Mitacs Employers

Overview

In partnership with Mitacs, VIU is pleased to offer the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The award provides 50% matched funding towards either $10,000 or $15,000 per MBA intern to allow them to undertake a four-month internship project with a partner organization in Canada. MBA interns will work with their work-integrated learning (WIL) internship faculty to co-design a project with their partner organization to work on the organization’s innovation activities, helping them improve their products, processes, or services. Throughout the internship, VIU WIL faculty will offer ongoing support to both the student and organization, and Mitacs will provide online professional development courses to interns.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested applicants should read through the criteria below to ensure they are eligible for the program before applying through the Registration and Application Portal (RAP).

Partner organizations must be one of the following: 

  • a for-profit corporation in Canada
  • an incorporated not-for-profit (NFP) organization in Canada
    • Eligible NFPs include charities, economic development organizations, industry associations, social welfare organizations, health organizations, foundations, and research centres/institutes.
  • a municipality
  • a hospital

Please contact Cynthia.Lange@viu.ca to check eligibility prior to application or if you have any questions about the eligibility criteria listed above.

*Important note regarding conflicts of interest *
BSI interns are not allowed to have any position of ownership, employment, or influence over the daily operations at the partner organization. BSI interns with close family relationships or intimate relationships with academic supervisors or employees of the partner organization are not allowed.  

Any other Conflicts of Interest (COIs) (for example, involving the academic supervisor and the partner organization) must be disclosed to Mitacs during the application process and will be reviewed by Mitacs’s COI committee.

If a Conflict of Interest (COI) exists, we suggest that you contact the Business Development representative for your region prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible for the program. Please visit the Mitacs Conflict of Interest Policy for more information.

Responsibilities

VIU MBA Employer Responsibilities during the internship can be found at: VIU MBA Employer Responsibilities

How to Get Started

  1. Connect with Cynthia.Lange@viu.ca to discuss applying for BSI program funding.
  2. Submit a job posting to the CareerVIU MBA internship opportunity board.
  3. Complete your hiring process.
  4. Complete the Mitacs BSI application process and proposal template via its Registration and Application Portal (RAP).
    1. The proposal template will be provided through the RAP or you can also download the template here for review prior to submission. 
    2. Any COIs involving the academic supervisor and the partner organization must be disclosed to Mitacs during the application process and will be reviewed by the Mitacs COI committee. Please visit the Mitacs Conflict of Interest Policy for more information.
    3. Await Confirmation of approval from VIU & Mitacs.

 

When applying through the RAP 

The project start date listed in your application should be at least seven weeks later than your submission date to allow Mitacs the appropriate time to process your application.

  • Please watch the following video for how to apply through the RAP.
  • The project start date listed in your application should be at least six weeks later than your submission date to allow Mitacs the appropriate time to process your application.
  • Your project start date will be confirmed in your Outcome Letter once your project has been approved.
  • If you start a project before receiving funds from Mitacs, you do so at your own risk. Mitacs will not reimburse for work completed prior to receiving funding.  

If you have any questions about the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program, please email Cynthia.Lange@viu.ca

 

Timelines

Mitacs BSI Timeline Deadlines

VIU MBA Internship Opportunity Posting (Job Posting) Submission: September 27, 2021

Completion of hiring process: October 15, 2021

Mitacs RAP Portal Submission Deadline: October 25, 2021

Mitacs BSI Timeline Deadlines

Dates and deadlines to be posted shortly.