We would like you to be aware of factors other than the educational experience that may affect your decision to apply to the Dietetic Internship at UCSF Medical Center.  


Interns are responsible for making their own housing arrangements in the Bay Area. We will supply you with a complete list of the individuals who will be interning during the year so you can contact them and possibly make arrangements for a roommate. The department also assists in any way possible, such as knowing of available apartments or which areas of town are best for utilizing public transportation. The housing market is very tight, highly competitive, and expensive in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Interns who choose to live outside San Francisco are responsible for arranging their own commute in order to comply with their work schedules. Please note that dietetic interns are not eligible for UCSF student housing. UCSF maintains a list of off-campus housing. This can be viewed on the UCSF website at Other sources of infomation on rentals are:

Craig's List -

HotPads -

Zillow -

You will need to plan to move to San Francisco before the start of the internship. We recommend planning to arrive in San Francisco by July 13, 2020.


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. Parking in the city and especially near the hospital is at a premium. Off-street parking at the hospital 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 $81-98. Public transportation from locations outside San Francisco would be significantly more expensive. There is a free shuttle bus service between various UCSF campuses Monday through Friday.

Work Hours

Interns work a full-time, 40-hour week. Hours will vary depending on the work assignment. When assigned to inpatient clinical nutrition areas, interns usually work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In management areas, interns usually work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but will have a limited number of days on earlier shifts (5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) or later shifts (1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). There will be times during the year when interns need to stay beyond scheduled hours. Classes and field trips are usually scheduled into the 40-hour week but may occur outside of the regular daily schedule.

After demonstration of competence in the inpatient clinical nutrition core rotation, interns provide "on-call" coverage from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weeknights; this responsibility is rotated among interns. Interns are also scheduled to work some weekends and holidays and earn time off for days worked. Typically, interns are scheduled to cover 7-8 weekends over the internship, though this is subject to change based on operational needs.

For the 2020-2021 year, interns are given a one week vacation in the spring.

Interns accrue 10 days of sick leave for the year and observe the 12 holidays designated by UCSF Medical Center. If you are assigned to work on a holiday, you will earn another day off.

Activities at UCSF

Student Organizations Students and House Staff (Pharmacy Interns, Medical Interns, and Residents) of the UCSF campus are all at a post-graduate level, so the campus atmosphere will differ from what you may have experienced as an undergraduate student. There are several student organizations on campus with the activity level of each varying each year as student interests change.

Sports and Athletics at the UCSF Campus UCSF maintains two gyms, one at Millberry Student Union at Parnassus and one at Mission Bay, containing poosl, racquetball courts, basketball, and volleyball facilities, and a spacious fitness center with a full line of Cybex weight machines, aerobic machines, and free weights. Intramural team sports, martial arts, and aerobic classes are scheduled, as well as recreational classes. Outdoors Unlimited sponsors ski cabins at Tahoe and Heavenly Valley, rents camping and aquatic equipment, and teaches classes in sail boarding on San Francisco Bay.

For more information about UCSF Student Organizations and Programs, please visit the UCSF Campus Life Services website at  


Even though we are in "sunny" California, the weather in San Francisco is usually cool and moderate all year. There are a few hot days during the spring and in the early fall.  July and August are generally cold, foggy, and windy at our location in San Francisco. Year round, the average temperature is from 55-60 degrees. Other parts of the Bay Area experience clear and very warm weather in the summer months. Outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round.