Internship Program Changes Improve Career Development Options

March 10, 2014
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YELLOWKNIFE (March 10, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has redesigned its Graduate Internship Program to provide recent NWT graduates with improved career development options by better aligning opportunities in the public service with the studies and aspirations of young Northerners.

“We know many northern students want to work for the GNWT and changing our internship requirements offers new graduates better and longer opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience to more easily transition into the GNWT,” said Minister of Human Resources Tom Beaulieu. “By linking Internship placements with GNWT occupational shortages, we are gaining the valuable technical and specialized skills the GNWT requires.”

Changes to the Internship Program include options for departments to extend the term of the internship to longer than one year and link the internship to occupational shortages in the GNWT. Eligibility for the program has now been extended to those who have graduated within the last 12 months, up from six months. The program guidelines have also been updated to help ensure managers and interns understand the purpose of the program and their roles and responsibilities.

The GNWT continues to develop and implement an array of recruitment and retention initiatives to strengthen the public service and create employment opportunities throughout the NWT. The redesigned Graduate Internship program is one of the initiatives under the GNWT’s Workforce Planning Strategy to address barriers to employment. The redesigned program also supports the goals of the GNWT’s recently announced population growth strategy by encouraging NWT students to return home after their post-secondary studies.

For more information: 

Jackie Bell 
Manager, Policy and Communications 
Department of Human Resources 
Tel: (867) 873-7696 
Email: Jackie_bell@gov.nt.ca