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Alberta Municipal Internship Program

Feb 03, 2021

Internships in Municipal Government
Discover how you can start a career in municipal field
Work in municipal government
Municipal governments tackle the day-to-day issues that have an impact on citizens in the community. Municipalities in Alberta employs over 46,000 professionals and tradespeople to provide everyday services likes drinking water, fire protection, maintain roads, waste disposal while shaping the future of communities through planning and policy.

Diverse career field
Municipal government is a dynamic career field with diverse career options. Graduates from a variety of educational backgrounds are important to the success of municipal governments given the wide range of responsibilities and roles in this field.

Some of the entry-level roles for new or recent graduates include:
 policy analyst
 grant writer
 accountant
 budget analyst
 projects coordinator
 events coordinator
 legislative clerk
 business analyst
 planner I
 tax clerk
 finance officer
 development officer
 economic development officer
 communications officer
 engineering technologist
 utility operator
 operations assistant

The Municipal Internship Program
The Alberta Municipal Internship Program introduces new and recent post-secondary graduates to careers in local governments across Alberta. Our paid internship offer interns the opportunity to explore career paths in the municipal sector through hands-on work experience, learning, mentorship, networking and professional development.
Internships are delivered as a partnership between the Government of Alberta and the host municipality or planning agency.

The program offers three streams:
 Administrator
 Finance Officer
 Land Use Planner

Program Basics
Internships are 12 months (24 months for planners) in duration and start between mid-April and late-May of each year.
The positions are located in different municipalities throughout Alberta each year and host municipalities are selected following a competitive process.
All interns are paid a salary and receive benefits through the host municipality. Each intern will also receive professional development funds for conference attendance, professional membership(s), and training.

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©2021 Government of Alberta | Published: February 2021

What the internship offers
The Municipal Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to work and learn at the same time.
All interns are supported by senior managers and leaders who coach, mentor, and guide them as new professionals in municipal government. Interns gain extensive knowledge of in their respective area of municipal government (administration, finance, and land use planning) as they participate in a variety of municipal activities to gain experience and develop their skills.

Administrator interns learn how policy is developed, and how municipalities operate and are managed. They gain experience by completing rotations through each department in the host municipality and taking on various job tasks and projects in each department. Responsibilities and activities in this role include, but are not limited to participating in management team meetings, presenting to council and/or committees, developing bylaws and policies, leading and managing projects, solving problems that affect the community, and job shadowing different professionals.

Finance interns learn about municipal accounting and finance through the full accounting cycle, from budget to taxation to year-end and audit preparation. They also rotate through key departments to understand how they operate. Responsibilities and activities include, but are not limited to participating in budget discussions with council and management, preparing payroll, processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, producing financial reports, preparing for borrowing, preparing financial records for audit, and supporting procurement initiatives.
Land use planner interns learn about land use planning and development from a municipal perspective. They also rotate through key departments to understand how they relate to and support planning and development activities. Responsibilities and activities include, but are not limited to learning about Alberta’s land use planning framework, reviewing and amending land use bylaws, municipal development plans, area structure plans, leading community consultations, reviewing subdivision applications, and conducting subdivision and development appeal board hearings.

Applicant Eligibility*
The program is open to graduates of a post-secondary degree or diploma program completed within two and a half years from the start of the internship. Graduates of certificate programs are not eligible.
Specific education requirements for each program stream are outlined below.
Applicants must also be eligible to work in Canada (international graduates/students are eligible as long as they have a valid work permit to work in Canada).
Applicants must also be willing to relocate to, or be within commuting distance of the host municipality/ community. All positions are located outside of Calgary and Edmonton.
Additional eligibility requirements may also apply, depending on the program stream.

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©2021 Government of Alberta | Published: February 2021

For the finance officer stream, applicants must have completed a degree or diploma in accounting or finance.
For the land use planner stream, applicants must have completed a degree in a land use planning, or a degree in a related discipline (e.g. urban studies, geography) which includes at least two senior undergraduate or graduate level courses in land use planning.
*Note: These eligibility requirements may be subject to change. Please check the internship website for the most up to date requirements.

Application Process
Detailed information about the Municipal Internship Program including the application form can be found on the Municipal Internship Program’s website at:

Each application must contains six components:
1. Application form
2. Cover letter(s)
3. Resume
4. Candidate Profile
5. Unofficial transcripts

Contact Us
Got questions? We’re here to help. Contact us using any of the following methods.
Phone: 780-427-2225 (toll-free in Alberta by calling 310-0000 first)

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