The Dhillon School of Business, in partnership with Mitacs, would like to offer students and small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) (less than 500 full-time employees) an opportunity to participate in the “Mitacs Business Strategy Internship" program. The program will award $10,000 in funding to each eligible undergraduate or graduate student to undertake a 16-week internship with a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) including not-for-profit organizations. Internships must focus on providing a strategic analysis that will assist the SME in restoring and/or modifying their operations toward success in a new environment disrupted by and likely changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The primary goals of the program are to:
Give students the opportunity to apply business concepts and theories to real-world business challenges while strengthening their skills and expanding their networks.
Provide support to SMEs who need additional assistance in modifying their business operations to adapt to the new economic reality
Build and strengthen connections and collaborations between companies and academic institutions.
Be an undergraduate or graduate student at the Dhillon School of Business and currently located in Canada
Not be a current, active participant in another Mitacs program
Be a small to mid-sized company or a not-for-profit organization with less than 500 full-time employees
Contribute $2,500 towards the award.
The Mitacs Business Strategy Internship will provide a grant of $10,000 per student with the full amount of the award going towards student stipend. The Dhillon School of Business and the partner organization will each contribute $2,500 towards the award with Mitacs providing the remaining $5,000.
Projects will be designed to address one or more business strategy components (i.e., marketing strategy, operations strategy, finance strategy, etc.) dependent on the need of the SME.
Each project will require supervision from a supervisor at the partner organization and an academic supervisor or a point person appointed by the Dhillon School of Business to oversee the work and the student.
Students are expected to meet weekly with their supervisors to report on the progress of their project. Virtual meetings are acceptable.
Both students and supervisors will be required to complete an exit survey at the end of the program reporting on skills developed and providing feedback on the program experience.
Projects will be reviewed by the Dhillon School of Business prior to submission to Mitacs
Projects submitted to Mitacs will then be evaluated internally to confirm eligibility with the program
Students must complete a Final Report summarizing the work that was completed to their academic supervisor during the last week of the award term.
Supplemental online training activities will be provided to students through the Mitacs learning management system, EDGE
How to apply
Mitacs Business Strategy Internships are available through Co-operative Education (Co-op) or Applied Studies. Visit the Career Bridge website to learn more about Co-op and Applied Studies. Once you are registered for Co-op, you will find available internships posted to the Co-op Job Board. Please check back regularly - new opportunities will be added as they become available.
Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada. For 20 years, Mitacs has worked with over 65 universities and academic institutions, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments to build partnerships that support talent development and deployment.