ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

The Mitacs BSI is a new program designed to offer real world experience for undergrad and graduate students through a 4-month internship with a business or not-for-profit organization that is experiencing challenges or disruptions due to Covid-19. Projects are aimed to help organizations thrive in a new economic environment by restoring or modifying business operations. Student will analyze opportunities and provide strategic support to help organizations adapt and grow their business during the Covid-19 pandemic.

PROGRAM DETAILS

In partnership with Canadian academic institutions, Mitacs is offering the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The BSI is a 4-month internship program designed to give students the opportunity to develop a strategic analysis for an organization to help restore or modify business operations in the new economic environment. Participating partner organizations will contribute $5,000 for a total award of $10,000 to be used towards a student stipend.

Throughout the internship, Mitacs provides professional development opportunities to students through our e-Campus, EDGE.

The BSI program aims to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply business concepts and theories to real-world scenarios.
  • Provide support to organizations that need additional assistance in modifying their business operations to adapt to the new economic reality.
  • Build students’ skills in communication, problem solving, innovation, resilience, managing complexity, navigating change, business continuity planning, and allow them to apply their education through an experiential learning opportunity.
  • Provide training and career opportunities for students by creating new connections with faculty, businesses, and communities.
  • Encourage collaborations and strengthen connections between industry and academic institutions.

STUDENT AND PARTNER ELIGIBILITY

Students must: 

  • Be registered at a participating Canadian academic institution
  • Not be a current, active participant in another Mitacs program

Please note:

  • International students qualify for this opportunity. Students must be living in Canada throughout the duration of their internship to participate in this program, and must hold a valid study permit and are legally able to work in Canada.
  • Recent graduates quality for this opportunity. To be eligible, students must have graduated within 3 months of the internship start date.

Partner organizations must: 

  • Be a corporation; or
  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit organization in Canada

*Important Note on Conflict of Interests
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

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form(s) between January 6 – January 11, 2021 to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

Approved internship proposals submitted by partner organizations will be posted online the week of January 11, 2021. Students will apply directly to partners, using the contact information supplied in the proposal. Partners will review student applications (and conduct interviews if applicable), and identify a match for their proposal. Students will prepare the Mitacs Application form with support of partner and academic supervisors. Once completed, the academic supervisor will submit the application to UnivRS for institutional approval. Once approved, the student submits the application to the Mitacs portal with sign-offs from both the partner and academic supervisors.

Key Highlights of the Mitacs BSI Program:

  • Students awarded a Mitacs BSI will receive a $10,000 stipend, and will analyze opportunities and provide strategic support to help organizations adapt and grow their business during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Internships begin May 1, 2021 and must not exceed 480 hours total: this works out to approximately 30 hours per week for 4 months. If part time hours are approved by the organization, internships can extend to a maximum of 6 months.
  • Each project requires supervision from a supervisor at the partner organization as well as an academic supervisor to oversee the work and the student. The partner organization will assign a business supervisor. Each student is responsible for confirming an academic supervisor prior to applying to the partner.
  • Internships will take place remotely, unless otherwise indicated by the partner organization. Following the match of student with partner, they will receive an On-Site Request Form, which is to be submitted by the partner to request on-site work approval. Agreement of the student is required.
  • Students who receive Mitacs BSI funding will receive payments directly from USask.

 Summary of Student Requirements:

Students must: 

  • Submit the Expression of Interest Form(s) (including resume and cover letter) directly to the partner organization(s) between January 6 – January 11, 2021.
  • Identify an academic supervisor to oversee the project on the Expression of Interest Form(s).
  • Complete the Mitacs BSI application. Once a partner and student match is made, the student will receive a Mitacs BSI application form. It is the student’s responsibility to fill out the application form, with feedback from both business and faculty supervisors. Once complete, the academic supervisor submits the student application into UnivRS for College and Institutional approval by January 22, 2021.
  • Upload the application in the Mitacs portal. Once the application is uploaded, the student invites the partner and supervisor for sign-off on the application by January 29, 2021.
  • Apply for ethics approval, if needed for the completion of the project. Please visit https://research.usask.ca/rei/researchers/human-ethics1/human-ethics.php for more information.
  • Meet weekly with their supervisors to report on the progress of their project. Virtual meetings are acceptable.
  • Deliver a final presentation to their academic supervisor and partner organization.
  • Complete a Mitacs Exit Survey and Final Report outlining their project experience. 

 Resources

Please come back soon to find a link to the Expression of Interest Form.

Please come back soon for resources on how to approach a faculty supervisor.

Students who are struggling to confirm an academic supervisor can contact Jaime Speed at rei.engagement@usask.ca to enquire if any faculty members in their college or department have indicated a willingness to supervise a Mitacs BSI project.

INFORMATION FOR PARTNERS

Please complete Mitacs BSI Partner Application by January 4, 2021 to be included in this exciting opportunity.

Proposals will be reviewed by the appropriate college to ensure the project meets the requirements of the program. Approved proposals will be posted online, and students will apply directly to partners, using the contact information supplied by the employer in their application. Partners review student applications (and conduct interviews if applicable), and identify a match for their proposal. Once a student has been confirmed, partners should contact Jaime Speed at rei.engagement@usask.ca for instructions on completing the application form for UnivRS and the Mitacs Portal.

Key Highlights of the Mitacs BSI Program:

  • Leverage $5,000 into a $10,000 student internship, and receive expertise from a student in your area to analyze opportunities and provide strategic support to help your organization adapt and grow during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The proposal will be reviewed by the University prior to submission to Mitacs. Internships submitted to Mitacs will then be evaluated by Mitacs to confirm eligibility with the program.
  • Internships begin May 1, 2021 and must not exceed 480 hours total: this works out to approximately 30 hours per week for 4 months. If part time hours are approved by the organization, internships can extend to a maximum of 6 months. Partners are welcome to apply with multiple project ideas wishing to take on multiple interns. To be considered, please submit a separate project application for each project idea with details outlining the individual internship activities.
  • International students qualify for this opportunity. Students must be living in Canada throughout the duration of their internship to participate in this program, and must hold a valid study permit and are legally able to work in Canada.
  • Recent graduates quality for this opportunity. To be eligible, students must have graduated within 3 months of the internship start date.
  • Each project requires supervision from a supervisor at the partner organization as well as an academic supervisor to oversee the work and the student. The student is responsible for confirming an academic supervisor prior to applying to the partner.
  • Internships will take place remotely, unless an On-Site Request Form is submitted by the partner. Once partners have indicated a student match for their proposal, they will receive the On-Site Request Form, which also requires agreement of the student.
  • If your application is approved by USask and Mitacs, Mitacs will invoice the company for payment. USask is responsible for the payment of students.

Summary of Partner Requirements:

Partner organizations must: 

  • Submit the Mitacs BSI Partner Application by January 4, 2021 or earlier, and be willing to work with the appropriate college if there is any feedback on the proposed internship.
  • Be willing to vet student applications through reviewing Expression of Interest Forms (which include a resume and cover letter) and/or conducting interviews during the period of January 12 to January 18, 2021, and communicate results to students.
  • Identify a student match by January 18, 2021 by emailing Jaime Speed at rei.engagement@usask.ca.
  • Be willing to supply feedback on Mitacs application, filled out by student.
  • Sign off on application in Mitacs portal, and provide invoicing information.
  • Appoint a supervisor or point person within the partner organization to oversee the work and the student.
  • Be willing to complete an exit survey supplied by Mitacs at the end of the program to report on skills developed and provide feedback on the program experience.
  • Be willing to support a research-based internship, with the understanding that the student intern may be managing a course load along with the hours of the internship.

INFORMATION FOR ACADEMIC SUPERVISORS

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

  • Providing feedback, if applicable, on Mitacs application form, prepared by student.
  • Submitting Mitacs application, prepared by student, in UnivRS for College and Institutional approval.
  • Signing off on the application in the Mitacs portal.
  • Meeting with the student weekly, or as necessary, throughout the duration of the internship.
  • Attending the final presentation delivered by the student to their academic supervisor and partner organization.
  • Completing a Mitacs Exit Survey.

MITACS

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 70 universities, 6,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Mitacs Logo

https://discover.mitacs.ca/business-strategy/

https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship

CONTACT

Please contact Jaime Speed at rei.engagement@usask.ca or (306) 966-8576 with any questions.

PROPOSALS

Proposals will be uploaded here on January 6, 2021.