How to Apply


Any student in good academic standing, and who is registered at the time of application in a Baccalaureate program at the University of Alberta, in a discipline suitable to the community project being applied to, may apply. Engage North Interns will focus on applied employment-style projects. Interns will be expected to partake in aspects of community life in order to increase their ability to work constructively with, and understand the culture of the community in which they are placed, as well as to gain first-hand experience with the issues currently faced by Northern and Indigenous communities.


Application Deadlines:

a) Beaver First Nation: Positions are open until March 2, 2020

b) Dene Tha' First Nation: Positions are open until March 12, 2020

Interviews: Beaver First Nation: March 6, 2020; Dene Tha’ First Nation: March 12, 2020
Pre-Departure Orientation: May 1-May 12, 2020
Departure to Communities: May 13, 2020
Intern Debrief: August 26-27, 2020
Report Deadline: September 20, 2020

Award Details

Interns will receive:

  • One to two weeks of pre-departure orientation in Edmonton during the first two weeks in May (will be modified for interns joining program late)
  • Travel to and from Edmonton to their host community at the beginning and end of the placement;
  • Debriefing/re-entry session in Edmonton immediately following the conclusion of the internships, usually held the last week in August;
  • Accommodations within the host community for the period of the internship (note that the interns will be living in the community-provided housing, which usually involves shared accommodations with a fellow intern, and the interns will be responsible for preparing their own meals and deep-cleaning the accommodations at the end of the internship);
  • A food allowance of $200 per month provided directly to each intern;
  • An internship stipend of between $1,000-$2,000 per month for undergraduate and graduate placements, provided directly to each intern throughout the summer;
  • Other types of support such as language and communication supports.

Note: Both the food allowance and the internship stipend maybe taxable


To apply please send the following to

  • A Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • 150 word essay for each of the following questions
    • What does reconciliation mean to you?
    • What might you contribute to community life in your host community?

**If applying to multiple positions, please highlight in your cover letter, which positions you are interested in.