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Alumni Spotlight: Kurtis Pratt

Municipal Internship Alumni Spotlight 

Kurtis Pratt

Director of Legislative Services at the Town of Raymond and Manager of the Ridge Water Services Commission

Administrator Intern, Town of Raymond 2008-2009

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of Lethbridge

Tell us about your experience as a Municipal Intern Town of Taber (2008 - 2009).

The most beneficial part of participating in the Municipal Internship Program was the time I was able to spend being mentored by one of the best Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) in the industry. It was also great to have the ability to involve myself in as many projects as I could.

My most memorable moments were made while I was assisting council and senior management in the development of the town's new outdoor aquatic centre.

I think the most important thing I learned was that everyone has a story that impacts the way they interact with you. Never take it personally! If someone is less than kind in their interaction with you, it is most likely the result of extenuating personal circumstances that is affecting their ability to be kind. Find a way to love and serve everyone you meet and your life and career will be a shining success!

What do you find the most rewarding about working in Municipal Government?

Working with so many absolutely fantastic people who all share a common goal of striving to make the lives of those we serve happy, healthier and more fulfilling as residents within our community!

How has the Municipal Internship Program helped prepare me for my career?

I can say with no reservations, that the time spent in the internship program has easily boosted my career by at least five to seven years. Without the experience and opportunities I was fortunate to participate in, I would not be where I am today.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Taking part in the many regional governance initiatives that the Town of Raymond is involved in. I
have been a contract CAO for two villages in southwest Alberta for four years each while also fulfilling my roles as Director of Legislative Services for the Town of Raymond and the Manager of the Ridge Water Services Commission. I was able to leverage the experience I gained during my internship and use it to help me fulfill these roles effectively and efficiently.

Advice for Interns:

During Their Internship

Take advantage of every day. Include yourself in every opportunity because once the internship ends, your access to many events, conferences, training opportunities or meetings is limited. If you do not make the most of your time, you will limit the ability of the internship to accelerate your career growth.  Look for ways to incorporate yourself into your organization or look for alternative opportunities during the program because there is no guarantee that there will be a position waiting for you at the end.

After Their Internship

Be observant and watch both those you look up to and those who you may not want to emulate. Continue to improve your skill sets and build your resume so you will be able to find success in your career and in your life. 


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