Benefits and Financial Information

UCSF Health Dietetic Interns receive the following benefits:

  • Annual stipend of $~29,443, paid monthly ($2944/month).
    • Exact stipend amount is subject to change; the first payment arrives 1 month after the internship start date.
    • This is to assist interns with covering basic expenses.
    • Interns will receive a 1099 for the stipend amount and should work with a tax professional as needed. 
  • No tuition fees! 
  • Meal stipend ($13) at all hospital cafes when on duty. 
  • Insurance
    • Interns receive health insurance (including medical care, dental care, and mental health services) from UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services. For more information about available coverage, visit the SHS website:
    • If an intern is injured while in the course and scope of assigned duties, either on-site or off-campus, workers compensation insurance coverage is not provided. 
    • UCSF Dietetic Interns are covered for professional liability while performing University-related duties. Coverage is provided by the Regents of the University of California Self-Insurance Program. Any activities outside internship assignments are not covered.  
  • Free Shuttle Service
    • UCSF Health provides a free shuttle service between campuses and many public transit hubs. 


Financial Aid

Dietetic interns are not registered students and are not eligible for student loans. However, interns may receive deferments or forbearance for outstanding loans, if allowed by their lender. We can provide documentation of status as a dietetic intern, or complete documents from the loan agency, to verify status in an accredited certificate program. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and many state dietetic associations have excellent scholarship programs. Interns should contact their advisor, the Foundation, or their state dietetic association for further information.