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The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) is a 41-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 located in seven geographic areas including Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula and Sheridan, WY. After three weeks of orientation/professional development, 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 rotation will occur following the internship orientation at MSU.  Interns will work at Towne's Harvest Garden, an experiential learning laboratory for the Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems degree program.   They will also engage in projects in the Herrick Hall Food Lab in collaboration with campus and community partners such as University Food Services and Gallatin County Extension

During the internship, interns will participate in or lead weekly on-line, workshops supervised by the MDI program directors.  Interns will prepare weekly for predetermined workshop topics by completing assigned readings and activities.  Each intern will be responsible for delivering two workshops during the course; the first workshop 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 graduate credits.




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