Before you apply

When making an application to the Municipal Internship Program you must indicate which host locations are of interest to you. 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:

  • size of municipality
  • location
  • cost of living
  • nearby amenities
  • housing availability

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

Application requirements

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

  1. Application form
    • The application form is a fillable form that should be completed electronically. Do not print and scan the application form.
  2. Cover letters
    • Cover letters can be generically addressed to "Dear Recruiter", "Dear Hiring Manager", or "To the Selection Committee."
    • If you wish, you may submit a customized letter for each host organization you have selected on your application form based on the information found on the Host Profiles.
  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.
  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 what 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 2019.
  6. Two reference letters
    • Two reference letters are required from someone who:
      • knows you and appreciates your work
      • can give a detailed account of your abilities
      • has supervised you directly (boss, supervisor, team leader: past or present)
      • you know has something good to say about your work, personality and team work skills
      • is a key figure in, or familiar with, the field you are applying for

Depending on the preference of the person providing the reference, the letters can either be sent directly to Municipal Affairs by email, or be included in your application package. The letters can be generically addressed to ’Dear Hiring Manager‘ or ’To whom it may concern‘. Letters must be received by the application deadline. If the referee is sending the letter directly to Municipal Affairs, the applicant's name should be in the email and/or letter subject line. Reference letters must be receieved before the application deadline unless an extension is requested and approved prior to the deadline

Technical Requirements

All attachments must be in PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) formats.

All pages should be formatted to letter size (8.5" x 11") pages.

Scanned documents should be at 300 dpi resolution.

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

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 Municipal Internship Program will be open December 2019.

Step 1. Fill out the application

Download and complete the application form once it is released in December 2019.

Step 2. Submit application

Prepare and email a complete application package to amainternship@gov.ab.ca by 12:00 pm (noon) Mountain Standard Time on January 31, 2020. Late submissions will not be considered unless Municipal Affairs grants a request for an extension for you prior to application.

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.

Step 3. Interviews

Once the host municipalities 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 4 weeks after the hosts receive their applications.

There is the possibility that you may be offered an interview by more than one host municipality. 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 4. Offer of employment

Once each host has completed their interviews, most will likely proceed with verbal offers. 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.

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: amainternship@gov.ab.ca

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