Information for students

Mitacs Business Strategy Internship (MBSI) program

Eligibility requirements

Students must:

  • Be an active (registered or continuing) Haskayne undergraduate or graduate student through the entire duration of the internship.
  • Not currently participating in another program funded by Mitacs.


Students must:

  • Adhere to confidentiality policies set by the employer
  • Arrange to meet (in-person or virtually) monthly with their Haskayne Internship Advisor and employer supervisor to report on the progress of their project. Additional meetings may be required.
  • Meet (in-person or virtually) with supervisor weekly to report on progress of their project
  • Inform the Internship Advisor of any concerns or problems immediately with their assignments or working environment
  • Complete and submit a final report during the last week of their internship that summarizes the work completed during the internship  
  • Complete an exit survey at the end of the program to report on skills developed and to provide feedback on their program experience


  • Participate in online training activities provided through EDGE (Mitacs’ learning management system)

Student application guide

To submit your application for job postings that are part of the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship (MBSI) program, you must apply on CareerLink. Jobs qualified under this program in the Spring/Summer terms will be posted in the “MBSI” category, starting January 5, 2021.

You will need to submit your résumé and a one-page letter addressing the statements outlined below. Please keep in mind that these letters will be viewed by employers, and should be written in a professional manner.

You can format your one-page response similar to a traditional cover letter by including a header, date, contact name, address and job title. Your responses should not exceed one page in length with standard size font Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman (size 11). For sample cover letters, please visit CareerLink and select “Career Resources” under the “Haskayne (HSB) Career Centre” tab.

  1. Statement of interest: One paragraph describing how participating in this business strategy internship will benefit your academic studies and future career (E.g. identification of new business connections or directions, experiential skills acquisition, potential for further collaboration domestically or globally, benefit to community, etc.)
  2. Statement of competitiveness: One to two paragraphs describing your strengths, skills and experiences, as they are relevant to the position and why the role or company is a fit for you.
  3. Statement of eligibility: You must provide a statement that you are eligible to apply and accept a MBSI job. The statement should include all of the eligibility requirements listed below. Your application will not be accepted if you do not meet the eligibility requirements.

Students must:

  • Be a current Haskayne undergraduate or graduate student
  • Not currently participating in another Mitacs program

To enhance your résumé, check out our VMock Smart Résumé Platform, exclusive to Haskayne students at the University of Calgary. If you need support with your application, you can book a virtual career coaching appointment on CareerLink or contact one of our career development specialists. We anticipate Mitacs Business Strategy Internship postings to be filled quickly and will have shorter deadlines than typical job postings, so make sure to check CareerLink often.

After you apply

  • We will forward the employer your application after the posting closes
  • The employer will contact you if you are selected for the hiring process
  • The employer will inform us and the student once selected for their internship
  • If selected, the employer will coordinate the onboarding process directly with you
  • Haskayne's Career Development Specialists/Internship Advisors will reach out to students selected for internships to provide more information and support during the internships.

Student FAQs

All Haskayne Business School graduate and undergraduate students (both domestic and international) who are registered and returning in the Fall 2021 term are eligible for this program. Students must be living in Canada throughout the duration of their internship to participate in this program. Students may only participate in one Mitacs employment program. Those participating in another Mitacs program are not eligible.

Yes, international students qualify for this program, but there are restrictions. International BComm and MBA students are allowed to work full-time during the summer (May to August) and up to 20 hours per week during Fall and Winter terms. Other international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week throughout the year. The majority of MBSI internships will require 30+ hours a week throughout the Winter term. A combination of part-time hours in the Winter and full-time hours in the Spring/Summer may be accommodated, provided the internship offers a minimum of 450 hours of work total. These accommodations are at the discrepancy of the employer. International students must reside in Canada during the internship.

Yes, an internship through the MBSI program can be used as a Co-op work term if it meets the requirements. For any questions about this, Co-op students can consult with an undergraduate career development specialist.

Yes, this is a requirement of any Co-op work term.

No, unlike the Co-op program, participating in an MBSI internship does not automatically maintain full-time student status. For more information on full-time and part-time student status, undergraduate students, click here; graduate students, click here.

All MBSI positions will be posted on CareerLink under the "MBSI" category. MBSI postings will typically be open on CareerLink for two weeks, students should apply to open postings as soon as possible and check back to CareerLink regularly for new opportunities. Eligible students should submit their applications directly through CareerLink. See the Student Application Guide for more information.

No, the application (résumé and one-pager) you submit is for both the program and the internship position.

No, you need to apply for a position as you do for other positions. The businesses will select a student for the internship position.

You need to submit an application for each internship position you are interested in.

In its second round, the MBSI program will fund 50 positions for January starts and another 50 for May starts, for a total of 100 positions.

Every internship facilitated by this program will be approximately 450 to 480 hours in duration (e.g. this could be approximately 30 hours per week for 15 to 16 weeks, or part-time hours in the winter and increase to 37.5 hours per week during the summer to reach the total hours). Depending on a student’s internship start date and their hours worked per week, they can complete their hourly requirement in the Winter academic term on a part-time basis, if needed.

If an internship is longer than 480 hours, it is up to the employer to fund the remainder of the internship. Employers can also make additional fund applications for multiple student hires.

Once a student is committed into an MBSI position, University of Calgary will pay $10,000 to each student in installments over the course of their internship. Typically, students will be paid $2,500 each month for four months. However, there are variations depending on individual circumstances.

Each student will receive $10,000 per internship from the MBSI program, as long as they complete their internship, including the final report and exit survey.

For-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as municipalities across Canada can apply to participate and receive funding through this program. Except municipalities, publicly funded organizations such as provincial governments and post-secondary institutions are not eligible employers under this program. For more information, please visit the Information for Employers page.

Yes. Students can encourage prospective employers to review the program’s eligibility requirements and apply for funding through the application portal on the Hunter Centre website.

Yes, as long as your current internship finishes before the Mitacs Business Strategy Internship begins.