation, a car is a necessity.
  • A mature, professional and flexible outlook is key to success in ALL dietetic internship programs.
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Table Outlining the Types and Hours Involved in Rotations: