Fresno State Dietetic Internship
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Below are some common questions that prospective applicants usually have for internship programs.
How much does the internship cost?
Interns matriculate as post-baccalaureate students through the Office of Graduate Studies. Resident tuition and additional University fees have totaled approximately $9,500 - $11,000. You will have additional expenses for books, transportation and living as well. Please see CSU Fresno Student Registration & Advising Guide for up-to-date tuition and other fees.
Is this a paid internship?
No, unfortunately, this program is a 9 month, full-time unpaid internship. Some interns may qualify for a no-cost lunch meal while at one rotation site and/or a small stipend from a preceptor affiliate agency, if students meet that company's requirements, but are not affiliated with the university program.
Is financial aid available?
All applicants to the Dietetic Internship Program should consider applying to the AND Foundation for Scholarships. Please visit the AND website at www.eatright.org for details. For additional scholarship opportunities, contact state and local dietetic associations. Be aware that most of these groups have deadline dates for scholarship applications that are about the same time that the internship applications are due. Check the dates.
Our DI Program is eligible for financial aid through the FAFSA applicant process. Please also see the "Gainful Employment" information provided under the side tab "Program Costs".
When applying through FASFA, please understand that FASFA will consider the dietetic internship status as a 5th year undergraduate level loan, and the maximum offered will be unsubsidized loans and is based on dependency status; students who are dependent will be offered $7,500 for the entire academic year and independent student will be offered $12,500 for the academic year. This may or may not be enough to cover tuition cost depending on your dependency status and/or out-of-state vs. in-state tuition costs.
Can tuition be paid in installments?
Yes. The University offers an installment payment plan for Fall and Spring semesters. The tuition fees installment plan requires that tuition fees and campus fees are paid in four installments. The down payment represents the campus fees (Instructional Related Activities, Associated Students Inc. Programs, Intercollegiate Athletics/Spirit Leaders, Recreational Sports, Transportation, Health Facilities, University Union, Health Services, and Collegian Newspaper Fee) and a one-time $33.00 non-refundable administrative fee. Please see CSU Fresno Student Registration & Advising Guide for installment plan information and due dates.
If I am not from the area, where should I live?
The internship director sends out a flyer on possible places to live approximately 2-3 months prior to the start of the program. Interns that come to the program from outside areas typically find housing together in the Fresno or Clovis areas. Sometimes, Interns have family in the region and have been able to coordinate housing that way.
How many applications do you typically receive?
In the last few years, we have received between 60– 85 applications.
What do you look for in an Intern?
There is a minimum cumulative AND DPD overall GPA of 3.0 in order to be accepted into our program. These are the typical characterisitcs of our past Interns:
- Cumulative GPA >3.2
- DPD GPA >3.33
- Science GPA >3.0
Work experience that has provided transferable professional skills such as, but not limited to:
- Time management
- Task planning and follow-through
- Self-directed behaviors
- Positive References
- Strong, positively worded letter of application
- Well-rounded, motivated and adaptable individual
When does the program begin and end?
The program begins in mid-late August and is a 9-month program.
Would it be possible to work a part-time job during the internship?
A regular job during the internship is impossible, and a part-time job is not recommended. Work performance demands are significant during the program, and extended days and weekend availability are often unpredictable. The Dietetic Internship Program strongly encourages dietetic interns to seriously consider the impact of working outside of the internship on their ability to successfully complete the internship.
What are my work hours during the internship?
The Dietetic Internship Program is rigorous. The intern will spend, at a minimum, between 54 and 60 hours per week on graduate classes, practicum rotations, projects, reading assignments and homework. The graduate courses include projects, assignments, quizzes and tests in addition to those assigned by the Preceptors in the practice sites. Intern will often find themselves working on several projects simultaneously. Interns are expected to drive to their practicum sites.
A car, car insurance, and a driver’s license are needed. Please consider the cost of car maintenance and fuel in budget calculations.
Are there any breaks during the internship?
Interns receive one week of vacation during the 9-month program - one week during winter holiday (typically the last week of December).
What types of supervised practice rotations do the Interns experience?
Please see information about the types of supervised practice rotations interns experience in Rotations.
Do you participate in the Dietetic Internship Computer Application Service (DICAS)?
Yes, our program participates in DICAS.
Do I need to take my GRE and apply to the graduate school in addition to the internship program?
YES, you must take the GRE to apply to the graduate admissions office.
What if I don't get matched into an internship, do you have any advice?
Students have reapplied a second time to our program and have been accepted. If you do not receive an internship, the best advice is to contact the program director and discuss your application materials. General advice - improve your application by obtaining work experience, receiving stronger recommendations, reassess your personal statement and revise as needed, or broaden your pool of programs that better match your profile.
When does the program begin and end?
The internship usually begins mid-August, and ends mid-May. (9 months)
How many hours a week does the internship require of interns?
Classes are held on Monday, rotations are typically scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week, usually from 8 - 5 PM. During these rotations, interns usually work 32 hours each week.
Please note that the hours at each rotation can vary, depending on preceptor needs.
Also, additional time is required outside of supervised practice and classes to complete homework and assignments and to attend professional meetings. The practice sites may require that the intern be available for training in the evenings, holidays and week-ends.
Where are the internship rotation sites located?
We currently have 19 rotation sites that partner with our internship program. Our sites are located in the Fresno Area. About 40% of our sites are located 20 - 90 miles away from the Fresno Area. This means that interns have to drive anywhere from 20 - 90 miles, one-way, for some of their rotations.
If I am selected for your program, what kind of documentation do I need to submit at the beginning of the program?
- Verification statement from your didactic program
- Original degree posted transcript, when it is available
- Proof of medical and automobile insurance
- Completion of background check (required by supervised practice facilities)
- Live-Scan Fingerprinting
- Pre-Internship physical, immunizations and drug screening
Are there any recorded sessions of virtual open houses that have been offered prior?
Yes, here is a recording of the Open House hosted in December 2020. https://youtu.be/q3rsiufHWTk
Do you have more resources from the FNCE 2020 poster session about the dietetic interns and focusing project?
Yes, here are more resources FNCE 2020 Poster Presentation with Dietetic Interns