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Dietetic Internship Program

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Estimated Program Expenses

All expenses directly related to the program's experiences, rotation and assignments will be covered by the sponsoring organization. The program will not be covering costs or requirements of application fees, housing, meals, personal transportation, books, professional association dues or meeting attendance, registration exam, or supplemental resources.

Costs to the intern may include:

  • Application fees: Not covered by the sponsoring facility. Intern will need to cover all associated application fees with the online centralized internship application, DICAS and computer matching fees associated with the applicant's registration
  • Immunization and physical exam fees: Covered and completed by the sponsoring facility.
  • Background check and fingerprinting: Covered and completed by the sponsoring facility. An additional expense may occur if affiliate site require a separate background check or fingerprinting. 
  • Basic Life Support Certification: Training and certification covered by the sponsoring facility.
  • ServSafe Manager Training: Training only offered and covered by the sponsoring facility; Intern will need to arrange and cover cost of the exam if choosing to take the exam
  • Food Service Uniform: Covered by the sponsoring facility
  • Facility badge: Covered by the sponsoring facility; intern responsible for cost of replacement if lost or stolen
  • General supplies (paper, pens, highlighters, etc): Covered by the sponsoring facility
  • Housing - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. Dependent on where intern chooses to reside. Reno/Sparks location is close to the practicum site. Room and board for rentals can range from $750-$1000/month for a 1-bedroom apartment. Rental prices are subject to change.
  • Meals - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. Varies
  • Resource materials and supplies - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. $100
  • Professional membership in AND - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. $50
  • Health and car insurance - Not covered by the internship program, varies
  • Professional liability ins. - Covered by the sponsoring facility
  • Transportation - Transportation between VA facilities as part of internship rotations is provided by the sponsoring facility, transportation to specialty rotations outside the VA is not covered by the facility and is the responsibility of the intern. Interns are expected to have a valid driver's license and current automotive insurance.
  • Professional meetings - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. $65-150
  • Registration examination - Not covered by the sponsoring facility. $200
  • COVID-19, flu shot, and standard medical facility related vaccinations will be required - Typically covered by sponsoring facility but may be at the expense of the student.  

*Dietetic interns are encouraged to bring a calculator and textbooks related to medical nutrition therapy, food and drug interactions and medical terminology. Internship assignments, unless otherwise indicated, must be typed.


Interns must have a car and current auto insurance. Most affiliate locations are within 20 miles of the VASNHCS. Parking is free at the VASNHCS and at all affiliate sites. Interns may receive VA reimbursement for using public transportation.


Each intern may receive a stipend for the 31 week program as funding allows. This is subject to change yearly and is paid bi-weekly. The amount you receive 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. A stipend is not guaranteed. 

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.