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Intern Application Package

To apply to the Municipal Internship Program you must submit the intern application package to Alberta Municipal Affairs by January 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM (MST).

Application Packages must be complete (incomplete packages will not be considered).  The application package is made up of the following documents. Scroll down the page for more details on each document.

  • Host Organization List;
  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Candidate Profile;
  • Transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended; and
  • Three letters of reference (e.g. character, work/volunteer, educational). One of each is not necessary.

The Host Organization Lists for the 2018 Municipal Internship Program will be available in November 2017.

Applications must be received by January 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon) (MST).  Applications will not be accepted after this time.
 

Applications may be sent by mail, courier, or email to:

Municipal Internship Program
Email: amainternship@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Municipal Affairs
17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 4L4

Phone: 780-427-2225
Toll Free in Alberta: 310-0000 [and dial 780-427-2225]

Note: You can apply to more than one stream of the Program if you are eligible for each of them. You must send in a completely separate, customized application package for each stream.

Please state the stream of the Internship you are applying to in the subject line of your emailed application.

Host Organization List

Please click here to view the Host Organization List.

Cover letter

The letter can be either addressed to "Dear Recruiter" or "To the Selection Committee." If you wish, you may submit a customized letter for each host organization you have selected on your Host Organization List.

Resume

Ensure your resume contains your contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Candidate Profile

Your Candidate Profile is your opportunity to show why you think you should be selected as an intern.  Use this Profile to tell why you are interested in municipal government and what skills and abilities you have that may not show up on your resume.  Your Profile can be written in any format you choose (e.g. essay, bullets, letter). Please limit your profile to two pages or less.   There is no template for you to fill in.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are preferred, though unofficial transcripts will also be accepted.

Reference Letters

Depending on the preference of the reference, the letters can either be sent directly to Municipal Affairs, by mail or by email, or be included in your application package. The letters can be either addressed to “Dear Recruiter” or “To the Selection Committee”.

Intern Selection Process

1) Submit Application

Ensure that you have all six pieces of your application package submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) (MST) January 31, 2018.

2) Status of Application

You will be notified by email within two weeks after the intern application deadline whether or not your application has been shortlisted.  If your application has been shortlisted, then it will be sent to the hosts you selected.

3) Interviews

Once the host organizations receive their shortlisted applications, they will conduct their own interviews.  Depending on the availability of the interview panel at each organization, you may be contacted anywhere from one to four weeks after the hosts receive their applications.

There is the possibility that you may be offered an interview by more than one host.  Although hosts are aware that candidates may have more than one interview, keep in mind that they are looking to find the best candidate for their organization – just like a regular job competition.  Hosts do their best to accommodate your schedule, but this may not always be possible.  Therefore, in order to make the interview process run smoothly for both the hosts and intern candidates, please only accept interviews at locations you know you would be willing to move to, if offered the job.

4) Offer of Employment

Once each host has completed their interviews, most will likely proceed with verbal offers. A verbal offer will generally provide you the basic details of your employment to consider before accepting the position.

You may request to see a written offer letter before providing a verbal acceptance. Be clear with the host that you are requesting further details before verbally accepting, because in some instances, a verbal offer can be considered legally binding.

After you have verbally accepted, you will be sent an offer letter to sign (if you have not previously reviewed it) to formally accept the position.  Once your letter is signed, you are an official participant in the Municipal Internship Program.  Congratulations!

Things to Keep in Mind During the Interview Process

If you are interviewed by more than one host, there is the possibility that you may end up receiving multiple employment offers.  It is reasonable to request one to two days to make your decision.  Remember that each host has a limited amount of time in order to complete their hiring process, so they will generally require an answer shortly after the verbal offer is made.  Be sure to confirm how much time the host will give you to advise them of your decision.

You may decide after reviewing the offer letter that the position is not what you expected, in which case you may respectfully decline.  However, do consider the impression of yourself that you are leaving with an organization if you first accept, then decline, a verbal offer.  All hosts involved in the program are in contact with one another during the hiring process.  The supervisors from each host organization also attend ministry training sessions with their intern throughout the year.  You will see the people who you interviewed with at other organizations at ministry training sessions and conferences throughout your internship year.

The personal information you are providing is being collected to support the administration of the Municipal Internship Program and is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.  The personal information will be managed in accordance with the privacy provisions of the FOIP Act.;

If you have any questions concerning the collection of this information, please contact the Municipal Internship Program team at 780-427-2225 or email at amainternship@gov.ab.ca, or by writing to the Manager, Internships, 17th Floor, Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4.