Deluxe E-ternship Program

Semester Part-time Paid Internships with Top Startup Companies

The Deluxe E-ternship Program connects early-stage companies and undergraduate students in mutually beneficial collaboration on cross-functional projects. This program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to become members of high-potential entrepreneurial teams. At the same time, the program provides companies with student resources for cross-functional projects. Projects can range from market research to evaluation of new products/services/markets to business planning to support the launch of a new venture.

Interested in working with startups? Applications for the 2024 Spring Semester are now closed, but stay tuned for 2024 Fall Semester applications to open!

Are you an early-stage company looking to get involved? Click here.

Program Goals


  • Test students' interest and capability in an early-stage innovative venture
  • Gain first-hand exposure to an entrepreneur as they build their business
  • Apply students' entrepreneurship coursework in a real-world environment


  • Provide early-stage companies with student resources and new perspectives
  • Encourage mentorship opportunities and experience in bringing on new team members
  • Support the overall growth of the Twin Cities Entrepreneurial community by providing resources and expertise


Applicants must be a current student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits* during the semester they will be participating in the program and not studying abroad. (*If you are a senior, this minimum may be waived; contact the program coordinator.)

The Deluxe E-ternship Program is offered only during the Fall and Spring semesters (September – May).



  • Apply via Handshake
    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • Copy of Unofficial UMN Transcript
  • Students are selected based upon a demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and academic record.