MDI affiliated healthcare facilities ask that students/interns be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide an approved medical/religious exemption form. Interns will be required to provide documentation prior to starting their supervised practice year.
Learn More about the MDI
Watch the MDI Open House recording from Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Introduction to MDI
The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) integrates experiences in clinical and community nutrition, and foodservice management with a sustainable food systems focus to provide a unique and progressive supervised dietetic practice experience to future registered dietitians.
Surrounded by mountains and farmland, Montana State University offers the perfect backdrop for dietetic interns interested in food systems and sustainable practices. Students will have the opportunity to work at MSU's Towne’s Harvest Garden, participate in field trips to local farms/ranches and lead interprofessional projects such as Culinary Medicine sessions with nursing and medical students.
The MDI program prepares future dietitians to be innovative leaders in the implementation of sustainable food practices in all areas of dietetics. Interns spend 13-15 weeks in a large hospital system in a more urban area and 2 weeks in one of the many critical access hospitals that serve the rural areas. Montana and Wyoming are both primarily rural with unique considerations for access to healthcare. Our dedicated facilities and preceptors provide MDI interns with opportunities to practice their clinical skills, with the unique lens in SFS, with a rural healthcare focus.
The Montana Dietetic Internship offers two pathways. Visit the links below to learn more.
Master of Science/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI)
Non-Degree Graduate Dietetic Internship (DI) - Currently no slots available
Visit our Program Costs Page for information on estimated tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
MDI requires students/interns to provide the following documentation before starting supervised practice:
- Clear drug test
- Background check
- Verification of required current immunizations and vaccines, including COVID-19
Intern Perspectives Videos
- Montana Dietetic Internship Tips & Tricks for Navigating the MS/DI Program
- The Benefits of MS Coursework before the DI
- Interns' Favorite Dietetic Systems Leadership MS Coursework
Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Focus
The goal of MDI is to develop leaders who can think outside the box and create innovative solutions to real world problems using the unique lens of SFS and rural healthcare.
With four weeks dedicated to exploring the Gallatin Valley’s vibrant food system, MDI cultivates a unique lens for interns to take into professional practice with opportunities to apply their strong systems and critical thinking skills to be important change agents in the health of individuals and communities.
Out of the box problem solving skills are developed through:
- researching and discussing important topics that impact the dietetics profession
- working together with local partners to deliver programs or execute projects that are mutually beneficial to both interns and the community
- immersing in the production and distribution of organic produce at Towne’s Harvest
- enhancing culinary skills and developing recipes with fresh, local ingredients.