Student Internship: Community Development Coordinator – Homelessness, Housing & Other Initiatives


The Community Development Coordinator will work in various aspects of ARDN’s projects, focusing on rural homelessness and affordable housing. ARDN does unique work to support rural communities, and has a positive team environment. The Community Development Coordinator will have a unique opportunity to develop their skills in communication (written, verbal, and translation), community outreach, impact evaluation, data collection to inform policy and recommendations, taking initiative on individual project work, research, problem solving, project-specific financial management, and networking.

This position may begin as soon as August 31, 2020, for 16 weeks.

  • Coordinate external communications with stakeholders, clients and rural communities
  • Support outreach activities to communities and community-based organisations across Canada
  • Assist with homelessness funding project tracking and financial reporting
  • Assist with developing and implementing improved impact evaluations for homelessness projects
  • Research and develop strategies for policy-change, and how to effectively advocate for these     changes
  • Review and edit ARDN-produced French language publications as needed, and produce some     French communications materials
  • Assist with the planning of the Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness synmposium
  • Other project work on ARDN’s various initiatives, which will be tailored to the student’s skills and interests.


  • High degree of fluency in both French and English (verbal and written)
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Results driven, proactive and able to work independently
  • Flexible, change embracing and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Outgoing personality that enjoys talking to and engaging people
  • A positive, “team player” attitude, and desire to help others meet goals and be successful
  • Interest in learning about the social sector and community development work
  • Experience working with or living in a rural Canadian community is an asset


We are looking for a student undertaking post-secondary education, either at a bachelors or masters level. Unlike other types of work where there are clear streams of education leading to them, the non-profit sector has no single educational stream leading to it, and it requires people from every discipline. It is more important that a student is interested in the work that we do. Generally, relevant fields of education for our type of work include: communications, public policy, social work, commerce, public health. We also have team members with degrees in industrial design, biology, psychology, finance, agriculture, and more.


As this position is funded through the Young Canada Works program, certain eligibility requirements apply. Students must:

  • Be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • Have a working knowledge of both English and French.


Please send a resume and cover letter to, and indicate which position you are applying for. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled, so we encourage applicants to submit as soon as possible.


Since its inception in 2009, Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has been committed to addressing key issues in rural communities at a local level. It started with a finite fund to distribute to grassroots projects across the province, and has since grown into a key resource for rural communities on issues that are generally under-addressed. ARDN’s initiatives are dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness, supporting communities in addressing their need for affordable housing, rural immigration, and substance use awareness. ARDN also works in other areas and is always exploring new opportunities to support rural communities.

 ARDN’s approach is founded on supporting communities in their efforts to address social issues. They listen, hear what the community’s needs are, and provide support by developing solutions with them, knowing each community is unique and requires a tailored approach. In addition, a key aspect of ARDN’s work is supporting communities in actually implementing the proposed solutions by providing capacity and expertise. All too often projects are started, but stall without the right tools, capacity, and expertise needed to become a reality; ARDN is committed to filling this gap.


For students who must travel at least 125 km from their permanent residence to their job site, Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages will pay the cost of one round trip between the student’s permanent residence and workplace. The program also offers an allowance for housing costs incurred by a participant who has to pay for rent.

ARDN's office currently operates on a 10:25 ratio of working in-office to working from home. Employees are typically required to come into the office for at least 10 hours a week over 2 days, and can work from home the remaining hours of their week.

This job is located in Edmonton, Alberta at the ARDN office near the downtown core. Free parking is available for employees on site, and public transit is available as well. Edmonton is a beautiful city, both in its amenities and nature. It has a beautiful river valley running through the city center to explore, as well as many parks and green spaces which often host public events and festivals both in the summer and winter. It has many unique breweries, coffee shops, and restaurants to experience, as well as activities like breakout rooms, West Edmonton Mall (with an indoor water park and amusement park), golfing, indoor arenas and outdoor skating rinks, recreation centers, and areas for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Home to the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, and NAIT (to name a few), there is no shortage of young professionals to meet, night life, and entertainment such as theater, festivals, large concerts and intimate shows, museums, art galleries, and sporting events in the state-of-the-art Rogers Place and Commonwealth Stadium.

Edmonton is also near Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, where a weekend trip can include skiing in the mountains, hiking, and wildlife, as well as exploring the beautiful towns of Jasper and Banff and experiencing the majestic Rocky Mountains, which attract travellers from around the world. Elk Island National Park lies just outside of the city as well, where you can see bison, rent a“glamping” cabin, and explore nature.

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bélanger