Experience Ventures

Memorial University of Newfoundland is pleased to be a partner in Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary.

Experience Ventures enables you to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

We believe entrepreneurial thinking isn’t limited to a personality type, a discipline, or to entrepreneurs alone. Instead, it's an accessible set of skills that everyone can leverage to make an impact, big or small, in any career. The hallmarks of entrepreneurial thinking – creativity, resiliency and future vision – will be critical factors to ensuring Canada’s success today, and tomorrow.

Why should you participate?

  • Apply in-class learning to the challenges and opportunities facing ventures; 
  • Develop your work-ready skills;
  • Network and meet industry leaders and employers;
  • Enhance your resume with a unique experience;
  • Receive compensation for your placement (up to $825).

Experience Ventures offers five different types of placements:

Experience type

Description

Hackathon

A one- to two-day event in which companies present students with real world challenges and ask them to provide innovative solutions.

Challenges

Over several weeks, students are expected will build out more complete solutions on a business, design, social, or community problem(s).

Projects

Companies will work with students one-on-one on specific project(s) over the course of a semester.

Interdisciplinary team

Teams of students from two or more disciplines work together during the semester on a project for a venture or a group of ventures.

Student-in-residence

Students will receive the unique opportunity to work with several companies over the course of a semester.

Students are paid through Experience Ventures while participating companies are asked to provide in-kind support, such as time or expertise.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student from any discipline and faculty who is:

  • Enrolled in any full- or part-time Undergraduate or Master's program of post-secondary study;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations;
  • Hasn't participated in an Experience Ventures placement in the previous Summer semester

Winter 2024 Opportunities

See available opportunities for winter 2024 below. [Additional placements to be added in the coming days]. Applications will be open until Wednesday, January 17, 2024 @ 4:30 pm, with placements potentially starting in January. NOTE: Applications and interviews maybe conducted as applications are submitted. 

Kierep - Content Editor Intern

MetaCrust - Cybersecurity

MetaCrust - Embedded Systems Programming

UNICONN - Data Maestro

UNICONN - Digital Event Creator

UNICONN - Front End Developer

Avalon Robotics - Content Specialist

Avalon Robotics - Market Research Specialist

Avalon Robotics - Business Development

BioLabMate - Marketing Research Assistant

SmartBin - Embedded Systems Intern

FAQ

What is the compensation?
The compensation is based on which placement you partake in. Please contact mceprograms@mun.ca for more detailed information.

Do I get academic credit for this experience?
An Experience Ventures opportunity is a short-term entrepreneurial thinking opportunity that can take many formats and should be related to what you’re studying. A placement is not officially tied to your curriculum and does not qualify as such.

How is this different from a job?
Experience Ventures offers short term paid entrepreneurial thinking placements. The length of each placement and payment terms will vary from school to school, so please contact Experience Ventures for more detailed information.

How is this different from a formal “Work Integrated Experience” like a co-op term?
A co-op term is officially a “Work Integrated Learning” experience, for which you get academic credit. An Experience Ventures opportunity is short-term, and can take many formats and should be related to what you are studying. A placement is not officially tied to your curriculum and does not qualify as such.

Can I still participate if no formal experiential learning is part of my program?
Yes, absolutely! As long as you meet the basic eligibility requirements, you can apply to Experience Ventures.

Can this lead to a part-time or full-time job?
Potentially! By participating in Experience Ventures, you’re taking a big step towards building your professional network and learning how to build relationships with different types of individuals in the innovation community. Networking and relationship-building are key success factors in looking for a full-time job after graduation.

Can I do more than one Experience Ventures placement?
No, the program is currently limited to one paid placement per student.

 

Experience Ventures is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative.