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Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship

Financial Information

Financial Aid and Student Loans

Dietetic interns are not enrolled as a student at UC Davis and are, therefore, not eligible for financial aid (student loans) or University housing.  For deferral of student loan repayment, if allowed by the interns lender, the Internship Director or Internship Coordinator can provide documentation of the status as a dietetic intern, or complete documents from the loan agency, to verify the intern's status in an accredited certificate program.


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. 

Personal health insurance for medical, dental or vision services is not provided by UC Davis Medical Center.  It is strongly recommended that the intern purchase his or her own health insurance before admittance into the dietetic internship program. 

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)
AND student membership $50.00
RD Exam Application Fee (incurred after internship) $200.00
TOTAL $3575.00


Estimated Monthly Costs:*


Housing, unfurnished, 1 bedroom $800 - $1300
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 $37-$43.00/mo
Total: $1687.00-2293.00/month

*Expenses are estimates only and may vary.