Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System - Dietetic Internship Program
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Photo of an early class of the VAGLA Dietetic Internship. The internship was established in 1945.

Thank you for your interest in the VA Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Internship Program (VAGLA DI)!

The VAGLA DI is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the 2021-2022 year, VAGLA Dietetic Interns earn a $13,372.80-$16,581.60 stipend and are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration Examination for Dietitians, the final step required for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The mission of the VAGLA DI program is to provide a positive learning environment and train entry-level and above entry-level RDNs in a variety of practice areas while serving Veterans and continiously improving their care. You can read comments from past grads here. More information about the VAGLA DI Mission and Goals can be found here.

Program Tracks: The VAGLA DI Program offers three different tracks; a non-degree track, a combined track with the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at UCLA, and a combined track with a Master of Science program at either California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) or California State University, Northride (CSUN). The VAGLA DI accepts 4 interns for our non-degree program track and 3 interns for or combined-master's program track each year. Additional information about each of these tracks can be found here

This graphic describes the VAGLA DI Tracks. The non-degree track starts in June and is 10 months in length. The Combined MPH track starts in September and is 22 months in length. The Combined MS at CSULB starts in August and is 24 months in length. The Combined MS program at CSUN starts in August and is 30 months in length.

Curriculum: The VAGLA DI offers rotations in inpatient clinical care (including critical care), longterm care (at one of our Community Living Centers), outpatient care (including renal), and community care. We provide exceptional hands-on training in food service and clinical management. Interns also complete projects about social justice and advocacy and research. Most rotations are completed at VAGLA with highly trained and passionate preceptors. More information about the VAGLA DI curriculum can be found here, and a summary of rotations can be found here

Open Houses:
 The VAGLA DI Virtual Open Houses are November 14, 2022 (for the Combined-MPH and Non-Degree Tracks) and January 9, 2023 (for the Combined-MS and Non-Degree Tracks). There will be no in-person open houses scheduled at this time. Please RSVP by registering via the Webex link on the open house agenda.

Application Information: The VAGLA DI is seeking applicants with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. We consider ALL work experience (not just dietetics-related) and do not have a minimum GPA cutoff. We value teamwork, leadership, flexibility and adaptability, and creativity and innovation in our applicants. We believe that choosing interns with diverse backgrounds and experiences will improve the care of the Veterans at VAGLA. Further information about applying for the VAGLA DI can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): 
Answers to FAQ can be found here

If you have any questions after reviewing the website, please contact the VAGLA DI Director, Jillian Redgate. 
Jillian Redgate MS, RDN

Dietetic Internship Director
11301 Wilshire Boulevard #120
Los Angeles, California 91316
Office: (310) 268-3120
VAGLA DI 2021 Informational Pamphlet