Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital - Dietetic Internship Program
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Dietetic Internship Program


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Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

Stipend: For 2020-2021, the stipend will be approximately$12,870 (gross)for the 42 weeks of the internship. This equates to approximately $1,226 (gross) per month.  Stipends are subject to state and federal taxes as well as elective premium or other payments. The amount of the stipend is subject to change at the beginning of each fiscal year, October 1.

Estimated Expenses

Housing (approximate off campus)

potential cost of off-VA campus parking, trains,
buses, and cabs to affiliations, workshops, professional meetings,
and volunteer/community experiences.
(Cost of gas for personally owned vehicle not included in this estimate)



Registration Exam Review Session

$225 - $250


~$175 - $200


~$225 - $275

Student membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (for 2020-2021, through May 31, 2021

Student Membership in local dietetic associations (depending on AND membership status)


~ $15- $25 each

Student professional liability insurance (depending on level of coverage; less if you're an AND member)

~$30 - $45

Other expenses vary by intern and include clothing, transportation, health insurance, meals, and personal expenses.

Interns are responsible for meeting all expenses required to satisfactorily complete the internship. Due to increasing budgetary constraints, other expenses may occur which may not be listed here.

Health Service/ Health Insurance - Interns are required to obtain personal health insurance. Upon appointment, they will be eligible for the Federal Employee's Health Benefits (FEHB) Programs and will have 60 days after entering on duty to enroll in FEHB if this option for personal health insurance is selected. Information on these benefits will be provided during New Employee Orientation for the Hines VA.  Interns must show proof of health insurance coverage for the duration of their internship appointment at Hines VA Hospital.

Student Loans - Assistance will be provided on documentation regarding forbearance of student loan obligations.

Scholarships - Information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-sponsored scholarships can be obtained from: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/leadership/honors-and-awards/grants-and-scholarships


Transportation -  Interns are responsible for transportation to all work and meeting sites, and for arriving on time for all scheduled rotations. Several of the affiliation sites are 20 - 30 miles from Hines, so access to a car during the internship is highly recommended. Public transportation is easily accessed in Chicago and nearby suburbs. However, if you do not plan to have a car during the internship, it is best to find an apartment close to one of the mass transit stops (elevated train stop, bus stop, etc.)

For more information, please see Maps, Driving Directions, Parking Information.