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LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Workplan should expose interns to the complexity of operations of local government.  Assignment to departments or project work should capture the learning outcomes identified below.

Governance and Administration

Understanding structure of local government

Understanding the legislative authority under which local government operates

Understanding  the relationship and interface between elected and appointed officials

Understanding the decision-making process and its implementation

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed officials

Understanding meeting rules and operations

Understanding local law making tools, their implementation and enforcement

Understanding public participation

Understanding service provision and operations

Understanding the local government election system

Understanding records management

Exposure to strategic planning

Examples of work that could be undertaken by an intern include:

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Drafting procedure for public participation at council/board meetings

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Reviewing and recommending amendments to the election bylaw

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Drafting council/committee agendas and taking minutes

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Participating in strategic planning session

Financial Services

Understanding the local government financial services legislative framework

Understanding the relationship between revenue generation and expenditures

Understanding local government financial management and reporting requirements and opportunities

Understanding budget preparation and implementation

Understanding the local government taxation system

Understanding local government borrowing authorities and implementation

Understanding asset management

Examples of work that could be undertaken by an intern include:

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Drafting payroll time sheets

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Participating in tax roll preparation

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Compiling background information on budget item for budget preparation

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Implementing and applying PSAB (tangible capital asset) legislation

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Developing a parcel tax bylaw

Planning and Development Services

Understanding the local government planning and development legislative framework

Understanding the role of official community planning, zoning and subdivision approvals

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