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Smith partners with Mitacs to provide support to Businesses and Not-For-Profits through internships for students in response to COVID-19

In partnership with Mitacs, Smith School of Business is participating in the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program. This program supports graduate and undergraduate students in undertaking a strategy project with a business or not-for-profit to help restore or modify their business operations disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students complete a supervised project as a 16-week paid internship during which they gain valuable experience while the organization benefits from the strategic work accomplished.

Internships can commence immediately once a partner organization and student submit a project proposal and have been approved. Ideally, all projects will commence before September 1, 2020. Smith School of Business has been granted 65 internship positions and these will be awarded to approved projects on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition to Smith’s financial commitment to the Mitacs BSI, Smith is providing incremental funding and support to ensure that a portion of these projects focus on advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity, and indigeneity (EDII) strategies, given the disproportionate challenges and issues marginalized and equity-seeking groups face in business.

Intern working in a retail store

Process and Eligibility

Partner organization eligibility
  • Be a registered Canadian business
  • Be an incorporated Canadian Not-for-profit
Commitments from partner organizations:
  • Businesses and NFP’s must provide $2500 in funding to support an internship
  • Funding will be matched by Smith and Mitacs 3:1 for a $10,000 paid student internship
  • Business or NFP must co-submit an internship proposal with a student
  • Smith will match Faculty Advisors and Project Advisors to approved projects
  • Meet weekly with student (virtually ok) to update on progress and plan next steps
Details and Next steps:
  • Use the form to submit your interest for having an intern work with your business or NFP
  • You will receive an automated email with steps and links to post an internship at Smith using Quest (our student job board)
  • Students will apply to your internship opportunity through Quest
  • You will receive and review applications to select the desired student to work on your project
  • Students and/or Smith will help you connect with a Faculty Supervisor
  • You will co-submit a proposed internship for approval. Smith students will provide the 2 pager project proposal template upon being selected as the project intern.
  • Successful internships will be allocated on a first come first serve basis
  • Due to a maximum number of 65 Mitacs Internships, there is no guarantee submitted projects will receive funding from Mitacs for the internship project
  • For simplicity, funds will be paid to the student via Smith; therefore organizational partners need not set up the selected BSI interns as employees in their organization (i.e. no taxes, EI, CPP, etc. payments required)

For more information, please view the Mitacs BSI Toolkit.

For any further questions about the program, please contact Mitch Gudgeon at

Connect with an intern

By submitting the form below, you will receive further information about the program and details on how to post an internship for Smith students through Quest (our student job portal).