Community-Based Research Internship Opportunity Announced

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:53
TeckServ Internship

Up to $10,000 is available to help a local organization work with a Selkirk College student to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary region. The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its seventh year, provides support for an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.

Students and community-based organizations are invited to apply for this unique opportunity which aims to  support initiatives that will create positive rural development outcomes at the local or regional scale. Submissions from organizations do not need to have a student identified, but submissions from students should be linked to a sponsoring community organization. Proposals must be received by March 29, 2018and the successful applicant will be notified by early April.

The program is funded by Teck Trail Operations, and additional support is provided by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI), at Selkirk College.

Last year’s TeckServ internship allowed Alexandre Landry, a student of the Geographic Information Systems Bachelor degree program to work with the Economic Development Commission of the East Shore of Kootenay Lake (EDC) during an initial stage of their Asset-Based Community Development Project. Alexandre designed and collected data related to community assets, including conducting a series of interviews with local leaders, which lead to the launching of an asset inventory project. The information is now informing strategic planning efforts.

“The partnership with Teck Trail Operations has allowed students to gain valuable workplace experience and the chance to put their education to use for the benefit of the community,” says Dr. Terri MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair at Selkirk College’s Rural Development Institute. “In some cases we’ve seen these internships lead to employment which is an added bonus.”

“I learned much more than I thought I would,” says Alexandre. “This internship gave me a valuable opportunity to gain experience working with multiple groups, including volunteers, local government, and the team at the Rural Development Institute. I had a chance to apply what I’d learned in the classroom to a real world setting and as a result I now have a much better sense of the complexity involved in co-developing and working to implement a project with community partners. ”

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit


Media Contact: Nadine Raynolds, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, 250-365-1282

Columbia Basin Rural Development InstituteThe Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, at Selkirk College, is a regional research centre with a mandate to support informed decision-making by Columbia Basin-Boundary communities through the provision of information, applied research and related outreach and extension support.