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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Below are some common questions that prospective interns usually have for internship programs...and our interns have provided the answers for the internship at Mount Auburn.

1. Where will I live?

Boston area rent can be very expensive. Mount Auburn can help by putting you in contact with other Boston-area interns who are in your same situation so you can share an apartment. A helpful website is to see what is available. A car is required for the internship. However, if you plan on taking public transportation (which is strongly recommend) look for housing near a "T" stop. Areas surrounding Mount Auburn: Cambridge, Watertown, Somerville, and Boston.

2. For those not use to cold winters... What can I do to prepare for the weather?

Boston is COLD in the winter! Bring (or buy) a heavy winter coat, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and anything else that will keep you warm. Waiting for the bus for five minutes can seem like an eternity when you don't have the proper clothes. The summers are hot (up to 95 degrees) and VERY humid at times.

3. What is the dress code like?

The dress code varies from rotation to rotation. During food service rotations, comfortable, closed toed shoes (non slip soles) and dark pants are recommended. Other rotations require a professional-looking appearance. Open-toed shoes are not allowed during any rotation. Skirts must be paired with nylons, and socks or stockings must be worn with slacks or pants. Professional-looking khaki's are allowed.

4. How do interns make it through the year financially?

During the internship, school loans can be deferred. Scholarships are available through the American Dietetic Association and sometimes through your state dietetic association. Some interns in the past have had part-time jobs to bring in extra money. The stipend which is about $325/month is also helpful. Interns usually make it through the year with the help of family or some other kind of financial assistance through their bank.

5. How much time do interns have to devote to the internship?

The internship usually requires 8 hours each working day plus homework and projects. Occasional Saturdays and Sundays are also required. Time devoted to homework and projects varies from rotation to rotation--some have no outside work, and some can require up to 10 hours a week. Interns receive two weeks of scheduled vacation time, eight holidays and eight sick days.

6. What will my hours be?

Though you will typically work 8 hours a day, the start and end times can vary from rotation to rotation. Some days during the food service rotation require you to be there as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 10:30 a.m. Most clinical and community rotations start anywhere from 7-9 a.m. and end between 3:30-6:00p.m. Commuting time will vary from rotation to rotation. Traffic can be unpredictable in a large metropolitan area such as Boston.

7. What are class days like?

Three Mondays a month, you will have class with the interns from Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Classes consist of presentations of student projects, guest speakers, and other various related topics. These classes are held at BIDMC, which can be reached by public transportion. One Monday a month, there is usually a joint intern class where interns from all over the Massachusetts area meet--a total of about 80 interns. These classes are held at various locations and cover a variety of topics. Class days are usually looked forward to by interns because of the added social interaction and the opportunity to meet leaders in the field of dietetics.

8. What can I do to prepare?

Complete the summer assignment thoroughly and review charting in the NCP note format. Old notes from college courses (especially from Diet Therapy or Medical Nutrition Therapy courses) may come in handy. Come with a positive attitude and prepared to work hard--this is what all the preceptors expect from you--and you will not be disappointed!

**Other questions for current interns can be sent to the internship director, who will forward them on to be answered.

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Nutrition Preceptors
Past Nutrition Interns
FAQ for Dietetic Internship

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