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Dietetic Internship FAQs

Applying for a dietetic internship is a big step in your professional career path. We’re here to support you and answer questions along the way. Below are common questions that prospective interns—just like you—have asked during the application process.

Where will I live?

Look for an apartment near public transportation (a ‘T’ stop) in the areas near Mount Auburn Hospital, including Cambridge, Watertown, Somerville and Boston. Rent can be costly, so we can help you find a roommate by putting you in touch with other Boston-area interns. 

Learn more about living in Cambridge.

How will I get around?

A vehicle is recommended for some of the off-site rotations, however, not required.  All rotations can be reached by public transportation.  We recommend using public transportation since it is an affordable and reliable way to get around.  Learn about public transit with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

How do I prepare for Boston weather?

Boston is cold in the winter and a five-minute wait for the bus can seem like eternity without the right gear. So bring (or buy) a heavy winter coat, gloves, hats, scarves and boots. On the other hand, summers are warm (up to 95 degrees) and can get very humid.

Is there a dress code?

Dress codes vary among rotations, but tailored, professional clothing is required anytime you’re representing Mount Auburn Hospital

  • For food service rotations: Wear dark pants and comfortable, closed-toed shoes with non-slip soles.
  • For other rotations: Wear closed-toed shoes. Professional-looking khakis are acceptable. Skirts must be paired with nylons, and you must wear socks or stockings with pants. You’ll also wear a white lab coat.

How much time will I devote to internship activities?

Interns are on duty for at least eight hours a day, five days a week, including some weekends and holidays. Scheduled hours vary depending on the rotation, and you may be expected to remain on duty after hours due to the nature of the work.

Work hours vary by rotation. You may need to be at the hospital as early as 5:30 a.m. for the food service rotation. Most clinical and community rotations start anywhere from 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Commuting time varies; traffic can be unpredictable in the Boston area.

You’ll spend additional time on homework and projects. Time required for homework and projects varies among rotations; some rotations have no outside work, others may require up to 10 hours a week.

How can prepare for my internship?

Complete the summer assignment and review charting in the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) note format. You may also want to review notes from college courses, especially from diet therapy or medical nutrition therapy classes. Come with a positive attitude and be prepared to work hard—that’s what your preceptors expect from you—and you won’t be disappointed!

How many interns do you accept annually?

2 every year

How many applications do you receive every year?

On average the program receives 35 applications 

How much does the program cost?

  • Tuition is $1200 paid at the time of acceptance
  • Interns receive a monthly stipend of $354, total of $3900
  • An intern is responsible for their own housing and transportation either via car or public transportation

How long is the program?

  • 46 weeks: Starts the Tuesday after Labor Day and ends the following July
  • Interns receive 2 weeks vacation, plus holidays, and up to 4 sick/personal days per year

What are the benefits to Mount Auburn Dietetic Internship?

  • Small program combines the benefits of a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in a community type setting
  • Size of the internship allows for more personal attention

Schedule a Tour

We encourage all perspective interns to participate in a virtual tour. It provides a chance to meet the staff and current interns, and learn more about our dietetic internship program. Tours will be Fridays at 8:30 am on the following dates: November 13 & 20, December 4, 11 & 18, and January 8 & 15. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact program director Emily Lotterhand or call 617-499-5665, Extension 3059. 

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