Please note: the Business Strategic Internship (BSI) is now open nationally. Please contact a Business Development representative if you are unsure of your specific situation or if you have any questions.  


The Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program is offered in partnership with Mitacs’s academic partner institutions. 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).

Academic institutions must be one of the following:

Interns must: 

  • be a registered college, undergraduate, graduate student or postdoctoral researcher at a Canadian academic institution
  • not be a current, active participant in another Mitacs program
  • can be from any discipline or faculty
  • can be part-time students that meet the following criteria:
    • they have student status at the academic institution for the duration of the internship
    • they are covered under the institution’s insurance, the same as full-time students
    • the institution can pay the intern a salary or stipend from the Mitacs grant
    • the intern can commit to the project for the appropriate duration (BSI internships are four months and may be spread over up to six months to accommodate other commitments) 

Academic supervisors must be one of the following:  

  • a faculty member at a participating Canadian university who is eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding; or
  • a faculty member or appropriate research staff at a participating Canadian college/CEGEP/polytechnic with a signed Mitacs Funding Agreement

In addition to the eligible academic supervisors listed on the application, additional academic staff may be involved in the day-to-day management of the internship, including mentoring the intern. This supervision should be described in the text of the proposal.  

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 the Business Development representative for your region to check eligibility for NFP partners prior to application or if you have any questions about the eligibility criteria listed above.

*Important note *
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. Please visit the Mitacs Conflict of Interest Policy for more information. 

If a 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. 

To learn more about the program, visit the How to apply tab.