Can I (intern or academic supervisor) participate in the program if there is a conflict of interest?

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

Where can I access the BSI application form?

Business schools, students, academic supervisors and organizations interested in applying to the BSI program should connect directly with their local academic institution to find out if they have committed to participating in the program.

When should projects start?

Before work on the project starts, Mitacs needs to receive funds from the partner organization. Students should not start working on their project until after they receive their Outcome Letter.

Is it possible to have multiple students per proposal?

No. Because this is a student-led program, each student should submit their own project proposal. Academic supervisors can oversee more than one project as their schedule allows.

Should academic institutions submit projects all at once or as they are approved?

It is up to the academic institution to decide the process for submitting the list of projects to Mitacs.  To expedite the payment process, we recommend submitting projects as they are approved.

Can academic supervisors supervise more than one internship?

Yes, if the supervisor has enough time in their schedule to manage multiple internships, there is no limit to the number of internships they can support.

Can students do this program part-time?

The internship is 4 months (16 weeks) in duration but can be stretched over 6 months (24 weeks) to accommodate the student’s other responsibilities.

What academic institutions can use the program?

Universities must be Full, Associate, or Honourary partners of Mitacs. Colleges/CEGEPs must be a provincially or territorially recognized PSE degree granting institution.

Are international students eligible?

Yes, this program can support international students registered at a participating academic institution. Academic institutions are considered employers of the intern and should determine any eligibility issues regarding visa restrictions prior to submitting the project to Mitacs. 

Due to COVID-19, in-person check-ins with academic supervisors may be difficult to complete. Are virtual check-ins acceptable?

For any Business Strategy Internship occurring over Summer and Fall 2020, virtual interactions are recommended.


If you have any questions about the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program, please email the Business Strategy Internship team