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Dietetic Internship Program

Program Costs

Expenses : Estimated for Dietetic Internship 2013 - 2014

The following expenses of the internship are estimates only.  Variability will occur in the type of housing you find, transportation you require, and if you need health insurance.



Fall Semester (6 credit hours)       $4,365/semester


Spring Semester (3 credit hours)   $2,185/semester






Apartment (One-Bedroom Single Occupancy)3    $720/month


Electricity4     $40/month


Food for Student5     $330/month




Living Expenses6       $292/month


Health Insurance7    $112/month






1includes tuition (dietetic interns receive resident rate regardless of resident status) and required fees (technology fee, student activities fee, student services fee, student union fee, building fee, arts and cultural events fee, recreation fee, professional enhancement, health fees)


2Most books are available for check-out in department resource center.  Registered Dietitian Exam is $200


3Data from a survey of available properties posted on the IMU Off-Campus Housing Service website


4The current trend in the Iowa City area is that apartment prices include all utilities except for electricity


5 Estimate used for food comes from the Official USDA Cost of Food at Home averages determine by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, October 2010 table, Liberal Food Plan for males ages 19-50 years


6Student personal expenses are estimated by using the amount allowed on the Internal Revenue Service Federal Income Tax return for a personal exemption adjusted down to a 10-month basis.  


7Single Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)  http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/health/student/ship.html


8Cost calculated as average of bus on-campus, bus off-campus, car on-campus, and car off-campus)




Employment Opportunities

The internship is a full-time educational experience, and, although outside employment is allowed, it must not interfere with the internship.  Some opportunities to earn additional income may be provided by the Department of Food and Nutrition Services.



Dietetic interns are eligible for guaranteed loans and for deferment of student loans during the internship. To apply for University of Iowa financial aid, the student must be accepted into the Graduate College.  



Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

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. Further information is provided at link:  http://www.eatright.org/foundation/scholarships/


Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers three annual scholarships for $600 each.  Further information provided at link: http://www.eatrightiowa.org/awards/scholarships.html


UIHC Food and Nutrition Services:

The University of Iowa Dietetic Internship offers two scholarships at the end of the internship. 

The Kate Daum Scholarship is to be used by UI Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship graduates involved in graduate study at The University of Iowa. The award range is between $1,000-$4,000.


The Rachel Schemmel Scholarship is awarded to an intern who shows evidence of motivation and professional promise in the field of clinical nutrition.  The award is between $500-$1,000.


A variety of condominiums and apartments may be found within walking distance of University Hospitals.  Housing should be secured sometime in May or June for occupancy in August.

One-and-a-half miles from the hospital, University housing for student families is available. To apply for student housing, one need not have been accepted but only applied for admission to the university. Since the waiting list for this housing is long, those interested should apply immediately.



It is not essential for interns to have a car, and parking is very limited on campus.  Iowa City and Coralville bus service is inexpensive and convenient to most areas.  The University operates a free bus system called CAMBUS, which serves outlying University areas such as student family housing as well as points around the downtown campus



A Student Health fee is required of all University of Iowa students. This enables physician consultations in the Student Health Services to be free of charge.

For More Information, Contact:
Laurie Kroymann MBA, RD, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Department of Food and Nutrition Services
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Dr.  W146 GH
Iowa City, IA  52242-1051
(319) 356-2692

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