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Alberta’s Municipal Internship Program

Discover the world of opportunities available to you through the Alberta Municipal Internship Program.

Whether you join the internship program as an administrator, finance officer or land use planner intern, you will receive exceptional training, professional development and support designed to give you the knowledge and experience to become a future leader and professional in municipal government.

What are you interested in?

  1. Administration, management and leadership
  2. Accounting and finance
  3. Land use planning and development

Interested in municipal management and leadership?

The ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT stream of the Internship Program is for new or recent post-secondary graduates with a desire to learn how municipalities operate and how they are managed. Gradutaes with degrees or diplomas in any discipline are eligible to apply.

Administrator interns gain experience by completing rotations through each department in the host municipality and taking on various job tasks and projects in each area. Responsibilities and activities in this role include, but are not limited to: 

  • Participating in management team meetings
  • Presenting to council and/or committees
  • Developing bylaws and policies
  • Leading and managing projects
  • Solving problems that affect the community
  • Job shadowing

Professional development, networking and opportunities to learn about a specialization within the municipal government sector are extensive during the 12-month internship. 

Interested in the working in municipal accounting and finance?

The ACCOUNTING/FINANCE stream of the Internship Program is for new or recent post-secondary graduates who have completed degree or diploma programs majoring in accounting or finance and have a desire to learn about municipal and public sector accounting. 

Finance officer interns gain experience by learning and working in different areas of the finance department, as well as a few rotations to key departments in the host municipality. Responsibilities and activities in this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Budget forecasting
  • Participating in budget discussions with council and management
  • Preparing payroll
  • Processing accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Producing financial reports
  • Preparing for borrowing
  • Preparing financial records for audit
  • Supporting procurement initiatives

Professional development, networking and opportunities to learn about a specialization within the municipal government sector are extensive during the 12-month internship. 

Graduates looking to obtain their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation are welcome to apply as host municipalities can offer experience verification placements to help you achieve the CPA designation. 

Interested in helping plan the future of Alberta’s communities?

The LAND USE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT stream of the Internship Program is for new or recent post-secondary graduates from an accredited post-secondary planning program, or those with a related degree program that included the completion of two or more senior (third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate-level) planning courses. 

Land use planner interns will have the opportunity to work in all areas of the municipality’s planning department, and/or within a municipal planning agency or growth management board that serves multiple municipalities, while also gaining knowledge of overall municipal operations. Responsibilities and activities in this role can include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning about the land use planning framework in Alberta
  • Reviewing and amending the municipality's existing land use bylaw
  • Reviewing existing or developing new municipal development plans
  • Reviewing area structure plans, area redevelopment plans and other planning documents
  • Reviewing development and/or subdivision applications
  • Issue development permits
  • Planning and conducting community consultations or engagements for development proposals
  • Conducting subdivision and development appeal board hearings
  • Enforcing stop orders and other compliance mechanisms

Land use planner interns can work toward completion of the Canadian Institute of Planners Logbook requirements for professional accreditation during their 24-month internship.

More details about the Municipal Internship Program and careers in municipal government can be found through the menu on the right. 

Still have questions? Contact Us and a member of the Internship and Education team will be happy to help.