Before you apply

When making an application to the Municipal Internship Program you must indicate which host locations are of interest to you (i.e. you are willing to work and live in the community). It is recommended that you research the municipalities and organizations you are considering. If your application passes the pre-screening stage, it will be sent to all the hosts you have selected.

Only select those hosts in areas that you would be willing to move to. Consider such things as:

  • location of the municipal office
  • size of the community/municipality
  • cost of living
  • amenities, services and opportunities of interest in the community and nearby
  • housing availability
  • type of work and/or work projects proposed by the host municipalities

For more information about the host municipalities and organizations, see the Alberta Regional Dashboard.

Application requirements

The intake for internships starting in spring 2020 has closed. No further applications will be accepted. Please visit this site in January 2021 for information about our next intake for the 2021 Program.

To apply, you must complete the application process below and email all the required documents to [email protected]. Any applications that do not have all of the documents listed below will be considered incomplete and will not pass the initial screening.

  1. Application Form
    • The application form (to be released January 2021) must be completed electronically. Do not print and scan the application form.
  2. Cover letters
    • The cover letter can be generically addressed to "Dear Hiring Manager and will be sent to each location you have selected.
    • You may submit a customized cover letter for each host organization you have selected using information from your research and/or the information found on the host profiles at: Municipal Internship Program – Overview. Your customized letter(s) will be sent to the appropriate location(s) with your application package.
  3. Resume
    • Ensure your resume contains your contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address, as well as information on your education and work experience.
    • Ensure your resume clearly states the title of your degree/diploma and when you completed (or will complete) your post-secondary program (month and year). Note that it is your program completion date (i.e. all course requirements), not graduation/convocation date, that determines your eligibility for the program.
  4. Candidate profile
    • Your candidate profile is your opportunity to show why you think you should be selected as an intern. Use this profile to tell why you are interested in municipal government and to highlight skills and abilities you have that may not show up on your resume.
    • Your profile can be written in any format you choose (for example: essay, bullets, mini portfolio). Please limit your candidate profile to 2 letter-size (8.5" x 11") pages.
  5. Unofficial transcripts
    • A copy of your unofficial academic transcripts must be submitted as part of your application. Official transcripts are not required.
      • If you had attended more than one post-secondary institution, please submit the unofficial transcript from the most recently completed diploma or degree program.
      • If you are currently completing your diploma or degree program, please submit the unofficial transcript that includes information up to the academic term ending in December 2020.

Technical Requirements

All attachments must be in PDF format.

All pages should be formatted to letter size (8.5" x 11") pages. Oversized pages may be cropped or rejected.

Electronic documents should not be password-protected and be free of macros or other scripts.

How to apply

Step 1. Prepare application documents

Prepare your application documents prior to completing the Application Form. The requirements are listed above in the Application requirements section.

Step 2. Submit application

Submit your application by email to [email protected] by 12:00 pm (noon) Mountain Standard Time on February 18, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered unless you request and receive an extension from Municipal Affairs prior to the application deadline.

You will be notified by email within 2 weeks after the intern application deadline whether or not your application has passed initial screening. This involves ensuring you meet the minimum requirements for the program and have submitted a complete application package. If your application has passed initial screening, then it will be sent to the host municipalities that you selected for review by the hiring manager.

Step 3. Initial screening

Municipal Affairs will review all applications received by the deadline.

This initial screening involves ensuring you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the program and have submitted a complete application package.

If your application passes initial screening, then it will be sent to the host municipalities that you selected.. You will be notified by email within 2 weeks after the intern application deadline whether or not your application has passed initial screening.

Step 4. Interviews

Once the host organizations receive the screened applications, they will conduct their own review of the applications and arrange interviews. Depending on the availability of the interview panel at each organization, you may be contacted anywhere from one to four weeks after the hosts receive their applications.

There is the possibility that you may be offered an interview by more than one host organization. Although hosts are aware that candidates may have more than one interview, keep in mind that they are looking to find the best candidate for their organization, just like a regular job competition. Hosts do their best to accommodate your schedule, but this may not always be possible. Therefore, in order to make the interview process run smoothly for both the hosts and intern candidates, please only accept interviews at locations you know you would be willing to move to, if offered the job.

Step 5. Offer of employment

Once a host has completed their interviews, the organization will  likely proceed with a verbal offer. A verbal offer will generally provide you the basic details of your employment to consider before accepting the position.

You may request to see a written offer letter before providing a verbal acceptance. Be clear with the host that you are requesting further details before verbally accepting, because in some instances, a verbal offer can be considered legally binding. Confirm with the host how long you have to consider the offer (e.g. 24 or 48 hours).

After you have verbally accepted, you will be sent an offer letter to sign (if you have not previously reviewed it) to formally accept the position. Once your letter is signed, you are an official participant in the Municipal Internship Program!

Contact

Connect with the Internship and Education team at Alberta Municipal Affairs:

Phone: 780-427-2225
Email: [email protected]

Address:
Municipal Internship Program
Alberta Municipal Affairs
17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L4