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City Scholars

Who we are

The City of Lethbridge recognizes the benefits of partnering with students and faculty at post-secondary institutions, including accessing and leveraging research, data and expertise.
The City Scholars program creates a pathway for students, faculty, and the City to work together on evidence-informed applied research projects that support innovation, addressing the challenges and opportunities facing our city. Through collaboration, we can better understand the needs of our diverse community, the impacts of local and global changes, and ultimately design and deliver high-quality planning, programs, and services to our community.

Who we work with

The City Scholars program helps bridge the gap between campus and community by creating strong partnerships.

Students bridge their academic knowledge with career development by learning about what it means to work within a public sector environment.

  • Develop workplace skills and apply academic knowledge
  • Access professional and academic mentorship
  • Network with prospective employers
  • Learn about municipal governance and business practices

Faculty bridge theoretical frameworks and application to ground their work in real-world contexts and to support the City with research, data analysis, and knowledge.

  • Develop connections for applied research
  • Collaborate with public service experts working in the research field of interest
  • Provide opportunities for WIL placements
  • Ground truth their research by applying it to a real-world context

City of Lethbridge staff bridge with "on-demand" expertise at post-secondary institutions to support operational and strategic needs at the City of Lethbridge.

  • Access faculty research expertise
  • Increase capacity to take on research projects
  • Develop staff mentorship and supervision skills
  • Learn about new approaches and practices to their work

What we do

City Scholars creates a unique opportunity for collaboration through Work-Integrated Learning (WIL).

WIL projects provide students with hands-on workplace experience, structured around both professional and academic outcomes. At the City of Lethbridge students have the unique opportunity to work on projects that positively impact the wellbeing of their community, while also benefiting from the mentorship of City and faculty supervisors. The skills and experiences gained through City Scholars' WIL opportunities support students as they enter the workforce and/or pursue further education.

The structure of City Scholars WIL projects can vary, however most take the form of Applied Studies and Community Service Learning. Applied Studies provide opportunities for students to take on short-term (typically one or two semesters) research projects. Students receive both professional and academic work plans, as well as supervision by a City project lead and faculty member. Typical outcomes include research papers, policy briefs and presentations. Applied Studies are often carried out by one student, however can also be designed for a small cohort. Community Service Learning projects embed real world outcomes within the structure and learning objectives of a class, linking theoretical concepts with experiential learning.

WIL projects are often initiated by the City based on our operational and strategic needs, however can also be proposed by students and faculty.

Project Contact

Perry Stein

Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)

City of Lethbridge
910 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6



Contact Us

City Hall
910 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6

Phone: 311
or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)


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