Become a SUDS Partner

The Data Science Institute (DSI)’s Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) program offers private sector companies and external partners a valuable opportunity to engage with talented undergraduate interns.  Through SUDS, undergraduate students who are interested in exploring data science as a career path, have an exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on projects working with data.    

We work with industry to identify opportunities for collaborative training and are committed to building a network of industry partners to advance the impact of data science. Our hope is that strengthening the collaborations between the DSI and its partners will encourage the transfer of knowledge and expertise between academia and industry. Through this knowledge exchange, the DSI community can learn about industry perspectives and priorities, and partners benefit from opportunities to connect with students and trainees.  

The Summer Undergraduate Data Science (SUDS) Research Opportunities bring together industry and organization partners, faculty members, and students to work on a research project from May to August. Organizations and companies with research projects provide funding to DSI for the student stipend and SUDS programming. By partnering on SUDS, organizations can explore potential future research collaborations to participate in events and networks.

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This stream at the DSI is now open for Summer 2024. Connect with us to explore how to leverage your funding.

DSI works with partners to apply for Mitacs Accelerate projects to offer SUDS internships for undergraduate students. Mitacs Accelerate is a national research internship program that supports collaboration between faculty, an industry partner, and an intern. The program matches industry funding for internships for $15,000 per each 4-month internship (May-Aug).


1:1 Matching for industry partner funds

Mitacs matches industry funding for a total of $15,000 for each internship.

Partner contribution$7,500
Mitacs contribution$7,500
Total project budget$15,000

DSI support for:

  • Mitacs application
  • SUDS intern recruitment and selection
  • Matchmaking of industry partners with faculty researchers to provide expert support on projects

Data Science skills training for SUDS interns

  • DSI’s SUDS Programming provides interns with a full set of data sciences skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities

Invitation to DSI events and networking

  • Interns, faculty supervisors and companies are invited to the DSI SUDS Showcase and to DSI networking events

Visibility as a SUDS Industry Partner

  • Participation in the SUDS Showcase with faculty and students from across the DSI community
  • Acknowledgement as an industry partner on the DSI website


  • Industry partners: Canadian for-profits, not-for-profits, hospitals, and municipalities
  • Faculty supervisors at the University of Toronto
  • Undergraduate students from the University of Toronto

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