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Who Can Participate?

Requirements to Apply to the Internship Program

To be eligible to apply to the Municipal Internship Program you have to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Administrator Stream: A recently completed* post-secondary degree or diploma; 

  • Finance Officer Stream: A recently completed* post-secondary degree or diploma with an accounting or financial management emphasis (e.g. accounting, business, commerce);

  • Land Use Planner Stream: A recently completed* post-secondary land use planning degree or a related degree with a minimum of two senior-level land use planning classes;

  • *Individuals who have completed their post-secondary degree/diploma (i.e. course work and/or thesis) as of January 1, 2015 are eligible;
  • *Individuals who have completed their post-secondary degree/diploma (i.e. course work and/or thesis) prior to December 31, 2014 are NOT eligible;
  • *Individuals graduating in April 2017 are eligible;
  • A desire to experience and learn the functions of a municipality;
  • A desire to work in the public service at the local level; and 
  • Willingness to relocate to host municipality, if necessary.

For details on how to apply to the program, please see How Do I Apply.

You can apply for more than one stream if you are eligible for each. You must send in a separate, customized application package for each stream.

Desired Professional Attributes

Individuals on a career path towards senior municipal administration, finance or land use planning will discover that it requires people who demonstrate a varied and lengthy list of attributes. Candidates demonstrating these attributes, or a tendency towards these attributes, will improve their opportunity to be selected. These attributes include, but are not limited to:

  • Some basic knowledge about local government;
  • An interest in pursuing a career in municipal administration or land use planning;
  • Experience working with community groups or involvement with volunteer community organizations;
  • A desire to influence public policy and community development through public service;
  • Flexibility in terms of hours and job requirements;
  • Problem solving ability;
  • Positive public relations skills;
  • Willingness to move to smaller communities within Alberta; and
  • A motivated, self-directed learner who will take initiative.

The host organizations may set additional criteria for their intern selection. Candidates should determine the specific needs of the host organization as part of the interview process. An applicant's entire intern application package will be considered. It is important to remember that the intent of the program is to train an intern so he/she may pursue a career in municipal administration or land use planning. Individuals not interested in pursuing a career in the public sector are encouraged not to apply.

I'm already employed by a municipality, am I still eligible?

The intent of this program is to attract new people to the field of local government and provide an opportunity for recent graduates to enter municipal administration, finance or municipal planning as a career choice. If you are currently employed by the host organization or have worked for the organization in the past 12 months (excluding casual or summer students), you are not eligible to apply to be an intern in that organization. If you meet the other minimum recruitment criteria, you may apply to be considered as an intern in the other host organizations.