External Opportunities

We encourage fellow co-op students to attend conferences and competitions around the world. These are great opportunities to meet with employers, practise communication skills, and gain valuable job-related experience. Below are some great opportunities for students. Many of these events do charge a participant fee and would require travel to attend. However, UTSC offers assistance to students who apply to the Academic Travel Fund.

Academic Travel Fund Deadlines:

  1. Round 1 – October
  2. Round 2 – January
  3. Round 3 – March
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Awards Program are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. If you would like to gain research work experience that complements your studies in an academic setting, these awards can provide you with financial support through your host university. NSERC encourages qualified Aboriginal students to apply to this program.
  • L’Oreal Brandstorm competition
  • Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference
  • Microsoft Imagine Cup: Digital Media and IT Challenges
  • Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematical Challenge is held in November and serves as a qualifying competition in order to compete at the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad
  • StartingBloc Institutes for Social Innovation work to educate, inspire and connect emerging leaders across sectors t to create new solutions to global challenges. Through the StartingBloc Fellowship, our leadership development program, we expose top students and young professionals to the principles, models, and creative process of social innovation.
  • Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention is an annual event in October including keynote speakers, breakout sessions, competitions, and networking opportunities for women in business.
  • Taking place in University of Waterloo, the Impact Expo is a conference attracting over 2000 students featuring case study competitions, keynote speakers and more.
  • Apex Conference takes place in March and bridges the gap between business education and professional excellence. Through the experience of seasoned professionals, APEX aims to make a meaningful contribution to the development of human capital of Canada’s future business leaders. In particular, APEX focuses on improving essential soft skills, which are not typically taught within the classroom setting.
  • Recognized as Canada’s Premier Youth Entrepreneurship Conference, the Impact National conference attracts 500 of the top high school and post-secondary students from across Canada.
  • Rotman Commerce SIFE adVenture Business Plan Competition 2011 is a brand new initiative with ambition to become the most prestigious and rewarding contest among all Rotman Commerce clubs. If you ever dreamt about starting your own business or you want to challenge your entrepreneurial spirit, this should be your adventure! It includes workshops, competition, mentorship opportunities, and prizes!
  • University of Waterloo Accounting Conference takes place in Waterloo at the beginning of May.
  • Registration opens for Endeavour 2011 Case Competition is a consulting case competition in June where you can compete as a participant or have the option of registering as a
  • Impact Apprentice is a hands-on competition in August (applications are months prior though) where 32 of Canada’s top post-secondary level students will compete in various unique real-life business challenges allowing them to demonstrate their entrepreneurship strength by applying their leadership, teamwork, management and marketing abilities.
  • INROADS Internship Program seeks high performing minority students for internship opportunities with some of the nation’s largest companies. Their rigorous career development training process will challenge you to commit to excellence and raise the bar on your personal expectations.
  • Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Kiva hires interns every year to help with this initiative.
  • Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference was started in 1991 by a group of students from the Queen’s School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Science who realized that the environmental issues challenging our lifestyle would require a multidisciplinary response. By providing an open forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas, CEEC aims to educate people about the impact of our decisions on economic, environmental, and social factors.
  • Queen’s Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship Conference strives to inspire young Canadians by providing them with the unique opportunity to meet and learn from today’s most innovative business and community leaders.
  • Inter-Collegiate Business Competition
  • University of Victoria 2011 Leadership Conference