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.”

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Locations:  The Golden Gate Dietetic Internship (GGDI) Program identified opportunities with qualified, committed Preceptors at facilities and organizations dispersed throughout the north San Francisco-Bay Area counties such as Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco and Sonoma. (Locations are availed based on Facility and Preceptor availability, which vary year to year.) This allowed development of this innovative and essential Program to meet increased needs in this very competitive dietetic internship environment.

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  • The GGDI program will place each intern in rotations that are all clustered together in ONE geographical area where the Intern should reside.
  • This means, ALL rotations/facilities for each Intern will be in the same geographical area. 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 County; the Intern will receive most rotation experiences closer to the town of Ukiah. (Again, please look at a map.)
  • More specifically as an example: an Intern in Mendocino County goes to a clinical rotation at a hospital in Ukiah, a foodservice rotation at a school district in Ukiah, an outpatient rotation in Ukiah, and so on.
  • Before the Program commences, Interns will be assigned their geographical area location for housing needs in more than sufficient time before the program starts in early September.
  • Intern location assignments and rotation schedules are developed based on Facility and Preceptor availability, which vary year to year.
  • Preceptors are volunteer mentors, are not paid, and contribute their professional skills and time to precept Interns to help our profession. Therefore, like other DIs, this program is developed based on their availability.
  • 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!
  • Because most facilities are NOT reachable by public transportation, a car is a necessity.
  • There may be a short rotation where the Intern will be required to commute a longer distance.
  • A mature, professional and flexible outlook is key to success in ALL dietetic internship programs.
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 mostly are within the same geographic location.

As part of the Program fee, Interns also receive to keep a customized binder of complete rotation instructions & evaluations, assignments, and RD Exam materials—as well as books, journal and documents to support supervised practice.

Table Outlining the Types and Hours Involved in Rotations:

Rotation Types Hours
Clinical Nutrition & Outpatient Counseling 600
Foodservice Management & Systems 280
Community Nutrition Education 80
Concentration to lead project in an Elective 240
Total Hours 1200
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