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Dietetic Internship Program

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Information on the costs of the MPS can be found on this website by navigating to the "Graduate" tab: Cost of attendance | Twin Cities One Stop Student Services (

Cost savings and funding opportunities:

  • Minnesota residents
  • Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota residents
If you are a resident of any of the above states, you may qualify for reciprocity tuition rates that are lower than nonresident tuition rates, and, in some cases, are comparable to resident rates.  Once you are in the supervised practice portion of the program, you will receive $25,200, paid bi-weekly, which may help offset some of the costs of the graduate degree.

  • Funding through graduate degree portion of program (financial aid, grants, research and teaching assistantships, and fellowships).  Visit for the most up-to-date information on funding available through the University of Minnesota.

Stand-Alone/DI Only and DI portion of MPS/DI


  • Housing- $800 and up
  • Meals (hospital cafeteria)- $4-10
  • Resources materials and supplies- $100 (optional, if additional are needed)
  • Professional membership in AND- $58 (optional)
  • Health and car insurance- varies
  • Professional liability insurance- $35-$65
  • Registration examination- $200

Dietetic interns are encouraged to bring a calculator and textbooks related to medical nutrition therapy, food and drug interactions and medical terminology. Laptops and other resource materials will be supplied, including library resources and the Nutrition Care Manual.  Interns must have internet access at home if they wish to do any optional telework.


Interns must have a car and current auto insurance. Most affiliate locations are within 35 miles of the MVAHCS. Parking is free at the MVAHCS and at most affiliate sites.


Each intern receives an allocation of approximately $25,200 for the 42 week program. This is subject to change yearly and is paid bi-weekly. The amount you recieve as 'take home' pay will vary based on whether or not you choose to utilize the VA benefits offered to trainees as well as other deductions, such as taxes.

Scholarship Information

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a variety of scholarships to dietetic interns. Contact AND (800-877-1600, ext. 5400) or check their website for further information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available; however, student loans may be deferred in most cases.