Mitacs Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.
Later this year, Mitacs Accelerate will begin accepting applications with eligible not-for-profit partners. Details to follow.
Frequently Asked accelerate Questions
Mitacs works to connect industry with the most appropriate university expertise to solve challenges identified by the company. With the large number of potential interns seeking industrial partners, Mitacs cannot offer individualized matching to a particular researcher however, you can consult our suggestions as to how to go about finding a partner company.
Normally interns are expected to spend at least 50% of their internship with the company at their site(s). If your host company is in a remote location or there are other unique circumstances that challenge the interaction, you may request flexibility for a lower ratio of interaction with the company. Please consult with your business development representative while writing your proposal.
Although Mitacs does not have any restrictions, many other granting agencies do not allow fellowship and studentship recipients to hold certain grants concurrently. Please check with the relevant council or agency for current information regarding your specific grant prior to applying.
The vast majority of Mitacs Accelerate Internships are funded in part by the national IRDI program, which limits industrial partners to privately owned or incorporated for-profit Canadian companies. In some regions, there may be additional funding from other sources to support a limited number of partnerships with not-for-profit or government entities. Please contact a Business Development representative in your region to determine if such funding is available.
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Benefits for universities and interns
- Real-world exposure: interns and faculty apply the latest tools and innovations to real issues.
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My Mitacs-Accelerate internship gave me a unique opportunity to undertake a research project in industry. The project was not only relevant to my research interests but also in the immediate interest of the industrial partner. The internship helped me to gain an appreciation of the research problems in the industry and their significance. Additionally, it helped me to expand my network and help others expand theirs. Finally, I encourage both companies and students alike to use this unique opportunity to pursue technical challenges and above all, build fruitful relationships that will last for a long time.