Benefits and Financial Information

UCSF Dietetic Interns receive the following benefits:

  • Annual stipend of $16,640 (subject to change).
  • There are no tuition fees for our internship program.
  • Meal allowance at all hospital cafeterias (at Parnassus, Mission Bay and Mount Zion) when on duty.
  • Health insurance, medical care and dental care are provided by UCSF Student Health Services and Counseling Services.

For additional information about benefits and financial information, please see below


UCSF Dietetic Interns receive an annual stipend of approximately $16,640 (subject to change), paid monthly ($1386/month). Please note that the stipend is subject to payroll taxes, however no tax withholdings occur during the year (no taxes or deductions are taken out of the paycheck). Information about pay schedule will be provided to students that match with our program.

The stipend is provided to assist you with your basic expenses. Interns' cost for housing and other expenses vary. The stipend is planned to cover only minimal expenses. You will need another source of funds if you feel your expenses will be higher.

Estimated Minimum Expenses

There are no tuition fees for our internship program. For detailed information about Estimated Minimum Expenses, please click here. 

Student Health and Counseling Services

Health insurance, medical care, dental care, and vision care are provided by UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services (SHS). Note that SHS has no exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Information about medical coverage provided by Student Health Services can be obtained on the SHS website: Please note that 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.

Arriving in San Francisco

It is recommended that interns arrive to San Francisco by July 13, 2020.

Housing and Finances: It is recommended that interns arrive with at least $1000 to cover the expenses of the first month and an additional $2000-2500 for rent and a security deposit. Most apartments require a first and last month’s rent and a security deposit. If the apartment is unfurnished, there may be additional expenses for furniture. The first paycheck will be issued at the end of August.


The Academy Foundation and many state dietetic associations have excellent scholarship programs. You should contact your advisor, the Foundation, or your state dietetic association for further information. The California Dietetic Association (CDA) Foundation has a scholarship program for students who attended a California academic program. For more information, contact: California Dietetic Association, 7740 Manchester Avenue, Suite 102, Playa del Rey, CA 90293-8499.

Student Loans

As a dietetic intern, you are not a registered student, so you cannot be eligible for student loans. However, you may receive deferments or forbearance for outstanding loans, if allowed by your lender. We can provide documentation of your status as a dietetic intern, or complete documents from the loan agency, to verify your status in an accredited certificate program.

Parking and Transportation

Public transportation within San Francisco is good. Interns do not need an automobile for any required learning experience in the internship. However certain elective and community nutrition experiences are not accessible by public transportation and are only open to those interns with a car. Some pediatric rotations may include up to 4 days at a Bay Area UCSF satellite clinic that would require public transportation. Parking in the city and especially near the hospitals is at a premium. Off-street parking at each of the hospitals costs $30.00 per day; therefore, most interns live within walking distance or use public transportation. If you plan to commute by bus from a location in San Francisco, a monthly bus pass is $68-80. Public transportation from locations outside San Francisco would be significantly more expensive. There is a free shuttle bus service between the UCSF campuses Monday through Friday.