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Who Can Participate?

Eligibility Requirements for Administrator Stream

  • The municipality has a population between 700 and 75,000;
  • A strong council-administration relationship exists and there is strong commitment from both groups to have an intern;
  • There is an ability to provide training in a wide range of municipal functions;
  • The CAO or a senior manager agrees to serve as the intern supervisor for the duration of the program;
  • There is an organizational commitment to the Internship Program’s vision and goals;
  • There is an interest in sharing knowledge and experiences with the intern and working with the intern to complete the Intern Workplan; and
  • A sufficient commitment of resources, both financial and staff, has been made.

Eligibility Requirements for Finance Officer Stream

  • The municipality has a population between 2,500 and 125,000;
  • A strong council-administration relationship exists and there is strong commitment from both groups to have an intern;
  • There is an ability to provide in-depth training in municipal finance and an exposure to other deparments within the municipality;
  • A senior level finance officer agrees to serve as the intern supervisor for the duration of the program;
  • There is an organizational commitment to the Internship Program’s vision and goals;
  • There is an interest in sharing knowledge and experiences with the intern and working with the intern to complete the Intern Workplan; and
  • A sufficient commitment of resources, both financial and staff, has been made.

Eligibility Requirements for Land Use Planner Stream

  • The municipality has a population between 5,000 and 125,000;
  • The planning service agency (which must be municipally-owned) works with one to three of its member municipalities to provide first-hand planning experience;
  • The host has a planning department that undertakes in-house the full range of planning services outlined in the Intern Workplan or partner with a neighbouring municipality to be able to do so;
  • The senior planner agrees to serve as the intern supervisor for the duration for the program;
  • The intern has access to a planner with an APPI designation to be able to sign off the intern’s APPI Logbook requirements;
  • A strong relationship exists between the administration and planning department and there is strong commitment from CAO/Director, council, board, and management team to have an intern;
  • There is an organizational commitment to the Internship Program’s vision and goals;
  • There is an interest in sharing knowledge and experiences with the intern and working with the intern to complete the Workplan; and
  • A sufficient commitment of resources, both financial and staff, has been made.

Each year in July, municipalities and planning service agencies are invited to host an intern. Those organizations interested in hosting an intern are required to submit a Host Grant application.

When thinking about whether your organization would like to host an intern, it is important to consider the following:

  • Does your organization have the capacity to train an intern in all areas included in the Intern Workplan, or can you partner with a neighbouring organization to do so?
  • Are you able to commit the time and resources (both funding and staff) to support an intern?
  • What can your organization offer to an intern that will assist them in pursuing a career in local government?
  • Is a senior manager available to supervise an intern and what professional, supervisory and mentoring skills does this person possess that will help him/her be an effective supervisor?
  • Is there support from both the council and administration for hosting an intern?

Municipal Partnerships

You are welcome to consider partnering with another municipality to host an intern, either formally or informally.
In a formal partnership, the municipalities indicate which municipality will be the project manager for the internship. The project manager:

  • must have a population that falls within the population range specified for the program.
  • will be responsible for all administrative requirements of the program and ensuring the intern completes the Internship Workplan.
  • submits the grant application on behalf of the partnering municipalities. The application should clearly outline what role each of the municipalities would play in hosting an intern.

Planning service agencies are requested to partner with one to three member municipalities to provide the intern with first hand planning experience and exposure to other municipal departments. It is important for land use planner interns to the opportunity to learn about the broader municipal operations to help them understand where the work of the planning department intersects with that of other departments.

Partnerships may allow municipalities who receive their planning services from an intermunicipal planning service agency the opportunity to partner with that agency to provide an intern with direct municipal planning experience.

Informal partnerships are also a valuable arrangement for interns. If your municipality is selected to host an intern, you are encouraged to make arrangements for your intern to spend time with other municipalities in your area to gain a broader understanding of local government. You do not need to submit a joint proposal with another municipality for an informal partnership; however, your plans could be outlined in your application.