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Alberta’s Municipal Internship Program

Important Notice

Please note that this website is being phased out as of December 1, 2018. The new Municipal Internship Program website and information about the 2019 Municipal Internship Program can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-internship-program.aspx

 

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. 

This stream of the program offers participants a wide range of experiences in a variety of municipal departments over a one-year period. The goal is to create a base of knowledge and understanding of multiple areas of municipal administration that can be built upon as the intern’s career progresses beyond the internship.

Participants in the Administrator stream of the program will rotate through the various departments in their host municipality, with the goal of learning key aspects of the work that is carried out in each area and how that work supports the municipality overall.

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 with a desire to learn about municipal and public sector accounting. 

This stream of the program offers participants hands-on, intensive learning in municipal finance and accounting along with professional development opportunities, and a general understanding of municipal government. The goal is to provide a strong foundation in municipal finance while also getting exposure to the rest of the departments during a one-year period.

Finance Officer interns will work in the various areas of the finance department, with the goal of learning key aspects of the finance department and how the finance department interacts with the rest of the municipality.

Responsibilities and activities in this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Budget forecasting and discussions with council and management
  • Preparing payroll
  • Processing accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Producing financial reports
  • Preparing financial records for audit and for borrowing
  • 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 Alberta’s communities?

The LAND USE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT stream of the Internship Program is for new or recent post-secondary graduates with a desire to work in land use planning and development-related areas. 

This stream of the program offers participants with a specific interest in land use planning the opportunity to gain a variety of planning experiences over a two-year period. The goal is to provide a strong foundation in major planning areas in both current and long range planning.

During the first year of the program, interns are mentored and coached by a senior planner in their host organization. In addition, land use planning interns will also explore some of the key functions of municipal governments outside of the planning area, so they may understand them from a planning perspective. In the second year of the program, interns will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility and gain further experience through involvement in planning projects and issues in their host organization.

Responsibilities and activities in this role can include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and amending the municipality's existing land use bylaw
  • Reviewing existing or developing new statutory plans including, municipal development plans and area structure plans
  • Reviewing development and/or subdivision applications
  • 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.

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