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MBA Internship Program Information

The MBA internship program provides students with the opportunity to apply their academic learning and gain practical experience in a supervised professional business environment. For employers, the internship provides an effective strategy to access a highly skilled talent pool. 

The internship takes place during the final semester of the MBA program.  To comply with program requirements, the internship must be 16 weeks in length and interns must work a minimum of 35 hours per week. Internship could take the form of a special project; a job/role or research project.

Covid-19 Response

In the summer of 2020 the MBA internship team was faced with the challenge of re-configuring the MBA internship program to meet the needs of the VIU pandemic protocols.  For the safety of our student the implemented protocols required that MBA internships were remote work only.  Click the link below for information on our response to this new challenge.

MBA Internship Program Covid-19 Response

The internship must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must offer tasks which allow students to directly apply their learning from the MBA program; aligning to a minimum of 6 courses' program learning outcomes. View MBA course outlines
  • Must take place in a professional business environment
  • Must have a designated mentor, preferably the same mentor throughout the internship, who agrees to fully participate in the internship process including signing the Internship Work Term Agreement, registering in CareerVIU, reviewing the work term record and completion of the e check-in record, meeting with the student and work-integrated learning faculty for a mid-point visit and completion of the online Employer Final Evaluation
  • Must provide ongoing consistent oversight and feedback

To start the process of hiring an MBA Intern go to our "Getting Started" page for more info on the process: Get Started!


The intern may perform everyday business functions, conduct research around business challenges, work on a designated project or a combination of these.

Vancouver Island University's work-integrated learning faculty will provide ongoing support for employers and monitor the intern's progress.

The MBA program has changed. Formally there were four internship start semesters each year but this has now changed to two internship start semesters each year. Students will now be looking for internships starting in January and May of each year. 

Please note that due to the MBA program change our next group of interns will not be seeking internship placement until January 2022.

Duration of the internship is 16 weeks at a minimum of 35 hours per week.

There is very little work involved in the process and it is all done online via our Centre for Experiential Learning online internship tracking portal CareerVIU.

Yes, each organization is permitted up to two interns at any given time. If, however, you have a large organization capable of supporting multiple interns with office space and mentors we may consider allowing more than two.

Contact a work-integrated learning faculty and find out how we can meet your specific business needs

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Support for Employers

The VIU MBA Internship Team is here to support employers before, during and after the internship.  We can assist you with posting an MBA opportunity, selecting a candidate and overcoming challenges during the internship.  We have curated a wide array of resources to assist you during the entire internship process.

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