Non-Degree DI and MS/DI Application Requirements 2021-22 

The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) integrates experiences in clinical and community nutrition, foodservice management, and a concentration in sustainable food systems to provide a unique and progressive supervised dietetic practice experience to future registered dietitians. The MDI program meets the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Competencies for preparing knowledgeable professionals in the practice of dietetics.

Please note: In the 2021 application cycle,  we will have 6-8 openings for the Non-Degree Graduate DI and 26 openings for the MS/DI program. Applicants can apply to either the DI or the MS/DI but cannot apply to both program tracks; clearly indicate the program that you are applying for (DI or MS/DI).

Masters of Science/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) - Dietetic Systems Leadership

  • Program begins on May 10th, 2021 and ends in May 2023
  • First year consists of online coursework; Second year consists of supervised practice hours
  • 39 graduate-level credits
  • Able to remain in home community for first year; assigned to one of eight geographic areas for supervised practice (locations listed above)

Non-Degree Graduate Dietetic Internship (DI) - Sustainable Food Systems

  • Program begins in early August 2021 and ends in May 2022 (exact dates TBD) 
  • 36 weeks of supervised practice
  • 12 non-degree graduate internship credits
  • Assigned to one of eight geographic areas in Montana or Wyoming (Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula, Sheridan or Gillette)

 The MDI selection process allows for slots to be filled through the preselect process and from the national pool of applicants. Graduates with degrees from Montana State University’s Food and Nutrition Program, with appropriate Verification Statements qualify to apply to MDI in the preselect category. All applications are reviewed by the MDI selection committee to determine final interns.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for the DI or MS/DI in the preselect category:

  • Completion, or near completion of, a degree from MSU with the appropriate Verification Statement from the Department of Health and Human Development Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  • Submit your application through the DICAS Portal indicating MDI as a choice by January 4th, 2021, 5:00 pm MST.
  • Preselect candidates only applying to MDI do not need to register with D&D Digital.

To be considered for the DI or MS/DI in the national selection category:

  • Submit your application through the DICAS Portal indicating MDI as a choice
  • Register online with D&D Digital and enter MDI in your list of dietetic internship preferences by 11:59 pm CST, February 15th, 20201. 

Applicant Notification

  • Applicants in the preselect category will be notified of the committee decision by Friday, January 22nd, 2021, and must confirm acceptance of the match appointment with the MDI Director by Monday, January 25th, 2021, 5:00 pm MST. A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required by Friday, January 29th, 2021 to hold your slot in the program.
  • Applicants in the national selection category will be notified beginning at 11:00 am, CST, on Monday, April 5th, 2021, and must confirm acceptance of match appointment on or before Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, 11:00 am MST. A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required by Friday, April 9th, 2021 to hold your slot in the program.

To successfully apply to DI or MS/DI complete the following:

  1. To be considered, an application fee of $55 needs to be sent directly to MDI. This fee should be postmarked by the application deadline. This is a separate fee from the D&D Digital and DICAS fees. Please send to:

Attn: Coleen Kaiser

Montana Dietetic Internship

Montana State University

PO Box 173370

Bozeman, MT 59717-3370

Make checks payable to Montana Dietetic Internship. **Please note that the Application Fee is NONREFUNDABLE** This is a separate fee from the D&D Digital and DICAS fees.

  1. Submit application materials through the Dietetic Internship Computer Application Service (DICAS) Portal by January 4, 2021 for preselect and by February 15, 2021 for the national selection.

Resources including instructional videos for using DICAS are available from ACEND.

**Note – individuals accepting a match appointment with MDI will be required to complete a background check. Applicants shall include in the ‘Background Section’ of their DICAS application any information that could appear in a background check. Background checks are comprehensive and can include findings such as all arrests and criminal charges even if dismissed or deferred, as well as expunged records. Failure to disclose a discrepancy could have worse consequences than not disclosing on DICAS if discovered later upon review of a background check report and may be cause for termination from the program.

  1. Submit through DICAS an official Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or a completed Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree statement, and official transcript(s).
  2. In the DICAS application personal statement section please title your statement specifically for MDI and address the following questions in approximately 1,000 words (*not 500 words as misstated in the Virtual Open House):

A. Which program are you applying for (Non-Degree Graduate DI or MS/DI)?

B. Why have you selected a career in the field of dietetics?

C. How would a sustainable food systems background benefit you as a dietetic professional? What is the importance of considering sustainable food systems to the profession?

D. Describe how you would be successful living and working in rural communities in Montana. Include your experience and/or philosophy in working with Native or minority populations.

E. How does your background and experience strengthen your ability to succeed in the internship and your potential to contribute to the food and nutrition profession?

F. State your professional goals: short-term (1-3 years) and longer (3-5 years).  How will the MDI program help you achieve these goals?

G. Address any weaknesses in your application.

H. Why should you be selected as an intern for the MDI program?

**In addition to answering the questions listed please identify your top two preferred regions for the majority of your rotation placement (Billings, Butte, Helena, Kalispell, Great Falls, Missoula or Sheridan or Gillette, WY). Preferences will be taken into account, but there is no guarantee for a particular placement. Interns will be given their rotation placement prior to the beginning of the internship for the purposes of planning logistics.

  1. Three letters of recommendation are required and will be submitted through DICAS in an electronic format. References should be written by:
  • One or two collegiate professors (RDN or non-RDN)
  • Employer, (RDN or Non-RDN) and/or an RDN with whom you have worked or volunteered
  • Please notify your references that once their contact information has been provided to DICAS an email is generated requesting them to complete a reference for you. Refer your references to an instructional video for further clarification, Submitting Reference Letters to Centralized DI Application System
  1. For national selection applicants– in addition to submitting your application to Montana Dietetic Internship through DICAS and sending the application fee to MSU, each national applicant must also register through D&D Digital and include either the DI or MS/DI in their prioritized list. 
  2. Please note that you do not need to apply to the MSU Graduate School until after you have been oficially accepted into the DI or MS/DI program. Upon acceptance into the DI or MS/DI program, we will send you the link to apply to the grad school. 
  3. Optional for MS/DI Applicants Only- GRE scores can be sent to Montana State University, Campus Code 4488.