The program fee is $12,000 to participate in the Dietetic Internship (DI). Additional expenses as outlined below are approximate and not included in the program fee. The intern is responsible for housing, transportation (and associated costs), and any other personal expenses incurred.

Description $ Amount
The U of M DI Program Fee for MN Residents and Out of State $12,000
U of M U Card Included in program fee
Background Study Clearance Included in program fee
Immunizations Approximately $100
Health and Auto Insurance Variable
Parking Fees $100-300
*Professional Liability Insurance $35-50
ServSafe Manager Certification up to $179
Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics $58
Required books, professional meetings, workshops and conferences $200-300
Lab Coat (mandatory at some facilities) Approximately $50
Computer and Internet Variable



Program Fee

  • Upon acceptance of an internship position, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required
  • FULL payment (less $500 deposit) is due the week of orientation
  • Check or money order should be made payable to the "University of Minnesota"
  • Program Fee and associated costs are subject to change each year
  • Graduate students who participated in the preselect process must maintain active status as a Graduate School student. Follow all Grad 999 Registration requirements, and confer with your Advisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies if questions arise. Note: Students who have participated in the computer matching process are not required to do this.

U of M U Card
The U Card is your Official University of Minnesota photo ID card. Use your U Card to access campus services and more.

Background Study Clearance
Prior to orientation, all U of M DI interns will be asked to provide information required for a background study clearance. This is to comply with the Vulnerable Adults Act which requires the Department of Human Services to perform background studies of individuals who have potential contact with patients.

Immunizations must be completed prior to orientation. Interns must provide sufficient documentation of immunization compliance to the Internship Director on the first day of orientation. Please note that interns in need of vaccinations must obtain them from their private physician before the start of the internship. The University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship and its affiliates do not provide vaccinations or testing to interns.

Health Insurance
Each intern must provide proof of health insurance with a hospitalization component to the Internship Director on the first day or orientation. The cost of insurance will vary and cannot be estimated by the Dietetic Internship Program.  

Personal Auto Liability Insurance
The University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship assumes no liability for safety in travel to or from supervised practice sites. Therefore, each intern is required to provide proof of personal auto liability insurance (a requirement by the state of Minnesota) to the Internship Director on the first day of orientation. The cost of auto insurance will vary and cannot be estimated by the Dietetic Internship Program.

Sites will vary among students and among rotations. Due to various site locations and travel distance between facilities, public transportation is not adequate. Each intern is required to have a reliable form of transportation. Distances are up to 35 miles (from the St. Paul campus). Parking is generally provided, but may be $2-10/day.

Professional Liability Insurance
Interns are required to obtain professional liability insurance at their own expense. The intern must provide the Internship Director with a valid insurance certificate on the first day of orientation. Interns should contact the carrier recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

*The University carries professional liability insurance for U of M Graduate Student interns registered in Health Sciences degree programs who are engaged in supervised practice activities.

ServSafe Certification
Verification of ServSafe Manager certification is required at the start of the internship program.  

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership
Student membership of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is mandatory in order to access the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL), tutorials, journal articles and other resources.

Room and board on campus: Not Available
Interns are responsible for securing his/her own housing within the Twin Cities local area.

Additional Items

  • Internet access and computer with printer availability
  • GPS navigation system to easily and safely navigate the Twin Cities

Upon Graduation

Financial Aid, Loans, Scholarships

Interns who are current U of M Graduate Students are considered “enrolled students” as long as they do not graduate. Other interns, unless enrolled elsewhere for other reasons, cannot qualify for federal financial aid assistance because this program is not certified by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for Title IV student financial aid. However, interns may be able to defer existing student loans. If necessary, a letter stating your placement in the dietetic internship program can be provided; please contact the Internship Director if needed.

U of M Dietetic Internship Program faculty encourages students to pursue scholarships that are available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study. The number of scholarships varies from year to year, each with a value range of $500 to $10,000 each. Contact the Foundation staff at 800-877-1600, ext. 4793 or check their scholarships web page for further information. Scholarship Recipients for 2018-2019

U of M graduate students participating in the dietetic internship may be enrolled only in the credit(s) related to the U of M DI and should not have an assistantship. It is not recommended that students pursuing full-time study in the U of M DI program be actively involved in their graduate degree program.

Any intern employed on a supplemental basis must adhere to the following:

  • Employment does not interfere with the internship program schedule and expectations
  • Dietetic internship performance must be exemplary

Please check with the Internship Director if you have concerns about this.