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Dietetic Internship Program

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VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan)

Stipend and Benefits:

  • Stipend - $28,200 gross pay (hourly rate is approximately $15 per hour)
  • Annual Leave - 5 working days per year
  • Sick Leave - 13 working days per year
Estimated Minimum Expenses:
  • Application Fee for Internship- None
  • Travel from USA- $200.00-500.00 round trip (varies)
  • Housing- $600-800.00 per month (varies)
  • Transportation - $100-400.00 per month (varies)
  • Books/RDN test study materials- $600.00 (varies)
  • Uniforms - $300.00 (varies)
  • Professional meetings - $250.00 (varies)
  • Health insurance - $100.00 per month (varies)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Student Membership - $58.00
  • Registration Examination for Dietitians following graduation- $200.00
  • Licenses in the state of Puerto Rico - $350.00
  • Background check- free
  • Drug Testing- not required by VA
  • Medical/physical exam and immunizations- free when completed at VA
  • Lab coats- free provided from VA
Parking and Transportation: Parking at VA Caribbean Healthcare System is free. **Dietetic interns are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the VHCHS and to affiliated institutions. 

Health Insurance: Interns are eligible to use Employee Health for work related health problems or injuries.

Financial aid: Financial aid is not available, but dietetic interns are encouraged apply for different scholarships offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic and other organizations in the field.  

We do not provide student loans; however, interns may qualify for loan forbearance. Contact your loan provider for more information.