$10,000 Award Unites Business Operators And Business Students

June 25, 2020

In partnership with the Gustavson School of Business, Mitacs is launching the Business Strategy Internship program. The award will provide $10,000 per student to interested undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a 12-16 week strategic project with a small or medium sized company (SME).

Projects will be structured to undertake a strategic analysis of an SME to help them restore or modify their business operations in a new business environment disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benefits for Employers

  • Support for your company in the creation of a strategic plan to modify your business operations to adapt and succeed in the new economic reality and into the future.
  • Students are supervised by a Gustavson Faculty member that will guide and mentor the student throughout the strategic analysis and project delivery.
  • Students are supervised by an Internship Coordinator that will support the employer and the student’s education throughout the experiential learning opportunity.
  • Access to potential future employees already knowledgeable of the existing complexities of our business community and ready to provide solutions for continued economic success.


  • Small to medium sized companies (SME’s) with less than 500 full-time employees.
  • Identification of a project designed to address one or more business strategy components such as marketing strategy, operations strategy, finance strategy, human resources strategy, supply chain strategy, etc.
  • Commitment of $2,500, Gustavson School of Business providing $2,500 and MITACS providing $5,000 for each internship award.
  • Summer Internships: July 2 – September 4th full time and part time through early Fall for a total of 12-16 weeks.
  • Fall Internships: 12-16 weeks, full time starting no later than August 31st

Contact Marguerite Casey-Wolnicki at mcasey@uvic.ca for further questions, project guidelines, and project submission.

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