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The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) is a 40-week supervised practice experience for interns pursuing dietetic registration.   MDI is headquartered at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman where intern orientation and professional development weeks are completed along with selected supervised practice experiences.  Additional supervised practice sites and rotations are in seven geographic areas including Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula and Sheridan, WY. After four weeks of orientation/professional development/sustainable food systems foundation work, each intern will be assigned to a geographic region based on preference and preceptor availability.  Supervised practice rotations will provide interns with experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and foodservice management to meet ACEND-supervised practice competencies.

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.  Interns will work at Towne's Harvest Garden, an experiential learning laboratory for students at MSU, participate in tours and field trips, will execute interprofessional projects such as Culinary Medicine workshops with medical students, and research and teach peers about food system issues and how they relate to the dietetics profession.

During the internship, interns will participate in or co-lead weekly on-line classes supervised by the MDI program directors.  Interns will prepare weekly for predetermined class topics by completing assigned readings and activities.  Each intern will be responsible for delivering two classes (one in partnership with another intern and one individual) during the course; the first topic is assigned by the directors and is supportive of supervised learning and either focuses on enhancing RDN exam readiness or discussing a “hot topic” in nutrition.  The second topic is intern selected and meets learning criteria provided by the directors with the continued aim of supporting supervised learning and exam preparedness.  

Interns successfully completing the MDI program will obtain a certificate (DI verification statement) that will qualify a graduate to take the dietetic registration exam and 12 non-degree graduate credits.



  • Food Service Management
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition
  • Sustainable Food Systems concentration