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Who Can Participate?

Requirements to Apply to the Internship Program

To be eligible to apply to the 2018 Municipal Internship Program you have to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A desire to experience and learn the functions of a municipality;
  • A desire to work in the public service at the local level; 
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada;
  • Applicants must be willing to relocate to the host municipality or a community within commuting distance of the host municipality; and
  • Administrator Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree or diploma program between January 2016 and April 2018 in any discipline; or
  • Finance Officer Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree or diploma program between January 2016 and April 2018 in an accounting or finance related discipline (e.g. business administration, commerce); or
  • Land Use Planner Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree program between January 2016 and April 2018 in a land use planning-related discipline or a related degree with a minimum of two senior-level (third or fourth year or graduate level) land use planning classes.

Notes:

  • Individuals who have completed their most recent post-secondary degree/diploma (i.e. course work and/or thesis) prior to December 31, 2015 are NOT eligible.
  • You can apply for more than one stream if you are eligible for each stream. 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 municipalities/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.