Give the next generation of entrepreneurial Albertans the inside track.

The VFC Externship helps leading startups enrich Alberta’s innovation ecosystem by exposing teams of interdisciplinary student volunteers from local colleges and universities to real-world business challenges.

Grow Alberta
Experience is hands down the best teacher. The students who get to learn by seeing and doing gain confidence, a track record, and a chance to plant roots in Alberta. Want to strengthen Alberta's core by investing in the next generation of workers? Start here.
Build your network
Your VFC Externs are members of a large, innovative, and perpetually expanding community of Canadian entrepreneurs, companies, and government agencies. Welcome to a family that never tires of talking innovation and doesn’t think it’s rude to discuss business at the table.
Energy boost
VFC candidates are vetted, committed, and trained. You may find participating in our four week Externships an inexpensive way to meet your next bright star. The process improves your current resources too–the Externship Mentor Lead(s) you specify receive VFC leadership training.
120 hrs
20 hrs
4 weeks

Fast, flexible, impact.

A collaborative project framing process, VFC is there to support employers and students at every stage.

Eligibility & Application
The application includes a project proposal template, including key dates, student learning objectives, and competencies students will develop. We review applications regularly and will let you know whether your project has been approved or if we can provide feedback to evolve it.
Clarification & Commitment
Upon approval, we’ll set up a 1:1 call to answer any questions, align expectations, and secure your commitment with a signed agreement.
Approved projects will be uploaded to the project site and made visible to eligible students. VFC supports employers and students through the matching process. And you’ll choose a representative from your org to mentor the students during the 4-week project.
Setting project parameters
Students review available opportunities and apply. Once your project is approved we'll communicate via our project platform. You select the number of spots available and how many team members should be working on a project.
Mentor & Career Coaching
The mentor will facilitate w weekly check-in with their student team to set expectations, a timeline, work plan and roles/responsibilities. They will also assist students in arranging career coaching opportunities within the organization. Bonus: your Externs are equipped. VFC provides students with additional training to augment their professional skills, including time management goal setting and career coaching.
Project Feedback & Review
You determine how the project is presented and who from your organization will participate in the review. VFC will provide the assessment rubric.
After a quick exit survey, we assess the learning outcomes, satisfaction, and benefits derived from the project. You'll be awarded a badge for your LinkedIn page and or website showcasing your commitment to mentorship and local talent development.

Are a team of Externs right for you?

Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria:

Business must operate in AB

Starts up or SMEs with 10-250 employees

Your company or industry is exploring new ideas and is interested in new/student perspectives on some aspects of your work

Must commit to attending an onboarding

Must select a mentor and company represented

Must be willing to provide opportunities for coffee chats with employees. Minimum of 1 one-on-one for each student

Complete student assessments (template provided) for each student following the final presentation and the VFC evaluation.

SMEs have been impacted the most by the pandemic. This has also meant more barriers and fewer WIL opportunities for students; this innovative program by Venture for Canada, in partnership with BHER, will connect soon-to-be graduates with Alberta’s entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses to help them respond, recover, and grow.
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