Montana Dietetic Internship
Montana Dietetic Internship
The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) starts in late July/early August each year. MDI is a 40-week internship program, which includes 1315 hours of supervised practice. The initial orientation and professional development weeks as well as selected supervised practice experiences will take place at MSU-Bozeman and surrounding areas. After six weeks of orientation, professional development and sustainable food systems foundation and applied work, each intern will be assigned to a geographic region based on preference and preceptor availability. Interns successfully completing the MDI program will obtain a certificate (DI verification statement) that will qualify them to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The concentration for this dietetic internship is Sustainable Food Systems. The Sustainable Food Systems foundation work and practicum will occur following the internship orientation at MSU-Bozeman. Interns will work at Towne's Harvest Garden, an experiential learning laboratory for students at MSU. Other experiences include tours and field trips of local farms, food production facilities, local food banks and other community organizations. Interns will also execute interprofessional projects such as Culinary Medicine sessions with medical and nursing students, and research and teach peers about food system issues and how they relate to the dietetics profession.
2020/2021 Program Dates
August 3, 2020 – May 28, 2021
Holiday Breaks: November 23-27, 2020 and December 21, 2020- January 1, 2021
MDI consists of 40-weeks of supervised practice and does not follow the MSU-Bozeman academic calendar. Any additional holidays will be determined by preceptor schedule but are not guaranteed.
The initial six weeks of orientation, professional development and sustainable foods foundation and applied weeks will take place at MSU-Bozeman and surrounding areas.
Interns will be assigned to one of eight geographic regions in Montana or Wyoming for the remainder of their supervised practice hours. Locations in Montana include Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Locations in Wyoming include Sheridan and Gillette. Interns can indicate their top two location choices in the MDI application.
During the internship, interns will complete 12 non-degree graduate credits. The coursework includes Food Systems Leadership for Nutrition Professionals and Dietetic Professionalism/Supervised Practice. The coursework will include professional presentations, written research papers, assigned readings, group projects and guest lectures.
MDI Supervised Practice (SP) Experience Hours (based on 35 hrs/wk):
|2 weeks Orientation/Professional Development Projects||
70 hours (20 hrs SP)
|8 weeks Community Nutrition||280 hours|
|Sustainable Foods Syststems (SFS) Concentration|
|Foundation Work||(2 wks)|
|SFS Applied - Towne’s Harvest/ Campus/Community||(2 wks)|
|Various (i.e., MSU Extension, Team Nutrition, IHS, NCAT, University Community, HHD Child Development Center, Farm to School, etc.)||(2 wks)|
|Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)||(2 wks)|
|9 weeks Food Service Management||315 hours|
|Office of Public Instruction (OPI)||(2 wks)|
|K-12/University Food Service||(2 wks)|
|Large Hospital Food Service||(3 wks)|
|Food Bank or Non-profit (i.e., NCAT, Food-Hubs and Coalitions, etc.)||(2 wks)|
|16 weeks Clinical Nutrition||560 hours|
|Comprehensive Care Facilities||(14 wks)|
|(Depending on cluster may include VA Hospital, private pay or children’s hospital, long-term care, etc.)|
|Critical Access Hospital||(2 wks)|
|4 weeks Self-Select Rotation||140 hours|
|Potential Out of State or International|
|Potential Clinical Rotation: Eating Disorders; Mental Health; Bariatric Surgery; Sports/Wilderness|
|Potential Food Service Rotation: Restaurant; Chef, Dept. of Corrections|
|Potential Community Rotation: Human Resource Council; Child Nutrition Programs; Marketing/Media OR Business/Industry; Policy Legislation; Hunger/Food Insecurity|
|Potential Sustainable Food Systems: Farm production; Non-profits, Agricultural Business|
|1-week Final Evaluation/Graduation||35 hours|
|TOTAL WEEKS:||40 wks|
|TOTAL SUPERVISED PRACTICE HOURS:||1315 hours|
|TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS:||1400 hours|
- Food Service Management
- Clinical Nutrition
- Community Nutrition
- Sustainable Food Systems concentration
- Proof of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and/or dietetics from an ACEND accredited program, or proof of a master’s degree in nutrition and/or dietetics and/or related major from an accredited college or university is needed. Proof of earned degree will be provided by a final transcript. (Alternatively, prospective students may have earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field but completed post-baccalaureate didactic coursework in dietetics from an accredited college or university).
- Verification statement (or declaration of intent) from an accredited didactic program.
- Preferred 100 hours of volunteer or work experience in food, nutrition and/or dietetics.
- Three references from dietetic professionals, faculty and/or employers.
- GRE is not required for MDI internship only program.
- Application will be evaluated based on a variety of factors including scholastic achievement, work/volunteer experience, professional references, leadership abilities and program fit.
To learn about the Montana Dietetic Internship program costs, please visit the MDI Program Costs Page .
To view the printable program handbook, please download the MDI Handbook 2020-2022.