Intrapreneurship Program

The alternative way of gaining virtual, paid work experience; contribute to innovating a small business by working on a 7-week project.

Short-term experience you can’t get in the classroom.

A Flexible Approach

Build towards your entrepreneurial future by gaining experience on your own time. Design your work schedule to complete the project you select over 7-weeks, so you’ll still have time for school, part-time jobs or extracurriculars.

Paid Skills Development

Not part of a co-op program? No problem. Build your resume with professional experience and get paid for it regardless of the discipline you’re studying. Put your skills to work and test and develop new ones while solving a real challenge.

An Insider Look

Get a lay of the entrepreneurial land without committing to a job. You’ll gain insights into the small and medium businesses’ structures, projects and culture in no time.
Get your foot in the innovation door and get paid for it, through a program designed to show students the ins-and-outs of small and medium-sized businesses by solving innovation challenges.
Submit a Two-Step application
We want to learn more about you. Submit the two-step application and tell us about yourself. We’re looking for students eager for experience, skill building and networking opportunities.
Match to a Project
Once we review your application, we’ll confirm your participation and match you to one of our projects posted by our small business partners. We match you to a project based on the skills and education you listed on your application.
Review Your Project
Once you’re matched, we’ll confirm your start date. You’ll login to your project platform to review the details of the project. Depending on availability, you may work as an individual or in a group of students.
Work While You Network
You'll build your networking skills by engaging 1x1 with your company, and collaborating with your project teammates.
Unlock Training Opportunities
You'll start working on your project, you’ll have the option to dive into up to 20 hours of entrepreneurial skills training designed to support innovation projects and to help you feel prepared for your future career.
Submit Your Project
You’ll gain valuable feedback about your work when presenting your finished project to your company. Once is complete, you get paid by VFC!
Do Another Project
Interested in gaining more paid experience with a different small business and project? Once you finish your first project, we'll invite you to participate again!
Win an Innovation Award
You could win an impact award for all your hard work. Check out the Details section below.
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Is this program for you?
A full-time enrolled at a Canadian Post-Secondary
Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee
Residing in any Canadian Province
All students are welcome to participate. We want to include as many young people as possible, so we’ve intentionally designed the program to support students who identify as members of underserved communities, including: BIPOC, newcomers to Canada, people with disabilities, women studying in STEM fields, students living in rural/non-urban communities
Please note: international students are not eligible for the program. Read more below in our details section.
You can work on up to two projects at once per cohort. Let us know on your application if this is something you'd like to do.
We recognize that international students are an underserved community; however, due to Funder restrictions, you are not eligible. Check out Alberta's Externship or Fellowship.
Projects are up to 70 hours, and are completed over a 7 week period. New projects kick-off at the start of every month.
VFC will pay you a stipend of up to $1,120 ($16.00/hour rate) at the end of your project completion, and it will be calculated based on the project hours you work.
An additional $120 accessibility bursary stipend is available to support childcare or technology needs.
To showcase your hard work, we offer the Intrapreneurship Innovation Awards to students that participate in awesome projects, and continue to showcase their excellence through a new challenge! You'll win $3000 for the first prize, and $1000 for second and third prize! Your achievements will be showcased across VFC's national network of employers, students and community members, simply by nominating yourself.
As a team, nominate yourselves via a form by telling us a bit about your Innovation project and be featured on our website and socials. All nominations must be submitted before March 18th. In March 2022, VFC will be sending a follow-up question for you to answer. Then we'll select and connect with the winners.
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