Government of Alberta Alberta Public Service Policy Internship Program Full Time in Edmonton, AB

Government of Alberta

Branch Edmonton AB CA

Alberta Public Service Policy Internship Program
Edmonton, AB

Political science, social science, arts, business, public administration, sciences, engineering, etc.). Why you are interested in public policy in the Alberta…

Are you a motivated recent post-secondary graduate seeking an opportunity for growth in the ever-changing world of policy? Are you someone who can see the big picture, critically analyze issues that impact our province, and work strategically to gather information and balance varied perceptions? If this describes you, then the Alberta Public Service Policy Internship Program is the ideal role for you to begin your career and reach your full potential!

The two year Alberta Public Service (APS) Policy Internship provides recent post-secondary graduates with the opportunity to rotate through two one year placements that will allow you to:
– prepare for a future career in public policy by further developing the competencies required of a policy professional in the Alberta Public Service;
– increase your understanding of how government works and its policy development cycle; and
– gain valuable work experience, expand your perspective and build your professional network through learning and development opportunities, such as a mentorship program.

For more information on the APS Competency Model, please visit: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/titlepage&cf=9


You have graduated within the last two years (after April 2016) with a university degree (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD) in any related field (i.e.: political science, social science, arts, business, public administration, sciences, engineering, etc.)


Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/titlepage&cf=9

Our ideal candidate is someone who demonstrates the following Alberta Public Service Competencies:

– The ability to Develop Networks and Building Collaborative Environments, along with your excellent writing and presentation skills will assist in your work with the Policy Community regarding research and analysis of information as well as innovative solutions and recommendations.
– As a Creative Problem Solver, your knowledge of and/or experience with policy review and development will help you respond to general or technical inquiries from internal and external stakeholders.
– As a Systems Thinker, you will be cognizant of how your work and the work of other areas may impact each other within a ministry, across ministries, and outside the government. You will use your research and analytical skills to seek out information, analyze issues and develop potential policy options, outcomes and actions.
– Your demonstrated Agility helps you to anticipate and readily adapt to changing priorities that may result from ministerial or public requests and/or program/project work.
– Your Drive for Results enables you to be involved in a range of projects, balance priorities, work within competing timelines and achieve outcomes, as well as help the ministry achieve its policy goals.


$2,259.36 to $2,963.75 bi-weekly range (~$58,970 to $77,350 annually)
Note: Relocation allowance is not available for these positions.


This is a two year Alberta Public Service (APS) Policy Internship with the opportunity to rotate through two one year placements.

What we offer:
– Comprehensive benefits plan: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/DocList410.cfm
– Pension plan: https://www.pspp.ca/
– Leadership and mentorship programs
– Professional learning and development
– Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How to Apply

Your application must include only the following three pieces. Applications that do not follow the outlined format will not be reviewed.
1. Cover letter – Instructions outlined below
2. Resume
3. Written Assignment – Instructions outlined below

Cover Letter
Please write a cover letter that touches on the following areas:
– Why you are interested in public policy in the Alberta Public Service
– How your education and experience would make you the ideal candidate for this program
– The ways you have experienced or been involved in the following policy areas (write about a maximum of three of these areas)
– Issue Identification
– Research
– Data Analysis
– Options Development
– Policy Implementation
– Evaluation/ Performance Measurement
– Stakeholder Consultation
– Maximum length: 1 page (single sided)
– One-inch margins
– Size 12 Arial font

Written Assignment
Briefing notes are a tool used by the Government of Alberta to relay information and policy recommendations. Please respond to ONE of the scenario questions below.

Writing Instructions:
1. You must complete your response in the briefing note format outlined below, which includes the following headings:
– Background;
– Analysis; and
– Recommended Option(s).
NOTE: other headings can be added if you deem them necessary
2. While there is no correct answer, your writing will be assessed on the basis of your analysis and demonstrated critical thinking, the structure, language and mechanics (e.g., spelling, grammar) and the overall impression.
3. It is not necessary to write in paragraph form, or provide citations for your briefing note.
4. Formatting:
– Maximum length: 2 pages (single sided)
– One-inch margins
– Size 12 Arial font

Choose ONE of the following fictional topic areas and write a briefing note for the associated Minister on what you think they should know or do about the selected topic area, including recommendations for the minister, if applicable. Include in your briefing any relevant research and information. Your briefing note must be prepared using the below outlined briefing note template.

Option 1: The likelihood of autonomous vehicles hitting the streets of Alberta in the near future is increasing. You have been asked to prepare a briefing for the Minister of Transportation on what other jurisdictions have done/are doing about this and what Alberta should do.

Option 2: A recognized health policy think tank has published a paper with a recommendation to policy makers to make influenza vaccination mandatory, in order to reduce influenza related deaths to zero. You are asked to prepare a briefing for the Minister of Health on the pros and cons of such position and a recommended stand for Alberta on mandatory influenza vaccinations.

Option 3: A blended learning model (virtual instruction for 30%-50% of the time) will be piloted in 5-10 high schools next year. You are asked to prepare a briefing for the Minister of Education on factors for success and the recommended measurement and evaluation approach to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the program.

Briefing Note Template
Advice to the Minister

– Relevant background on the issue.
– Relevant analysis of the policy issue(s).
Recommended Option(s)
– Policy recommendation(s) and next steps.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume, and written assignment are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name (Smith,Joe_Resume). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.

If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Adam Danyleyko, Public Service Commission, 7th Floor, Peace Hills Trust Tower, 10011 – 109 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – http://eae.alberta.ca/labour-and-immigration/overview-of-immigration/international-qualifications-assessment-service.aspx It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile

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Closing Statement

The Government of Alberta is an inclusive employer, committed to building a workplace where everyone feels welcomed, valued and respected. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including candidates who have experience working with Indigenous initiatives, communities, culture and people.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Adam Danyleyko: (780) 644-5589 or e-mail: ([email protected]) If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check http://www.jobs.alberta.ca for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.

Note: Relocation allowance is not available for these positions.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Edmonton, AB, CA
Posted on: 2018-01-10
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