Municipal Internship Alumni Spotlight:
Stephanie Chai, Manager Regional Projects, Capital Region Board
Land Use Planner Intern for the Capital Region Board and Town of Beaumont 2012-2014
Educational Background:Bachelors of Arts from the University of Alberta
Master of Planning from Dalhousie University
Tell us about your experience as a Municipal Intern at the the Capital Region Board and the Town of Beaumont (2012-2014)
My experience with the Municipal Internship Program for Land Use Planners was excellent. The dynamic nature of the work at the Capital Region Board and the Town of Beaumont provided a plethora of planning opportunities within two short years. In addition to the exposure in regional and local responsibilities from each organization, the internship weeks (orientation, executive, transition, and wrap-up) and conferences (AUMA, AAMDC, CIP, etc) from the program were foundational in exploring the municipal realm.
Another notable positive from the internship was the advantage of mentorship and building relationships. I was surprised by the comraderie and significant impact of my peers and the Municipal Affairs administration. While many of the benefits from the internship were in some ways anticipated, the experiences gained from other (past and current) interns went well beyond my expectations and continues to be of great value.
How has the Municipal Internship Program helped prepare me for my career?
What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career thus far has been honing my skills in adapting to new environments and working collaboratively. Every initiative or environment has required change more than once and each time I am impressed by the group of individuals supporting the team. I am grateful to have these people and the support they provide for success.
Advice for Interns:
During Their Internship
Visit other interns and take advantage of your professional development opportunities. Reach out to alumni and find out more about their experiences and how you may want to enhance your own experience. It is rare to have the time and freedom available so early in your career and to also be in a program that purposefully aims to support you in your personal growth!