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Who Can Participate?

Important Notice

Please note that this website is being phased out as of December 1, 2018. The new Municipal Internship Program website and information about the 2019 Municipal Internship Program can be found at:

Requirements to Apply to the Internship Program

To be eligible to apply to the 2019 Municipal Internship Program you have to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A desire to experience and learn the functions of municipal government
  • 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
  • Administrator Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree or diploma program in any discipline between January 2017 and April 2019 in any discipline.
  • Finance Officer Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree or diploma program between January 2017 and April 2019 in an accounting or finance related discipline (e.g. business administration, commerce).
  • Land Use Planner Stream: Be a graduate or have graduated from a post-secondary degree program between January 2017 and April 2019 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.


  • Individuals who have completed their most recent post-secondary degree/diploma (i.e. course work and/or thesis) prior to December 31, 2016 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:

  • Basic knowledge about local government in Canada
  • 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
  • Effective communicator
  • A motivated, self-directed learner who will take initiative

Each host municipality may set additional criteria for their intern selection that are featured on the host municipality profile (see Internship Locations section below). 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.