Mitacs Business Strategy Internship Program


The Edwards School of Business, in partnership with Mitacs, is participating in a second phase of the “Mitacs Business Strategy Internship" program, to connect our students and faculty with Canadian businesses.

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 corporation or an incorporated not-for-profit organization in Canada
  • Willing to contribute $5,000 towards the award 


  • Be registered at a participating Canadian academic institution (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Not be a current, active participant in another Mitacs program
  • Be available from for the length of the internship (internships are 4 months - 16 weeks long on average) 

Please note:

  • International students qualify for this opportunity. Students must be living in Canada throughout the duration of their internship to participate in this program, and must hold a valid study permit and are legally able to work in Canada.
  • Recent graduates quality for this opportunity. To be eligible, students must have graduated within 3 months of the internship start date.

Program Details

The Mitacs BSI is a new program designed to offer real world experience for undergrad and graduate students through a 4-month internship (approx. 480 hrs) with a business or not-for-profit organization that is experiencing challenges or disruptions due to Covid-19. The BSI program is designed to give students the opportunity to develop a strategic analysis for an organization to help them thrive in a new economic environment by restoring or modifying business operations.  Participating partner organizations will contribute $5,000 for a total award of $10,000 to be used towards a student stipend.

The BSI program aims to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply business concepts and theories to real-world scenarios.
  • Provide support to organizations that need additional assistance in modifying their business operations to adapt to the new economic reality.
  • Build students’ skills in communication, problem solving, innovation, resilience, managing complexity, navigating change, business continuity planning, and allow them to apply their education through an experiential learning opportunity.
  • Provide training and career opportunities for students by creating new connections with faculty, businesses, and communities.
  • Encourage collaborations and strengthen connections between industry and academic institutions.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the Research Excellence & Innovation website


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.