Dare to Dream Internship
The “Dare to Dream” internships are the latest additions to a slate of programs at Queen’s School of Business, designed to encourage and help entrepreneurs launch their new ventures. These internships are specifically focused on providing critical resources to help School of Business graduates turn their new venture business plans into reality.
Many students develop business plans while in the program, yet upon graduation, are faced with a tough dilemma: take a full time job in order to pay the rent and/or student loans and sacrifice the opportunity to bring their business plans to fruition or pursue their entrepreneurial dreams while finding other ways to make ends meet. The “Dare to Dream” internships are designed to make it possible for graduates to pursue the latter, by not only covering living expenses, but also providing other critical resources such as office space and access to the invaluable Queen’s network of contacts.
Each internship provides funding for three months, up to a total of $15,000. Students who are about to graduate apply for the internships and are selected into the program based a series of criteria including the strength of their business opportunity, their plan of action, and their passion for the venture. The three months of the internship will see students working extensively with select faculty and contacts at Queen’s School of Business and the Centre for Business Venturing, while receiving guidance from the new entrepreneur-in-residence at Queen’s School of Business, Dr. Grant Bartlett.
We view this program as an integral part of our commitment to ‘improving the odds of success for new ventures’ as it closes one gap for students – the difficult choice between resources to live and resources to work on launching their new dream venture.