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MMIE 908

Corporate Innovation

Master of Management in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Call for Project Partners

The Corporate Innovation Internship is an opportunity for your organization to access some of Canada’s newest and most innovative talent. Students will develop a customized solution to a business challenge using design thinking, opportunity scanning, venture development, strategic planning, and innovation management techniques.

Process & Timeline

Dec - Jan

Complete a project proposal

  • Interested organizations are asked to submit an online project proposal.
  • Projects will be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Director.
Jan - Feb

Match with a team & agree to a project plan

  • Project proposals will be shared with students, who will connect with partner organizations.
  • Students and partner organizations will agree to terms on a project plan.
Feb - Jun

Project execution

  • Student teams will work on deliverables outlined in the project plan, communicating with the partner organization as needed.

Partner Benefits

  • Access top talent from Smith's MMIE program
  • Leverage student knowledge and expertise to solve a business challenges
  • Receive a customized solution to a current business challenge
  • Strengthen relationships with Smith students and faculty
  • Elevate your organization's visibility at Smith
  • No financial commitment requirement from corporate partners

Partner Requirements

  • The organization must have a well-defined, managerial business problem or challenge.
  • The organization must assign a dedicated person to liaise with the student.

Past projects have included:

  • Market validation, entry and positioning
  • Systems modelling
  • Lean implementation planning and execution
  • Building, testing and iterating prototypes
  • Digital marketing strategies
  • Developing product development protocols
  • Producing commercialization strategies

Ready to get involved?

Complete and submit the following project proposal. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Nick Gregg, Experiential Learning Advisor.

Briefly describe your organization and activities.

The problem or challenge that this project will seek to address.

Provide a description (3-5 sentences) of the proposed project as it relates to the problem or challenge.

What do you hope this project achieves? List any deliverables, goals and objectives.

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