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Internship Program

Job Summary

Location: Across the NWT
Department: Finance
Job ID: 19321
Wage: See "Salary Information" below.
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Nov 30, 2021

Job Information

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) internship program employs northern graduates in areas related to their field of study for a minimum of one year. Beyond the valuable work experience gained during an internship, the GNWT offers a competitive salary, benefits, and excellent opportunities for career growth and advancement.


Intern placements are available to northern graduates.  A northern graduate is an individual who has graduated with a diploma or degree from a designated post-secondary institution within a 24 month period prior to applying to the Internship Program or will complete all academic requirements for his/her program within 6 months of applying to the Internship Program and falls within one of the following designated groups:

  • Indigenous Aboriginal Persons – Those persons who are descendants of the Dene, Inuit or Metis people, indigenous to the present boundaries of the Northwest Territories and include any aboriginal persons resident at birth pursuant to Section 23 of the Vital Statistics Act and any Canadian aboriginal persons who have lived more than half of their life in the Northwest Territories.
  • Indigenous Non-Aboriginal Persons – Those include non-aboriginal persons born in the Northwest Territories or who have lived more than half their life in the Northwest Territories.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is considered “Ordinarily Resident” for at least 3 years immediately prior to the start of his/her program with a designated post-secondary institution.

Note: If you have been out of the NWT for more than 12 continuous months, but you have not resided in one specific province, territory or country for 12 continuous months, you are still considered ordinarily resident of the NWT.

How to Apply to the Program

  1. If you meet the program eligibility, as per the above, and are interested in an internship, please submit your cover letter, resume, proof of Affirmative Action Status and proof of graduation through the Internship Program job opening posted on the GNWT Careers website.
  2. Following receipt of your application and all applicable documentation, an email will be sent to you indicating that you have been registered for the Internship Program. Your application will remain on file for 2 years from the date you complete your post-secondary program.
  3. Once registered for the Internship Program you can apply on specific internship position Expressions of Interest. Beginning mid-December, Intern Expression of Interest job openings will be posted by specific departments, boards and agencies to the GNWT Careers website.
  4. Please note that your application to any intern expression of interest job opening will only be accepted if you are registered to the Internship Program. 

Helpful Hints

Before you can start your internship, you must provide confirmation that you have completed the course work necessary for your diploma/degree.  Accepted documents include:

  • A photocopy of your diploma or degree, or
  • A letter from your Post-Secondary Institution indicating you have met the requirements to graduate.

You must provide proof of Affirmative Action Status, if applicable. Accepted documents include:

Priority 1 (Indigenous Aboriginal Persons):

  • Copy of treaty, Metis or beneficiary cards
  • Letter from Aboriginal Organization you belong to

Priority 2 (Indigenous Non Aboriginal Persons):

  • Enrollment History from Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) (request from and include your date of birth in your email), or
  • NWT Birth Certificate

Documents Accepted for proof of Priority 2 (Resident Disabled Persons):

  • Medical certification for disability

Our current definition of ordinarily resident is:

  • Actually residing in the NWT for a 12 continuous months or more (not in full-time postsecondary studies),
  • The person, or their spouse, is temporarily posted in a place of employment outside of the NWT, where the place of business is in the NWT. (There is no definition of temporary. Our current practice is 2 years or less. As well, we are also applying a medical condition untreatable in the NWT as a temporary absence – acceptable proof must be included.),
  • The person, or their spouse, is in full-time approved postsecondary studies and was considered actually or ordinarily resident before they left the NWT, and/or
  • The person is in K-12 outside of the NWT where the parent who ordinarily resides with the person is actually a resident of the NWT under a), b) or c).

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal records check.  Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID: 19321

Closing Date: December 1, 2021 – 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries 
Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9 

Salary Information

The salary for the Internship Program is dependent on duties assigned.