Program fees for the 10 1/2-month program for 2015-2016 are $8,250.00, payable in two installments: the first due in August before the start of the internship, and the second installment by November 1. A $125.00 non-refundable deposit is paid upon acceptance of a match to the program. This deposit is credited to the program fee due in August. A registration fee, estimated to be $45.00 per semester for 2015-2016 , is charged for enrollment in NUTR 698, Nutrition Practicum, in which all interns are enrolled for both fall and spring semesters.
Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements and expenses, and they must have access to individualized transportation, since many of the field sites where interns receive the majority of their training are not easily accessible by public transportation.
A wide variety of housing possibilities is available in the Amherst area, with prices dependent on specific type of arrangement and location. The University’s Off Campus Housing Services website maintains lists of apartments and houses available for rent in the area.
Clinical and some food service management field sites require a lab coat worn over professional clothing, which interns must provide.
Transportation costs can vary based on an intern’s home location and that distance to sites and seminars. Often, interns carpool to distant seminars to share expenses. You MUST have a car to participate in the UMass Amherst Dietetic Internship.
Interns are required to carry their own personal health insurance, and are responsible for its cost. You will be expected to complete a health form for some rotations. Some facilities require proof of immunizations, which you would be expected to provide or pay for yourself.
Interns are expected to be student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Additional costs include texts and other reference books, and attendance at a few professional meetings during the internship year. Student volunteer opportunities at Massachusetts Dietetic Association/Affiliate meetings allow for attendance with reduced registration fees.
Some sites require a CORI (criminal record) check that you will be asked to pay. Other sites may require a drug test (urine). You will be notified of these specific site requirements when the rotation schedule is distributed.
Interns are expected to be certified in safe food handling by the completion of the internship. Many interns complete the ServSafe Certification or Certified Dietary Manager Certification during the summer prior to the start of the internship. It is helpful to complete the certification before the Food Service/Management rotation.