Municipal Internship Alumni Spotlight
Assessment Review Board Officer, City of Edmonton
Administrator Intern, Northern Sunrise County/Town of Peace River 2011-2012
Educational Background:Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of Alberta
How did the Municipal Internship Program benefit you?
The most beneficial aspect of participating in the Municipal Internship Program is the numerous professional development and networking opportunities that are available to participants. Interns are able to fast-track their careers by continuing their education after college or university, while simultaneously developing a network and gaining valuable years of professional experience. Once completed their internship, alumni have well-rounded, impressive resumes that are attractive to potential employers.
What was your most memorable experience as an intern?
My most memorable experience was participating as an Information Officer in the Northern Sunrise County Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during my second week as an intern, during a state of local emergency caused by forest fires. This was a unique opportunity to connect with my co-workers on a deeper level, and to fully appreciate the commitment of municipal employees as they worked rotating 12-hour shifts in the EOC for over a week.
What experience had the greatest impact during your internship?
My most impactful experience as an intern was working with my supervisor on a daily basis, and learning of the challenges he faced in his position. This included meetings with our regional water service commission and waste management authority. I learned very early how to take meeting minutes, and that got me invited to almost every meeting.