This story originally appeared in our 2018 Annual Report.
Northern Development strives to equip people and communities with the capacity and skills to grow and strengthen the local economy. One of the ways the Trust achieves this goal is through the Local Government and First Nations Government internship programs. The internship program supports host governments by providing them with increased capacity and keen recent graduates to accomplish many tasks. It benefits the interns by providing them with a 12-month, paid position that helps them develop leadership and management skills while exposing them to many aspects of government.
“I really have nothing but great things to say about the internship program,” said Kendra Kinsley, former intern with the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. “Most importantly, it provides youth with pathways to meaningful careers in the north. Working in a wide variety of departments during my time with the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako enabled me to develop both practical skills and meaningful relationships to grow professionally and advance in local government in the north. I participated in a diverse range of projects, including emergency operations centre training, updating the solid waste management plan and carrying out a connectivity study for the entire region. I also spent some time in policy and bylaw drafting, which I now do in Vanderhoof. I see a lot of value in staying in the north.”
Kinsley graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia with a bachelors degree in political science in 2017. After graduating, Kinsley became an intern with the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako where she experienced first-hand the rewarding experience that accompanies working in local government. Early in 2018, she wrapped up her internship and subsequently began working with the District of Vanderhoof as the deputy corporate officer. Less than one year after moving to Vanderhoof, Kinsley was promoted to corporate officer.
Kinsley sincerely credits the internship program for being the foundation of her career in local government and initiating so many meaningful relationships that continue to benefit her in her current role. The hands-on experience that new graduates gain from this program prepares them for success and creates a legacy of capacity to help build a stronger north.