2020 Northern Development Initiative Trust Internship Program

Closing Date: 
Feb. 12, 2020 4:30 pm
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2020 Northern Development Initiative Trust Internship


Launch your Career with Northern Development Internships

Join the network of over 100 Northern Development Interns and kickstart your career in local government, First Nations government, and business development in northern B.C. Available to recent graduates of post-secondary, the 12 month paid internship programs offer emerging professionals the opportunity to spend a year living and working in beautiful northern B.C., receive personal mentoring and professional development, and a network of flexible career options.

Who are we looking for?

Northern Development is seeking motivated, enthusiastic and civic-minded graduates to learn and develop their professional skills for a career in government administration and economic development.

Professional Qualities:

  • Expressed interest in local government, politics and policy
  • An interest in pursuing a career in government, economic development, or business development
  • Experience working in large groups toward a common goal
  • The ability to think big picture
  • Effective and professional communication
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable


  • A recent (2 years) graduate of a bachelor’s degree program from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution
    • Students currently completing or graduated from a recognized Canadian Graduate degree will also be considered
    • Students graduating in Spring 2020 are eligible
    • Students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program in Public Administration or First Nations/Indigenous Studies can be considered
  • Qualified self-identifying Indigenous/First Nations individuals will be given preference for First Nations government Internship
  • Must hold a valid BC driver license or International drivers license
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada for the duration of the 12-month internship
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements which includes a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check.

Duties and Responsibilities

Each host community was required to build a 12 month work-plan detailing the specific needs and duties of their intern as they relate to their community. Recognizing the needs of each specific organization will dictate the duties of the intern, there will be slight variances between each internship experience. The list below are examples of some of the activities included in the internship experience but will vary per placement. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Organize public consultation and stakeholder engagement events;
  • Project work with elected officials (municipal, provincial and federal);
  • Grant/funding proposal writing;
  • Assist and/or lead in Administrative, Finance, and Human Resource work;
  • Social Media, Communications, and Marketing content development and implementation;
  • Organize and manage external contractors on projects;
  • Data and asset management/cataloguing.


The Timeline (subject to change)

  • February 14

Deadline for 2020 Local Government and First Nations Government Intern applicants.

  • February 17-25

Northern Development will assess applications for completeness and conduct pre-screening calls.

  • February 29

Deadline for Business Development Intern applicants.

  • Late March (date still to be determined)

Panel interview in Prince George.

  • March 27

Deadline to notify successful interns of 2020 placements.

  • April

Successful interns will complete studies and make arrangements to move to host community.

  • May 1 – May 9

Internships begin in host communities (some flexibility offered depending on host community needs)

  • May 9 – 14

Internship Orientation in Prince George

  • May 17

Internship terms resume in their host communities.


  • Interns will receive a salary of $45,000 and may be eligible for a housing allowance up to $10,000.
  • Interns will also receive support to pursue professional development opportunities mutually determined by mentor and intern to be beneficial to intern role and career.

Interested? Visit https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/internships/ for more information and links to the individual application guides. Send questions to info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca.