Studio Y Fellowship Placement - MaRS Solutions Lab

Studio Y

Close Date
June 28th, 2017


Want to join the Studio Y Fellowship and a Studio Y Placement at MaRS?

Studio Y Placements are opportunities for Fellows to work full-time with a business unit at MaRS over the course of the Studio Y Fellowship program. The Studio Y model focuses on work-integrated learning that encourages participants to apply the skills and tools they develop during the Fellowship program in their work. Placements are a full-time commitment over the 8 months of the program: September 15th – May 28th. Placement Fellows will be a full member of a MaRS business unit and will be accountable for their deliverables to both the Fellowship and the unit. Fellows will report directly to their MaRS team manager. Please carefully read the job posting and the fellowship description for an understanding of this dual role.

You can learn more about the Fellowship here:

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale their businesses, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, system transformation to increase innovation adoption, and driving ideas to impact.

About Studio Y

Studio Y is a platform that supports young people in becoming top-performing systems leaders. Housed within MaRS Discovery District, Studio Y convenes young leaders, top thinkers, entrepreneurs, researchers, non-profit professionals and public bodies to tackle the complex economic and social challenges that Canada is facing today. In 2014, Studio Y established a fully funded fellowship to equip high-performing young leaders with the skills they need to accelerate their impact and tackle complex problems. Through flexible programming and experiential learning, the Studio Y Fellows harness the principles of entrepreneurship and social innovation to develop interventions aimed at influencing systems change in their area of focus.

Leveraging the MaRS ecosystem, the Fellows work within four cluster sectors—the future of energy and the environment; the future of health; the future of work and learning; and the future of finance and commerce —each with a focus on social innovation and systems change. This uniquely positions the Fellows to dive deep into issues within their given sector, while also uncovering cross-sectoral links

About MaRS Solutions Lab

The MaRS Solutions Lab is a public and social innovation lab that helps tackle complex social and economic challenges that require systems change. We help to understand these challenges from different perspectives, and we convene stakeholders from across society to develop, prototype and scale new solutions. We also help build capacity for systems change across Canada, providing advice and training to governments, foundations and other organizations that want to how to create change for a better future together.

Who are we looking for?

MaRS Studio Y Fellows possess a positive outlook and are smart, curious, energetic and engaged in the world around them. They are young people who have demonstrated leadership and engagement in one of our key cluster areas, are keen to develop professionally as Systems Leaders and are at the right stage to benefit from the program and the placement opportunity.  Beyond this, there are specific knowledge and skill requirements for each placement role, as detailed below.


Studio Y Placement Fellow, MaRS Solutions Lab

•          Conduct field studies and research using different approaches based in design and systems thinking, and other related disciplines e.g. interviews, ethnography, mapping, data research, and policy analysis

•          Help design and organize workshops and other events that convene different stakeholders around complex challenges

•          Design, develop and produce collaterals, including toolkits

•          Support and contribute to reports

•          Provide and manage logistical, operational and administrative support in events and projects; participatein the development and implementation of events and projects; enable project teams to work effectively and collaboratively


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, preferably in product or service design
  • Passion for social innovation or public sector innovation
  • Strong research skills – ability to conduct research using different approaches based in design and systems thinking (e.g. interviews, ethnography, mapping, data research, and policy analysis)
  • High degree of multi-tasking and time management capability
  • Ability to work independently and in teams in a dynamic and flexible environment
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) competency in English
  • Proficiency in MS Office


  • Competent group facilitation, entrepreneurship, community organizing or campaigning experience
  • Experience working in government or broader public sector
  • Experience in applying design thinking in public sector policy or program development
  • Experience working in the healthcare sector
  • Experience in applying design thinking in the healthcare sector
  • Multimedia, graphics production or publishing experience
  • Fluent in two or more languages

The fine print

You must be eligible for the Studio Y Fellowship program to be eligible for the Studio Y Placements. You can find more information here:  You must be available for the duration of the program: September 15th, 2017 – May 28th ,2018. 

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queens Parks subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

  • Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS.
  • A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, and summer golf day.
  • The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym membership
  • Indoor bike parking and showers

Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful. 

Working conditions

General office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Applications are due by 11:59am Eastern Time on June 28th, 2017.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.