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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

Financial Information

There is no stipend offered.  Dietetic interns are not considered to have student status and therefore, no financial aid is available.  A full time dietetic internship can be financially challenging.  Despite this, it is strongly recommended that the intern not hold employment, as it will be a rigorous year.  Additionally, time away from the internship will not be granted for employment.


Dietetic interns may apply for outside scholarships on an individual basis. The California Dietetic Association (CDA) Foundation has scholarship programs for dietetic interns who attend a California dietetic internship program. For more information please visit or contact the California Dietetic Association at (310) 822-0177.


Dietetic interns are required to locate their own housing.  There are a variety of small houses and apartment complexes located near UC Davis Medical Center. Rental costs depend on location and type of unit.  Housing arrangements need to be finalized a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of the internship.  Dietetic interns will not be granted time-off for moving or housing related appointments once the internship starts.   


Although most rotations are located at the UC Davis Medical Center and walking distance from several neighborhoods, dietetic interns are required to have reliable transportation to get to off-site rotations and field trips.


Professional liability insurance is provided at no additional cost to all UC Davis Medical Center dietetic interns. 

Health insurance is strongly recommended and is not provided by the UC Davis Medical Center. 

Computer/Internet Access

It is expected that dietetic interns will have access to a computer and internet at home while participating in the program.

Estimated expenses are as follows:

One time fees:

Application fee due with application packet (non-refundable) $50.00
Program administration fee due after July 1st and no later than July 15th prior to starting the program $3000 (subject to change)
Lab coats* $35.00-$45.00 each
Books, calculator, other supplies* $200.00 (variable)
ADA student membership $50.00
RD Exam Application Fee (incurred after internship) $200.00
TOTAL $3575.00


Estimated Monthly Costs:*


Housing, unfurnished, 1 bedroom $650 - $950
Utilities $150.00 (variable)
Miscellaneous (recreation, entertainment, etc.) $100.00 (variable)
Food, clothing, personal items $300.00-$400.00 (variable)
Auto/transportation (travel)/insurance/related expenses $200.00 (variable)
Medical/dental insurance/expenses $100.00 (variable)
Parking permit $48.00/mo
Total: $1544.00-1944.00/month

*Expenses are estimates only and may vary.