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NDIT and Feds granting $480,000 for First Nations government internships

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Northern Development Initiative Trust and the federal government have partnered to provide funding for a pilot project that supports government internships for First Nations residents of Northern B.C.

NDIT and the Department of Indigenous Services Canada have committed $480,000 in funding over the next three years to support First Nations Government Internships. The program is modeled on NDIT’s Local Government Internship Program, and will see four 12-month internships available each year of the program.

The internships pay the equivalent of $40,000 per year and offer recent university graduates an opportunity to pursue careers in First Nations government administration. The pilot project was launched in 2017 between the Trust and Indigenous Services Canada and saw three interns successfully placed in host communities. NDIT will contribute $240,000 of the $480,000 in funding for the project.

NDIT says that interested intern candidates and host First Nations communities can submit applications are now available on the Trust’s website at https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/first-nations-government-internship/.

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