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The Mount Auburn Hospital dietetic internship program begins in September. Interns are on duty at least eight hours a day, five days a week, including some weekends and holidays. Scheduled hours vary depending upon the rotation. Interns may be expected to remain on duty after hours because of the nature of the work. In addition, interns should plan to spend several hours each week on library work, reading and assignments. Each intern is allowed two weeks vacation, eight holidays and eight sick days. Any special requests for schedule adjustments must be discussed when applying to the program. While on duty at the hospital and hospital affiliates, interns are required to wear white lab coats. Tailored professional clothing is required during any other activities where interns represent Mount Auburn Hospital.

Financial Information 

Application Fee for the Internship Program is $60.00.   
Tuition Fee of $1200 and is required at the time of acceptance into the program.
Monthly stipend of $325 is paid to each intern for a total of $3900. 

The intern is responsible for cost of re-locating to and living in the Boston area.  Travel to off-site rotations may require access to a car.

Below estimates the cost of living expenses:

  • Housing (rental in/near Cambridge area) -- $800-$1300/month
  • Health Insurance—Individual hospital plans are available for $22-$80 / week
  • Transportation-- MBTA discount is available for a  monthly pass
  • Food/meals outside of hospital—approximately $200/month

Benefits:

  • Reimbursement for Professional liability insurance
  • Registration fee for Children's Hospital Boston pediatric conference
  • 2 lab coats are provided
  • A Meal  is provided each day.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as The Massachusetts Dietetic Association, have scholarships available.

Application Requirements

The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in dietetics, food management or related field from an accredited college or university. The degree must include the minimum academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

To be considered for a dietetic internship at Mount Auburn Hospital:

 

  • Applicants must participate in the on-line Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS), which may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org/, e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The on-line application must be completed for the program by February 15, 2014. The fee to use DICAS is $50 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.     
                     
  • Applicants using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement. The statement for Mount Auburn Hospital's application should express the following:
    • Expectations of the dietetic internship
    • Identifying reasons for choosing a small, clinically focused program in relation to your professional goals
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:

DICAS- Transcript Dept

PO Box 9118

Watertown, Ma 02472

 

  • Three letters of reference will be submitted online to the DICAS reference system. References should be from professionals that are qualified to comment on the applicants academic and/or work ability, potential, personality and character. Two references should be from faculty members and one from an employer.

 

  • Applicants must obtain verification by faculty advisor (or intent to complete) academic requirements for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD).  Applicants can request Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement forms trough DICAS to the DPD Director and electronically sign them to be part of the application.

 

  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching from D & D Digital at www.dnddigital.com. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.

 

  • Applicants must submit this supplemental application and a nonrefundable $60 application fee (payable to: Mount Auburn Hospital). Both the payment and supplemental application must be postmarked by February 15, 2014. Mail to:

 

Emily Lotterhand, MBA, RD, LDN

Dietetic Internship Director

Department of Food and Nutrition

Mount Auburn Hospital

330 Mount Auburn Hospital

Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Selection Criteria

Perspective interns are selected on basis of a variety of criteria:

  • Scholastic Standing:  Each applicant's overall GPA, Science Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and Professional DPD GPA is reviewed.  A GPA>3.0 is recommended 
  • Work, Extracurricular Activities, Continuing Education:  Previous experience in the nutrition field such as volunteering or working is preferred.  However, sports, extracurricular activities, honors, awards, certificates, advanced degree, or other work experiences are advantageous.
  • Letters of Recommendations:  Three letters of recommendation are required from professionals that are qualified to comment on the applicants academic and/or work ability potential, personality, and character.  Two of these letters must be from faculty members and one from an employer.
  • Your Own Personal Letter:  This letter must be well written and personalized.  The letter should address:
    • Expectations of the dietetic internship
    • Identifying reasons for choosing a small, clinically focused program in relation to your professional goals.
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?

Prospective interns are encouraged to visit. You may arrange to participate in a tour where you will meet with the internship director, staff, current interns and see the facilities. The entire tour will take approximately 60-90 minutes.

Tours are available most Fridays at 8:30 am November 2013 -January 2014. RSVP is required to attend a tour.

Please email Emily Lotterhand, Dietetic Internship Director: elotterh@mah.harvard.edu to attend a tour.

Please note, tours will not be held November 1, 29  and December 27. Additional times are available by appointment. Please have available dates when you contact us.

Acceptance Procedures

April 6, 2014:  Personal match results will be available online from D & D Digital systems at 6:00pm Central Daylight Time.

April 8, 2014:  Applicants must telephone 617-499-5665 ext. 3059 or fax 617-499-5688 (attention Emily Lotterhand, Dietetic Internship Director) to confirm the acceptance or rejection of a computer match on or before 5:00 PM EST.

Acceptance is contingent upon passing a physical examination at Mount Auburn Hospital through Employee Health


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