Mitacs Business Strategy Internship Program


The Edwards School of Business, in partnership with Mitacs, has launched a new summer/fall internship called the “Mitacs Business Strategy Internship" program, to connect our students and faculty with Canadian businesses.

The program will award $10,000 of funding to each interested and eligible student or recent graduate to undertake a four-month project (Approx. 480 hours) with a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), or not-for-profit organization. Selected students will analyze opportunities and provide strategic support to help organizations adapt and grow their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary Goals

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Experiential learning

Provide students with the opportunity to apply business concepts to real-world decision-making and build students’ skills in problem solving, innovation, and navigating change

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Support the Business Community

Edwards interns will support businesses who need additional assistance in modifying their business operations to adapt to the new economic reality

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Community building

Build and strengthen connections and collaborations between the business community and expand students’ networks



  • Be a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) or larger company, or not-for-profit organization 
  • Willing to contribute $5,000 towards the award 


  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at the Edwards School of Business and currently located in Canada
  • Not be a current, active participant in another Mitacs program or a  current employee at the partner organization
  • Be available from for the length of the internship (internships are 4-6 months - 16 weeks long on average) 

Program Details

  • The Mitacs Awards will provide a grant of $10,000 per student with the full amount of the award applied towards student stipends. The employer will contribute $5,000 (with employers being responsible for the additional applicable taxes) and Mitacs will contribute the remaining $5,000.
  • Internships 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 organization.
  • 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.
  • Scope of the internship will be reviewed by the University prior to submission to Mitacs. Internships submitted to Mitacs will then be evaluated internally to confirm eligibility with the program.
  • Supplemental online training activities will be provided to the students through the Mitacs learning management system, EDGE

Important Deadlines:

Round 2 has closed. Stay tuned for more updates!


  • Each project will require supervision from a supervisor at the partner organization and an academic supervisor or a point person appointed by the institution to oversee the work and the student.
  • Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received. If approved, the next steps will be to open the internship to student applications.


  • Build skills in communication, problem solving, innovation, resilience, managing complexity, navigating change, business continuity planning, and more while applying your education through an experiential learning opportunity
  • Students are expected to meet weekly with their supervisors to report on the progress of their project. Virtual meetings are acceptable.
  • Students must complete a final report summarizing the work that was completed to their academic supervisor during the last week of the award term.



Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that designs and deMitacs Logolivers 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.