Pivoting from bones to bread during COVID-19

Across Canada, businesses and organizations grappling with the impact of COVID-19 are getting support from an unexpected resource: top local business students.

Thanks to the recently launched Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program, Mitacs helps match students from top schools with employers looking for support to manage and grow their operations in an environment disrupted by the pandemic.

Mitacs launches new innovation opportunity for Indigenous students and businesses

Vancouver, BC — Indigenous post-secondary students and businesses in Canada can now gain greater access to Mitacs’s programs thanks to a new funding opportunity that reduces the cost of participation.

If your academic institution has already confirmed participation in the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program, please check with them to understand the application submission process, timelines, and adjudication criteria.

All submitted applications are reviewed twice: first, by the academic institution, followed by a Mitacs review for eligibility and completeness. You will be notified if your application is ineligible or incomplete.

*Important Note *
Mitacs will not approve an application if any of the Conflict of Interests (COIs) listed below are true for the intern/academic supervisor. No exceptions will be made.

If the intern/academic supervisor is:

  • An owner or a co-owner (including owning shares) of the partner organization
  • A relative of an owner or co-owner (including owning shares) or a relative of a participant in the day to day management of the partner organization
  • A current employee of and/or a participant in the day-to-day management of the partner organization 
  • A relative of the intern, academic and/or partner supervisors of the proposed project

Academic institution:

The academic institution acts as a partner in program administration and delivery.

The academic institution is responsible for: 

  • Managing a call for project proposals to their students and industry network
  • Reviewing applications for quality and eligibility
  • Submitting a list of approved student projects to Mitacs 
  • Signing off on the projects submitted to Mitacs
  • Completing and returning the Mitacs Financial Report 

Student:

The student leads the project from application to execution.

The student is responsible for: 

  • Designing a four-month (16-week) project proposal in collaboration with a partner organization
  • Identifying an academic supervisor to oversee the project
  • Submitting the proposal through Mitacs’s online application system
  • Signing off on the project proposal
  • Delivering a final presentation to their academic supervisor and partner organization
  • Completing an Mitacs Exit Survey and Final Report outlining their project experience 

Academic supervisor:

The academic supervisor provides oversight and support to the student over the course of the project.
 
The academic supervisor is responsible for: 

  • Submitting their contact information through Mitacs’s online application system
  • Signing off on the student project proposal
  • Completing a Mitacs Exit Survey

Partner organization:

The partner organization provides guidance and mentorship to the student intern.
 
The partner organization is responsible for: 

  • Providing $5,000 in funding to contribute to the student stipend
  • Working with the student to develop an innovative project that responds to current business needs
  • Submitting their contact information through Mitacs’s online application system
  • Signing off on the student project proposal
  • Completing a Mitacs Exit Survey

Mitacs

Mitacs designs and delivers the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program by providing program materials and templates, processing payment, and collecting final reporting data.

Mitacs is responsible for:

  • Reviewing all submitted project proposals for eligibility and completeness
  • Providing participants with an Outcome Letter and an Award Letter
  • Providing materials required for the release of the award

*Important Note *
Mitacs will not approve an application if any of the Conflict of Interests (COIs) listed below are true for the intern/academic supervisor. No exceptions will be made.

If the intern/academic supervisor is:

  • An owner or a co-owner (including owning shares) of the partner organization
  • A relative of an owner or co-owner (including owning shares) or a relative of a participant in the day to day management of the partner organization
  • A current employee of and/or a participant in the day-to-day management of the partner organization 
  • A relative of the intern, academic and/or partner supervisors of the proposed project

Mitacs Privacy Policy 

All personal information collected as part of the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship program application and administration is subject to privacy legislation and the Mitacs Privacy Policy. Please see www.mitacs.ca/en/privacy-policy for a description of Mitacs’s commitment to protect the personal information provided by program participants. 

Information supplied as part of an application to the BSI program will be made available to Mitacs staff responsible for reviewing the application, administering and monitoring the program, compiling statistics, and evaluating the program. 

Federal government invests $40M in Mitacs to create 5,000 new internships

Ottawa, ON — Today the Government of Canada announced a $40 million investment in the future of Canadian innovation that will support students through Mitacs internships. The funding will provide 5,000 new internship opportunities for college and university students across Canada.

Business Strategy Internships connect business students with small businesses during COVID-19

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs has launched a new summer program, the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship, to stimulate Canada’s economic recovery in the COVID-19 era; the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business (UBC Sauder) is the first academic partner.

Mitacs links companies, organizations, networks, researchers for COVID-19 solutions

Vancouver, BC — From improving masks to developing a vaccine, Mitacs is rapidly deploying resources to mobilize Canadian researchers to develop solutions to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In response to the Government of Canada’s and provinces’ announcements of funding for coronavirus research, Mitacs’s nationwide team of 80 business development experts are available to connect businesses and not-for-profit organizations with talent, equipment, and expertise in the post-secondary education system to develop innovative solutions.