Economic Development Internship

Program overview

Northern Development Initiative Trust annually provides up to six economic development internship opportunities to the brightest graduates in central and northern British Columbia.

This six month internship program is intended for recent university graduates that are seeking careers in economic development within local governments in central and northern B.C. This program is designed to provide a unique, immersed curriculum of training and experience that will provide an operational portfolio demonstrating economic development competency and references. The program promises to provide a high level of professional development and training that will prepare post-secondary graduates with the knowledge and experience they need to take the next step in a fulfilling and satisfying career, and the contacts within local government to help land a permanent position.

The interns are remunerated with a $20,000 contract for the six month period. Northern Development interns have had an extremely high level of success in obtaining challenging permanent career positions over the past several years.

Position summary

Reporting to the Northern Development management team, the economic development interns will further develop their communication, project management, report and presentation development, and analytical skills as they build relationships with communities, First Nations, businesses, non-profit groups, and proponents seeking to expand businesses and the regional economy.

As the leading regional economic development corporation in central and northern British Columbia, Northern Development works directly with 40 communities, nine regional districts, one regional municipality, and 88 First Nations within the region to realize their economic potential. Northern Development supports community economic development initiatives with a funding base of over $200 million.

To apply

Interested internship candidates are asked to email their expression of interest covering letter and resume to by November 30th.

Program timeline

  • November 30 – Deadline for interested internship candidates to submit their expression of interest covering letter and resume
  • January 1 to January 15 – Application profile and screening form to be reviewed and shortlisted candidates contacted
  • February 1 to February 5 – Interviews and offers made to successful candidates
  • May 1 to October 31 – Internship work experience period including professional development conferences and practicum placements in communities