The internship program provides a high level of professional development and training to prepare recent graduates for a career in local government. The program provides grant funding for municipalities and regional districts within Northern Development’s service area to assist with the cost of hosting a local government intern for a 12-month period starting in May.
The internship program objectives are:
Accelerate operational learning and permanent career placement in local government
Provide results focused professional training with Northern Development Initiative Trust and host communities
Make local government a career of choice by financially supporting internship opportunities for post-secondary graduates
Promote career development, advancement opportunities and quality of life in Northern B.C.
Help interns develop competencies essential to local government administration
The intern will receive a base salary of $45,000 for the 12-month placement. In addition to base salary, the local government is required to pay statutory benefits which includes CPP, EI premiums and 4% vacation pay (or provide vacation days). The local government may choose to offer additional benefits (medical, dental, etc.) to the intern.
There is a $5,000 training allowance, provided by Northern Development, to support registration and travel costs related to training and professional development.
Participation in the Municipal Administrators Training Institute (MATI) Foundations course is a requirement of the internship. Northern Development will pay the MATI registration fee. The remaining balance of the training and travel allowance can be used to support further training and professional development opportunities identified by the host local government.
Interns who are relocating to a new community may be provided a housing allowance dependent on local vacancy rates and rental costs.
Applicants must have completed requirements to graduate, or have graduated within a 12-month period, prior to the start of the internship program from an accredited college or university with a degree, a diploma, or a post-graduate certificate which requires a previous degree or diploma. Open studies, non-credit, upgrading, or continuing education students do not qualify
Show willingness to relocate and available to complete the 12-month term
Have a valid B.C. driver’s licence
Legally entitled to work in Canada. Foreign students must provide proof of a valid work permit and a passport with an expiry date beyond the internship term
Satisfactory criminal record check (to be undertaken by local government upon selection of intern)
Applications must include:
Two references (character, education, work or volunteer related)
Most current transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended (unofficial copies are acceptable)
Interested internship candidates should email their completed intern application package to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30.