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What is the Municipal Internship Program?

The Municipal Internship Program is an opportunity to gain first-hand, real-life, practical experience and training in the Alberta municipal environment. It is designed to encourage recent post-secondary graduates to consider a career in municipal administration, finance/accounting, or land use planning. While contributing to their host organization, interns receive a salary, financial support for professional development, and opportunities to develop an extensive network of municipal and planning professionals.

Participants in the Municipal Internship Program will join over 275 young professionals who have been part of the program since 2002.

Administrator Stream

This stream of the program is 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. Using a Workplan designed by Alberta Municipal Affairs, and the customized to each municipality’s unique situation, projects, and priorities, interns will undertake a variety of activities during the 12-month internship. At the conclusion of the program, it is anticipated that interns will have gained sufficient knowledge and skills to move into a municipal position related to their interests and area of growing expertise.

Education requirement:  completed post-secondary diploma or degree within the previous two years

Finance Officer Stream

This stream of the program offers participants hands-on, intensive learning in municipal finance/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 within the municipality over 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. Using a Workplan designed by Alberta Municipal Affairs, and customized to each municipality’s unique situation, and projects, interns will undertake a variety of activities during the 12-month internship.

Education requirement: completed post-secondary diploma or degree in accounting or finance within the previous two years

Land Use Planner Stream

The 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, and to undertake activities that may be eligible for submission as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners Logbook requirements.

During the first year of the program, interns are exposed to many different aspects of municipal planning using a Workplan provided by Alberta Municipal Affairs and customized to the unique planning initiatives underway in the organization. Interns are mentored and coached by a senior planner in their host organization. In addition, land use planning interns will also explore many 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.

Education requirement: completed post-secondary degree in planning or a related degree with at least two senior-level land use planning classes within the previous two years