Beyond the Classroom

Student activities

At the JR Shaw School of Business, you'll continuously network with industry professionals and showcase your work.

You will also have the opportunity to apply what you've learned on the job through co-op terms and work-integrated learning. Our industry partners rely on us to produce job-ready graduates who can make an immediate impact when they enter the workforce. Will you be one of them? 

Business case competitions

You can participate in a wide range of business competitions during your studies at NAIT where you'll be able demonstrate your skills. Our student teams have been recognized in various competitions, locally, nationally and internationally. 

Competitions allow you to:

  • apply concepts learned in class
  • analyze situations
  • work as a team
  • see the results of decisions and use this knowledge to make future decisions

Industry collaboration projects

Real-life assignments make classes relevant and interesting. For example, in our Marketing diploma program, student teams work with real clients to create promotional campaigns that are judged by a panel of experts, including members of the Advertising Club of Edmonton. Winning teams are honoured at an awards banquet attended by industry professionals.

To help you apply your learning and make your dreams reality, we invite you to drop by the Mawji Centre.

Mawji Centre

The Mawji Centre is NAIT's vibrant on-campus community dedicated to inspiring your entrepreneurial mindset through business mentorship, guest speakers, competitions, workshops and networking.


Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op Education

Gain experience, earn money and test drive your future career with the BBA Cooperative Education Program.

Join the club!

Clubs are a great way to meet new people, flex your knowledge and add experience to your resumé.

NAITSA clubs

Many of the clubs you'll find at NAIT are run by the NAIT Students' Association (NAITSA). Here are some of the business-related clubs they offer:

  • Accounting Club of NAIT (ACON)
  • Club 5 Star (Hospitality Management students)
  • Case Competition Club
  • Enactus NAIT
  • Real Estate Club of NAIT

Learn more about NAITSA clubs

Enactus NAIT

Enactus NAIT is a student-run club made up of individuals from across NAIT. With their combined knowledge and expertise from business, science and technology, skilled trades and health and life sciences, they work on projects that create value and innovation within the community. 

Learn more about Enactus NAIT

Investment Club of NAIT (ICON)

Students apply the core fundamentals of investing with the pressure and responsibility of real capital at risk, and build a portfolio consisting of stocks that will be measured against the market.It is the first Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) at a Polytechnic in Canada.

Successful students in the fund will have the option of earning 3 credits towards their degree.

All those who are passionate about investments are encouraged to join ICON irrespective of their emphasis, streams or programs. Please contact Dr. Ivan Ourdev or Dr. Thomas Varghese, Chair Finance Programs to know more about the ICON Fund.