Intrapreneurship Program

The alternative way of gaining 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 give students from underserved communities the ins-and-out of small and medium 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
We challenge you to build your networking skills by engaging with your employer.
Unlock Training opportunities
As you start working on your project, you’ll have the option to dive into up to 20 hours of entrepreneurial skills training designed for innovation projects to help you feel prepared to contribute to your future career.
Submit your Project
You’ll gain valuable feedback about your work. When you finish up your project, and you’ll present it to your employer and once it’s complete, you get paid by VFC!
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We designed our program to diversify the entrepreneurial landscape.
A full-time enrolled at a Canadian Post-Secondary
Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee
Residing in any Canadian Province
Identify as a member of an underserved community, BIPOC, a newcomer to Canada, a person with disabilities, a women studying in STEM fields, and/or a student living in a rural/non-urban community
All Canadian students are encouraged to apply.
Please note: international students are not eligible for the program. Read more below in our details section.
International Students
International students are an underserved community; due to restrictions, you are not eligible. Check out Alberta's Externship or Fellowship.
Projects
You can access 30, 50, or 70 hour-long projects, all completed over a 7-week period. Or between 4-10 hours per week. New projects available monthly.
Payment
VFC pays you a stipend at the end of your project. It's calculated based on the project time commitment (30, 50 or 70 hours).
Stipend for Barrier to access
We have an additional stipend for individuals who have barriers to access programs like the Intrapreneurship program. Check back in early August.
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