Entrepreneurial Work Term and Internships
The Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE) Entrepreneurial Work Term (EWT) and Entrepreneurial Internship (EI) program gives students an opportunity to fully focus on their startups for an entire semester with a tremendous support network around them. These positions are open to any undergraduate or graduate students across Memorial University with an idea for a business or new venture.
Program details are below. Click HERE to apply.
About the Program
The EWT/EI is MCE’s flagship program. Its intent is to allow students to make their startup their primary focus for an entire semester, allowing students to rapidly accelerate their progress. The program includes:
- A $6,000 award that you can employ any way you desire (i.e. you can put it into your startup or use it for personal expenses);
- After hours access to MCE’s coworking space;
- Weekly mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs;
- Weekly group peer coaching sessions with your fellow EWT/EI students;
- Hands-on support in applying for additional funding or applying to other support programs;
- Participation in MCE’s “Startup School” to build your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge;
- Invitation to exclusive MCE events featuring successful members of the entrepreneurship community;
- Free participation in the Genesis Centre’s Evolution program for any technology-related startups.
*Please note that MCE does not take an equity stake or any form of payment from your startup. Everything here is 100% free to students.
This program is open to all active students of Memorial University. The following are requirements for program eligibility:
- You must have an existing idea for a startup. You would ideally have already have done some work on this idea in advance, for example by performing research or conducting some customer interviews. We want to see evidence that you are fully dedicated to this idea. (Book a meeting with one of our coaches to get help on how to demonstrate this.)
- You must be enrolled for no more than one course for the Spring/Summer 2023 semester. This is because the intent of the program is to make your startup your primary focus.
- For individuals seeking to receive academic credit for this position as a university Work Term, you will need approval from your department to participate in the program. You must not, however, seek this approval in advance of applying to the MCE.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, please feel free to reach out to one of our startup coaches with questions at any time.
How to apply?
Click HERE to apply.
You can apply at any time, and we review applications on a weekly basis. You may even apply a semester in advance if you so desire.
It is NEVER too early to apply. Even if you’re not sure if you are advanced enough in your idea, apply and get the conversation started. All applicants will receive a meeting with our selection committee. If you are not yet ready for the EWT/EI program, we will offer you coaching and guidance to help you get there.
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!
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.