Nutrition Training

Through the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, we offer a dietetic internship that teaches dietitians how to work with children with disabilities. Interns develop skills and insights into the delivery of service and the creation, implementation and evaluation of policies in maternal and child health.

The program provides specialized training in pediatrics and developmental disabilities through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Interdisciplinary Training Program. The LEND program offers interns an opportunity to interact with trainees from up to 12 other disciplines. The program has a 20-year long history of creating leaders within the pediatric nutrition community.


The Dietetic Internship provides a well-rounded 20-month curriculum that prepares the intern for:

  • A career in pediatric dietetics/nutrition
  • The nutrition care process in inpatient, outpatient and community based settings
  • Functioning as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team 
  • Assuming a leadership role in community/state programs focused on improving the health of children and their families