Launch your career with Northern Development internships

Join our network of 100+ Northern Development interns and kickstart your career in local government, First Nations government and business development in Northern B.C. Available to recent graduates of post-secondary, our 12-month paid internship programs offer emerging professionals the opportunity to spend a year living and working in beautiful Northern B.C., receive personal mentoring, professional development and a network of flexible career options.

Our 2020 Program

Visit our Intern FAQ page for more information about the 2020 internship program.

Host local governments, First Nations governments and Community Futures (for the business development internships) vary from year to year. Each of the below organizations are approved, after submitting an application, to host a Northern Development intern for 12 months. They have gone through a comprehensive selection process that consider factors like work plan, mentor and more.

Our 2020 host communities:  

Local Government
  • City of Williams Lake
  • District of Fort St. James
  • North Coast Regional District (Prince Rupert)
  • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (Fort Nelson)
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (Burns Lake)
  • Village of Ashcroft
  • Village of Masset
  • Village of Telkwa

First Nations Government
  • Haisla Nation
  • Lytton First Nation
  • McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • Takla Nation
  • Williams Lake Indian Band
Business Development
  • Community Futures Nadina (Houston/Smithers)
  • Community Futures Pacific Northwest (Prince Rupert)
  • Community Futures Sun Country (Ashcroft)

Who are we looking for?

Northern Development is seeking motivated, enthusiastic and civic-minded graduates to learn and develop their professional skills for a career in government administration and economic development.

Professional Qualities


Proposed Timeline (subject to change in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic)


Our Intern Alumni

The Northern Development Intern alumni community is over 100 members working at varying levels of government across the country. Read some of our recent alumni success stories below:
Q&A with Lina Gasser, 2015 intern
Through Rayne or Shine
The Future is Never Crystal Clear
The Call of the North