Previous Interns

The County of Wetaskiwin is a proud supporter of the Municipal Internship Program. During the first installment of the program, the County hosted Margaret Sjostrom in 1988/1989 and subsequently employed her as Assistant County Treasurer until April 2002. The County also employed two former interns, Lyle Wack who interned in 1980/1981 and who served as the Assistant County Secretary from 1985 to 1991, and Frank Coutney who interned at the Town of Barrhead in 1981/1982 and was hired by the County of Wetaskiwin as Financial Controller in May 1983. Frank eventually transitioned into the position of Assistant County Treasurer and in 1990 became the County's CAO, a position he still holds today.

After the 1980s, the Municipal Internship Program went on a temporary hiatus and did not return until 2002. Since 2006, the County has hosted 11 interns in both the administrative and planning streams. Below are a few quotes on each former intern's experience with the County of Wetaskiwin. Please feel free to contact the County any time to speak to Rod Hawken, Intern Supervisor 780-361-6225.

Larissa Hepp - Administrative Intern: 2015-2016


Current Position: Assistant Development Officer, County of Wetaskiwin
What she enjoyed most about her internship at the County of Wetaskiwin: 
"The County of Wetaskiwin has a robust corporate culture and is an exemplary host for the Municipal Internship Program. The program has enabled me to gain extensive knowledge of municipal government and administration through hands-on learning experiences and opportunities with experts in the field. Being exposed to a variety of departments and projects allowed me to find areas of interest and enhance my professional growth. The internship program is ideal for gaining experience in government and I strongly encourage other graduates to apply." 
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Jeff Chipley - Administrative Intern: 2014-2016
Current Position: Research Officer, County of Wetaskiwin
What he enjoyed most about his internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"Being a Municipal Intern at the County of Wetaskiwin is one of the best experiences that I have had the opportunity to take part in as a person interested in the exciting world of municipal government and administration. With the countless opportunities, experiences, and projects that I have been able to be a part of during my time here at the County, I know that my learning experiences on how municipalities operate to best serve our residents across a wide variety of departments have been second to none."
Jeff Chipley
"With a fun and cordial corporate culture, along with the County's proven track record on hosting successful interns, I have been able to grow both as a person and professional alongside my colleagues as a contributing member to the organization, while also being supported and mentored by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the municipal world. If you want to have a great experience in the Municipal Internship Program, the County of Wetaskiwin is the place to be!"
Tess Jorgensen - Administrative Intern: 2013-2014
Current Position:
What she enjoyed most about her internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"The Internship program has been a great way to gain insights and understand just what local government is all about. You get to see behind the curtain and assist in so many ways; much more than if you were working in just one department. The year here at the County has been invaluable in experiences for all things government. I would highly recommend those interested in government to apply for the internship program."
Tess Jorgensen
Sarah Harper - Administrative Intern: 2012-2014
Current Position: Legislative Officer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
What she enjoyed most about her internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"For anyone who is enthusiastic, willing to try something new, and looking for a fun experience, this internship is for you. I came in with limited knowledge but hungry to learn, and have been blown away by how much I have learned and how many amazing opportunities the County and its staff have provided me.The incredible variety of project work and areas of involvement ensure that interns at the County develop a well rounded understanding of municipal management. The County of Wetaskiwin has a corporate culture that creates a fun learning environment, and an administrative team that provides unparalleled mentorship in the field of municipal government management. This program is one of a kind."
Sarah Harper
Chantelle Kilbourn - Planning Intern: 2010-2012
Current Position: Senior Environmental Planner and Consultant, Green Plan Ltd. Environmental Consultants.
Chantelle Kilbourn
Iain McLean - Administrative Intern: 2010-2011
Current Position: Project Lead, Elections and Census, City of Edmonton
Iain McLean

Kristen Tuff - Administrative Intern: 2009-2010


Current Position: Appeals and Policy Coordinator/Legislative & Legal Services, Rocky View County
What she enjoyed about doing her internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"My favourite part about doing my internship at the County of Wetaskiwin has definitely been my experience in working with the staff. Everyone is extremely generous with their knowledge and are always excited to get me involved in any project that I show interest in. Managers show confidence in me and are constantly open to letting me take key roles in important projects. I feel free to be creative and am constantly learning new things both about local government management and about myself."
Kristen Tuff
Shelley Der - 2nd Year Planning Intern: 2009-2010
Current Position: Planning Advisor, Government of Alberta Shelley Profile
What she enjoyed about doing her internship at the County:
"My internship with the County of Wetaskiwin has been a fantastic experience. I’ve had great mentors and co-workers that have helped to provide me with valuable knowledge in planning and development. The variety of work offered to me has also helped my confidence since I have had many opportunities to take the lead role in many projects. Through my experience in the internship, I will have the applied knowledge and skills that I will need to succeed in my career in municipal government."
Shelley Der
Alan Greene - Administrative Intern: 2008-2009
Current Position: Business Development Manager, Switch Inc.
What he enjoyed most about doing his internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"My time with the County of Wetaskiwin was incredible. From the leadership down they have an amazing team that makes you feel welcome. Frank, Rod, and all of the directors are very knowledgeable and they do their best to ensure you get the most out of your experience. If they feel there is a conference, meeting, event, or activity that would be beneficial to you, they try their best to bring you along. The Staff at the County are a close group with a corporate culture that is second to none."
Alan Greene
Adam Tittemore - Administrative Intern: 2007-2008
Current Position: Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Corman Park, Saskatchewan
What he enjoyed about doing his internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"The County of Wetaskiwin was the ideal place to complete my year in the Municipal Internship Program. Staff and residents alike are dedicated to the municipality in such a way that a great learning experience is guaranteed."
Adam Tittemore
Cam Mills - Administrative Intern: 2006-2007
Current Position: Management Consultant, BJK Holdings Ltd.
What he enjoyed about doing his internship at the County of Wetaskiwin:
"During my initial internship at the County of Wetaskiwin I was exposed to the full spectrum of the County’s operations. I had the opportunity to work closely with managers in every field: Administration, Finance, Economic Development, etc. The County understood that my internship needed to be about more than just watching things happen; they knew that I needed to have the chance to contribute to the organization. I was given the opportunity to take on key roles in some very important projects."
Cam Mills
"My most memorable project was working on securing grant funding from the Provincial and Federal levels of government. With the help of staff from several departments, I put together proposals that resulted in the County obtaining millions of dollars in funding for important infrastructure projects spanning several years. I was given real responsibility and hands on experience, and because of that I learned what it takes to succeed in municipal government and as a manager."