Integrated Management Experience (IME)

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 year. 
Apply today! 

The Integrated Management Experience (IME) is a program that combines academics with a community assignment where you'll solve real business problems for a real non-profit in our community.

This incredible opportunity allows you to build practical, analytical and personal skills that will carry you through your career, develop a more complete understanding of business processes while solving business problems, and form long-lasting relationships with your peers and your community.

How it works

Academic component

Students will earn credit for the year-long IME course MGT 3093 & 3094 (3 credits split between two terms), which must be taken in sequence (Fall/Spring) in order to receive full credit.  This course may fill a Dhillon School of Business elective, 3000/4000 level elective, or open elective in a student’s Bachelor of Management program. If you are unsure of where this course will fit in your program, please contact an academic advisor. For IME requirements, please see below:
IME Program Requirements: 
  • Prerequisite(s): Successful application to the Integrated Management Experience (IME) course AND completion of 15 courses (45 credit hours)
  • Corequisite(s): One of Writing 1000, English 1900, final grade of 80% or higher in AB high school English Language Arts 30-1, or successful completion of a writing challenge test (see information found at
  • Recommended Background:
    • Management 1000 or Management 1500 AND Marketing 2020

Community project

While completing the academic component, you'll also be working with your peers to complete the community project portion. You'll form a group at the beginning of the spring semester and decide on what kind of business problem you'll be solving, then pitch that idea to your peers. After all the presentations have been made, your classmates vote on whose plan will be implemented and the winning team become project managers, responsible for assigning various organizational tasks to the rest of the class. Proceeds from the community project go to a designated non-profit organization.

What you'll get out of it

IME allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge as you study. From initial theoretical analysis to execution, the IME program lends a higher degree of immediacy to your studies.

You'll also develop a complete understanding of business processes and solve business problems through experiential learning opportunities in the community, making you more employable. Many IME students take advantage of their experience in the program to obtain and succeed in co-op placements.

What the program teaches, perhaps most importantly, is that you have the ability to effect change in the world. You will derive a tremendous sense of accomplishment from the IME program, and so you should; since the program began in 2000, students have raised over $200,000 towards community development.

IME is offered at both Lethbridge and Calgary campuses. Students participating in this course may be eligible for a stipend of $1800 (upon approval of DSB funding application to the funding agency).

Ready to embark on an incredible experience? Click here to apply to IME.


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