Rural Development Internships

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 15:47
Interns at work

The RDI supports students to engage in work integrated learning experiences that link student talent to the needs of community partners. Internships address a variety of themes related to economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being. Community partners may include non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. 

Recent internships are described below. If you are a student or community partner that is interested in developing a new internship, contact RDI Coordinator, Lauren Rethoret, or download our brochure to learn more.

Assessing Resident Sentiment Related to Tourism During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt around the world, and the tourism industry in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia is no exception. This internship assesses the sentiments of Kootenay Rockies residents related to tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this project will help stakeholders understand the impacts of COVID-19 on tourism, make informed decisions about management of tourism operations, and plan for recovery of the tourism sector.


Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association

Project Resources:

Report: Tourism in the Kootenay Rockies Region During COVID-19

Evidence-Based Food Policy

The Evidence-Based Food Policy project was a multidisciplinary research project on the topic of food systems viability and resilience in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. The project's overarching goal was to build an evidence based and strategic rationale for policy development to support and promote sustainable and viable land and water use and vibrant food economies in the region.


Central Kootenay Food Policy Council

Project Resources:

Report: ALR and Assessed Farmland Overlap in the RDCK

Report: Partnerships in Food Systems Research

Webmap: Available soon

Kootenay Shipping Hub

The Shipping Hub project is a multi-phase project exploring solutions to support Kootenay businesses in moving goods and overcoming barriers to small business and economic growth that current transportation options present. The Shipping Hub website will provide information and assist in connecting business owners and transportation partners across the region, in order to support the movement of goods, improve logistical and economic efficiency, and remove barriers to future small business growth and economic development.


Community Futures Central Kootenay

Project Resources:

Website: Kootenay Shipping