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Non-Degree Graduate Dietetic Internship

The Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University (MSU) offers a non-degree graduate dietetic internship. The Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) is a fully accredited program with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Interns typically began the first full week of August and graduate by the first week of June. The MDI program participates in the spring computer matching period for dietetic internship appointments. 

For more information about the April match follow the link above titled, "Application Procedures."


Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI)

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.


The MDI Program is a 40-week dietetic internship including 1,315 hours of supervised practice in various clinical and non-clinical settings, a weekly webinar-based didactic course to support supervised practice learning, and 12 non-degree graduate internship credits. In addition to completing practice experiences at Montana State University (MSU)-Bozeman, interns will be assigned to one of seven geographic areas in the state of Montana and Wyoming to fulfill the majority of their required supervised practice hours. The areas are: Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula in Montana and Sheridan in Wyoming. Initially, MDI interns complete two weeks of program orientation/professional development and four weeks of sustainable food systems foundation and applied work in Bozeman; interns then progress to supervised practice as noted above through late May 2019. The final week of the internship includes wrap-up activities, RDN exam preparation, a professional presentation at the Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Food and Nutrition Summit, and a graduation celebration. Interns graduating from this program will earn a verification statement that allows them to sit for the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and 12 non-degree graduate credits.

To check the current accreditation status of this program, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Phone: 800 877-1600, x. 5400 or 312 899-0040
Fax: 312 899-4817
Address: 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

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This information applies to the non-degree graduate dietetic internship certificate program.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of student who have completed this program, and other important information, please visit the Office of Planning and Analysis.