Internship Program Descriptions

Following are the internship programs that are currently offered through the Government of Alberta:

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Alberta Aboriginal Intern Program (AAIP)

Objectives:

  • Increase Aboriginal participation in Alberta’s economy and workforce.
  • The AAIP is designed to provide tangible learning, work experience and professional development for interns as well as facilitate cultural exchange and the building of relationships among government, Aboriginal people and other stakeholders.

Why Apply for an Alberta Aboriginal Internship:

  • As part of the AAIP, you will help build government to community-based relationships while gaining valuable work experience. This Program will help you launch your career and give you the skills to be successful in the Alberta Public Service.

Duration:

  • The AAIP is a two year program involving various Government of Alberta ministries and a community partner that is an Aboriginal organization or one which provides programs and services to Aboriginal people.

Qualifications:

  • The qualifications are dependent on the specific role being recruited to.
  • You must be a recent graduate (within the last two years) from an accredited university or college.

How and When to Apply:

Contact Address/Phone/Email:

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Alberta Culture and Tourism Internship Program

Objective:

  • Alberta Culture and Tourism hires interns into key professional fields within the department such as Finance, Policy and Planning, Information Technology, Community Development and Administrative Support. The objective of the program is to provide recent graduates meaningful work experience related to their education and to prepare interns for future career opportunities within Alberta Culture and Tourism and the Alberta Public Service.

Why Apply for an Alberta Culture and Tourism Internship:

  • As an Alberta Culture and Tourism Intern, you will have the rewarding opportunity to contribute to the promotion, development and preservation of Alberta's culture and heritage as you:
    • Launch your career
    • Expand your skills and gain valuable work experience
    • Receive ongoing mentoring and learning and development opportunities
    • Prepare yourself for jobs in the department and with the Alberta Public Service

Duration:

  • Internships are typically 2 years in length.

Qualifications:

  • The position qualifications for internships are posted in the recruitment advertisements. Required studies (typically a degree or technical school diploma) must have been completed within two years prior to hire date.

How and When to Apply:

Contact Address/Phone/Email:

  • Human Resources
    7th Floor, Standard Life Building
    10405 Jasper Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Phone: 780-427-2546

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Alberta Public Service Policy Internship Program

Objective:

  • A unique corporate program where participants will have the opportunity to work on public policy initiatives that impact Albertans. Over a 16-month period, you will work alongside seasoned policy professionals in two different government departments and receive training and work experience in the various stages of policy development. After successful completion of the program, we anticipate that you will continue your career in public policy with the Government of Alberta.

Duration:

  • 16 months.

Duties:

  • Ministry placements will be aimed at giving you experience in the various stages of policy development including environmental scanning, issues identification, research/analysis, options development and much more.

Developmental Activities:

  • In addition to practical work experience, you will participate in a variety of learning and development opportunities including an orientation session; knowledge and skill-building sessions and mentoring activities. You will also have the opportunity to regularly network and share experiences with other Policy Interns and policy professionals throughout government.

Placements:

  • Internships are 16 months in length with two eight month ministry placements. Throughout these placements, you will develop your knowledge and skills in public policy.
  • Public policy is an area that is applicable to so many specialties and disciplines. Your interests, background and skills will be matched with department placements where possible so that you can work in the field of your choice.

Basic Qualifications:

  • You must be a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution (within the last 2 years) with a related degree and/or diploma.

How and When to Apply:

  • Applications are accepted once the positions have been advertised and will include details on the application process.  Positions are advertised on the Government of Alberta Jobs website and are typically posted at a variety of post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Due to the current hiring restraint, please note that the next intake has been put on hold until further notice.

Contact Address/Phone/Email:

  • Workforce Excellence
    Corporate Human Resources
    5th Floor, Peace Hills Trust Tower
    10011 - 109 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3S8
    Phone: 780-427-4968

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Alberta Student Ministerial Internship Program

Alberta Executive Council

Objective:

  • The interns will have the opportunity to meet innovative leaders in the Alberta Public Service and learn first-hand how the Alberta government functions at the ministerial level.

Total Duration:

  • Three to four months - starting in May.

Duties:

  • You'll have an up-close look at how the ministerial level of government operates by working closely with staff to support the minister in his/her daily activities.
  • You’ll learn how public policy is developed and how it supports government’s long-term vision.
  • You’ll develop your interpersonal, research and verbal and written communications skills by assisting with briefing and scheduling, responding to telephone enquiries, processing action requests, attending events and working on special projects.
  • You’ll learn about the many aspects of government through meetings and seminars.

Developmental Activities:

  • Interns will gain valuable experience through a combination of on-the-job training and weekly learning opportunities, including seminars, meetings and special events providing exposure to the Alberta Public Service’s most senior levels.

Placements (Where/What Duration):

  • Student Ministerial Interns will be placed in a Minister’s Office.
  • The majority of these positions are located in Edmonton with a limited number of positions available in Calgary.

Number of Positions Hired Annually:

  • Up to 15 interns will be hired.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants must be post-secondary students who have completed at least two years of a program or have graduated from a post-secondary program within the last year.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated an interest in public service or government administration through related work, co-op or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants are also required to submit a 500-word Statement of Interest responding to the following questions:
    • What motivates you to participate in the Alberta Student Ministerial Internship Program?
    • What distinguishes your candidacy?
    • How do you envision this internship will impact your career choices?

How and When to Apply:

  • The employment opportunity for the Alberta Student Ministerial Internship Program is generally posted during the month of February on the Government of Alberta's employment website, Government of Alberta Jobs website under the Seasonal category and at universities in Alberta.
  • The closing date for applications is normally sometime in February.
  • Selected applicants will be asked to participate in an interview.
  • Generally, successful candidates are selected in April, and their internships commence in May.

Contact Address/Phone/Email:

  • Karoline Korcz
    Human Resource Consultant
    Human Resources
    Executive Council
    6th Floor, Park Plaza
    10611 - 98 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2P7
    Phone: 780-643-6396
    E-mail: karoline.korcz@gov.ab.ca

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Employment First Internship Program for Persons with Disabilities

Human Services

The Employment First Internship Program for Persons with Disabilities offers a paid work experience to recent graduates interested in joining the Alberta Public Service. More information can be obtained by visiting the program website.

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Municipal Internship Program

Alberta Municipal Affairs

The Municipal Internship Program is designed to attract recent graduates to the field of municipal management. The program offers internships in various municipalities across Alberta and is sponsored by Alberta Municipal Affairs. More information can be obtained by visiting the program website.

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Public Affairs Officer Internship Program

Alberta Public Affairs Bureau

Objective:

  • To provide the Public Affairs Bureau a pool of well-trained Public Affairs Officers that are able to move into permanent or project work vacancies as they arise.

Total Duration:

  • Usually a year.

Duties:

  • You'll gain valuable hands-on experience testing your public relations talents by putting your writing, research and analytical skills to work.
  • You'll put theory into practice as you perform a variety of tasks ranging from writing news releases, speeches, articles and other materials to assisting in the preparation of communications plans, issues analysis, backgrounders and news conferences.
  • You'll polish your consulting, time management and interpersonal skills as you assist the communications team by providing comprehensive communications support to internal government clients.

Developmental Activities:

  • Interns will gain valuable communications experience through a combination of on-the-job training and specifically tailored Public Affairs Bureau in-house training courses.

In-house training courses include:

  • Consulting Skills, Crisis Communications, Public Consultation, Writing, Issues Management, Strategic Communications Planning, Media Relations, Social Media and FOIP Training.

Placements (Where/What Duration):

  • Public Affairs Officer Interns will be placed in different ministry communication branches over the course of the one-year internship program. The length of time spent at each placement will vary.
  • The positions are located in Edmonton.

Number of Positions Hired Annually:

  • Varies.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a recent graduate (within the past 2 years) and possess a related degree or diploma in communications, public relations, journalism or English.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to the field of public relations through related work, co-op or volunteer experience.

How And When To Apply:

  • The employment opportunity for the Public Affairs Bureau Internship Program is generally posted during the months of June or July on the Government of Alberta's employment website, the Government of Alberta Jobs website and at selected post-secondary institutions in Alberta.
  • Selected applicants are contacted to participate in a writing test.
  • After reviewing the writing tests, selected applicants will be asked to participate in an interview.

Contact/Address/Phone/E-Mail:

  • Susan Dobinson
    Human Resources Consultant
    Public Affairs Bureau
    6th Floor, Park Plaza
    10611 - 98 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta T5Z 2Y8
    Phone: 780-427-9254
    E-Mail: Susan.Dobinson@gov.ab.ca

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