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Student Work-Integrated Learning Fellowship

What is the Student Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Fellowship?

This Canada-wide program is designed to give 400 Canadian post-secondary students the experience they need to navigate the future of work.

Talented students will be matched with scaling ventures in the MaRS ecosystem for an intensive four-month work term, allowing them to develop their skills in a hands-on setting.

Who can apply?

The Student Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Fellowship is a three-year initiative — developed by MaRS Studio Y and Employment & Social Development Canada — that is open to all students currently enrolled in post-secondary education. However, in order to foster a diverse workplace, focus will be placed on attracting people of all ages from underrepresented groups including:

  • Female students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields
  • Recent immigrants;
  • Indigenous youth; and
  • First-year students.

The fellowship curriculum

MaRS has identified four key industry sectors for the Student Work-Integrated Learning Fellowship: health; energy & environment; finance & commerce; and work & learning. The program will provide eligible students with employment experiences in these areas, focusing specifically on STEM, as well as non-technical business roles in sales and marketing.

In addition to facilitating placements in scaling ventures, Studio Y will guide the students through a curriculum that helps build 21st century skills and mindsets, so they can successfully compete in the innovation economy.


Startup employers

Are you interested in learning more about hosting a student internship? For further information, contact:

Ventures that have already signed up to give students opportunities include Nanoleaf, ecobee, Top Hat and Wealthsimple.

Universities and colleges

Do you want to ensure that students on your campus have access to this program? Find out more about partnering with us by contacting:


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