Entrepreneurial Work Term and Internships
Be your own boss on your next work term!
The Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) is looking for applications for a limited number of Entrepreneurial Work Term (EWT) and Entrepreneurial Internships (EI) positions. Our EWT/IN positions are available to undergraduate and graduate students alike.
We are tempted to leave this section blank as it is completely up to you to decide what your “job” looks like. To help make it more tangible, here is an example of a typical day in the life of a student on an Entrepreneurial Work Term or Entrepreneurial Internship:
- Pick your own start time.
- Get your to-do list ready and catch up on emails.
- Speak with customers, mentors or other people in your network.
- Work on the solution to a problem you are passionate about.
- Respond to some urgent situation that pops up.
- End your day with a sense of accomplishment.
Let’s talk about you
This “job” might be for you if:
You like solving problems. You have a need to express your creative ideas, make an impact on the world or build things and solutions that matter.
You think on your feet. You are hard-working and like learning every day. You figure things out as you go because no-one has gone there before. When things change or you face obstacles, you know how to roll with the punches.
Above all, you believe you can build something from nothing. And we believe so too.
Let’s talk about us
We’re here to help you do your thing. We have a limited amount of funded EWT and EI positions worth $4,500 for each semester.
Additionally, the following support is available:
- Each team will receive weekly mentorship, and supervision, in addition to support for writing funding applications and other entrepreneurial support program applications;
- Each student will be required to register ($200) and participate in the Genesis Evolution program.
Entrepreneurial Work Term or Entrepreneurial Internship?
Entrepreneurial Work Term: You have a business idea that you want to pursue and you would like to have an entrepreneurial work term so you can get paid to work on your idea. Or, you already started a business and you want help taking it to the next level! This opportunity is available for students in co-op degree programs at Memorial University.
Entrepreneurial Internship: You have a business idea that would like to be paid to work on during an academic semester and your program doesn’t offer a work term option? We want to talk with you! This opportunity is available for students in non-co-op degree programs at Memorial University. The Entrepreneurial Internship is an extra-curricular opportunity that does not provide academic credit toward your degree.
Entrepreneurial Work Term and Entrepreneurial Internship in a specific sector (e.g. Health): You will “job shadow” various professionals from this sector for 5-10 days and come up with different business ideas by observing and asking lots of questions. Your objective is to begin the process of starting a business that solves a real-world problem in this sector. You may have an idea for this specific sector but you don’t need one. Right now we are only offering this option in the Health sector.
We know you want to apply
Application dates for the 2020 Spring/Summer Semester:
Applications are currently open and will remain open until all available positions have been filled. Space is limited.
- All applicants must abide by other MCE entrepreneurial work term policies which will be made available during the offer and shouldn't accept the position if they are unable to abide by those policies.
How to apply?
Please make sure to have the following documents completed before starting your application below:
- A one-minute video pitch, uploaded to youtube as an unlisted (not private) video OR a one-minute audio-only file explaining your interest in entrepreneurship and describing your business. Selfie smartphone videos and recordings are acceptable
- A one-page cover letter, focus on convincing us that you are really motivated to pursue this EWT / EI
- A fully completed Lean Canvas
We strongly suggest that you check-in with your co-op office prior to applying for an EWT placement
Please Note: even if you submit your application through MCE's website, your application will not be eligible unless you have also applied through your Coop office.
Successful applicants will be invited for an interview after which a funded or unfunded EWT/ EI offer will be extended based on the recommendation of the selection committee.
If you require assistance with your application, or you are looking to do an EWT / EI down the road, book a meeting with one of us!
EWT / EI funding is subject to the discretion of the selection committee and an exceptional application.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to start something, How do I find an idea?
Think outside the box. Find a real problem and a solution that solves that unique problem. Focus on something you would love to do (because entrepreneurship is never the easiest path so it’s better to make it fun). Also, target something that has the potential to be bigger than NL (and Canada) because this is the ideal time for you to take some risks. Bigger risks equal larger potential rewards. The idea might have something to do with your schoolwork, research, or, it might be completely unrelated.
Should I be worried about my start-up failing?
Let’s think about the worst-case scenario here: you start a business during an entrepreneurial semester, and the business fails. Your left with a ton of learning and experience and you are back in school, right where you left off. That’s a pretty good worst-case scenario. And in the best case… well, that just depends on how big you can dream.