Experience Ventures

Interested in getting a head-start in your career? Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial thinking placements with innovative companies in Canada. The program aims to inspire your creativity, resiliency, and future vision—so you can shape your future with the right skill set.
The Experience Ventures program will run from June 2021 to March 2022.

An entrepreneurial thinking placement is a structured, short-term paid opportunity with a startup or social venture that has partnered with Queen's. The goal is to empower you to develop and apply entrepreneurial thinking skills aimed at making you ready for your future.

Experience Ventures offers five types of entrepreneurial thinking placements:

  • Hack-a-thon or tech-a-thon: A one- to two-day event in which companies present students with real world challenges and ask them to provide innovative solutions.
  • Challenges: Taking place over several weeks, these require students to build out more complete solutions to social, business, design or community challenges.
  • Projects: Companies present students with a specific project, and Queen's matches it to talent from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Student-in-Residence: Students selected by the incubator receive unique opportunities to work with several companies over the course of a term.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Projects: Incubators create teams of students from more than one discipline and provide them with a project for a venture or group of ventures.

Entrepreneurial thinking placements build a bridge between today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges. You will experience innovation first-hand and learn how to apply its principles in their careers. 


As a student, Experience Ventures placements will enable you to:

  • Apply in-class learning to the challenges and opportunities facing startups and social ventures.
  • Explore Canada’s evolving innovation economy.
  • Network and meet industry leaders and employers.
  • Discover the latest technologies being incubated in Canada and enhance your resumé with a unique experience.
  • Develop your work-ready skills.
  • Receive compensation for your placement.

Gain 5 important entrepreneurial thinking skills to prepare for careers in the innovation economy:

  1. Resiliency: Develop a growth mindset to persevere through challenges.
  2. Opportunity recognition: Reframe problems as opportunities for innovation.
  3. Action orientation: Accelerate learning through real-world feedback.
  4. Risk management: Develop strategies to manage ambiguity. 
  5. Systems thinking and/or trans-disciplinary thinking: Design innovative solutions across traditional boundaries. 

The required qualifications and application process differs for each placement. Please review the "2021-2022 Placement Postings" section below for a list of active postings to review each placements' requirements and how to apply.

For all placements students must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Enroled in any full- or part-time program of post-secondary study.

If you have any questions about eligibility please contact asc.el@queensu.ca

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at asc.el@queensu.ca.


Active Postings

There are currently no postings. Please check back soon for new opportunities.

Previously Advertised Postings

Edge of Lyme Case Competition - Leader Positions

The Department of Biology is looking to recruit six student leader positions who will be responsible for coordinating the Edge of Lyme case competition event. The week-long event aims to raise awareness for the consequences of tick-borne diseases (e.g., Lyme Disease) and facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to disease prevention, treatment, and management.

FILM 511 - Imagining Digital Future for the Art Museum / 3.0 units

In one course, you can change the course of museological history. Help reimagine Agnes and what the 21st-century museum can be. Join Agnes’s Youth Advisory Council, build your own network, receive a stipend and hands-on real-world experience. You can have a say in the future digital platforms that engage diverse museum audiences and inform innovation in the digital sector.

  • November 2021–March 2022
  • Queen’s Students across all disciplines in years 2–4 are eligible to apply
  • $825 stipend, 120 hours
  • AGNES and the Department of Film and Media partnership
  • Download the poster

Students in Residence

Working with chemistry researchers, you will be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment with opportunities to learn about the fascinating ways our scientists are working to create a better world, while contributing your unique perspectives and methodologies. Not only will you gain practical and professional experience, you will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the Queen’s Chemistry Innovation Council (QCIC) which provides a forum for idea exchange, advice for innovation, and a network to potential employers in global industries or agencies related to chemistry and science.


Is your company interested in participating in an entrepreneurial thinking placement? Download our info-sheet or contact asc.el@queensu.ca for more information.