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Deluxe E-ternship Program - Entrepreneurs

Semester Part-time Paid Internships with Talented UMN Students

Stay tuned, applications open on August 1st!

What is the Deluxe E-ternship Program?

The Deluxe E-ternship Program connects early-stage companies and undergraduate students in mutually beneficial collaboration on cross-functional projects. This program provides companies access to new minds and resources through these students while also providing students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working on a high-potential entrepreneurial team. Projects can range from market research to evaluation of new products/services/markets to business planning to support the launch of a new venture.

Are you interested in participating? 
Applications are closed for Spring 2024 but keep an eye out for Fall 2024 applications to open in August. 

program goals entrepreneurship
Student Focused


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


  • Provide early-stage companies with student resources 
  • 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


  • Companies must have cross-functional projects available. These projects can range from market research to evaluation of new products, services, or markets to business planning to support the launch of a new venture. 
  • Commitment to hosting a student intern through the course of the Deluxe E-ternship Program, providing at least 10-15 hours/week worth of work over the length of the semester.
  • Financial commitment to jointly funding the student intern at a rate of $15/hour for 10-15 hours/week- shared cost with Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • The Deluxe E-ternship program is only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters (September - May).


  • Include information about your company’s culture, work environment, team, and the work an intern would be taking on. You may submit multiple opportunities if you have them.
  • To help us create the best match, please be specific about any skills or proficiencies an intern may need to succeed at your company and within the specific project.

    submit your company's internship opportunity here! 

  • All companies and students will attend a “Next Steps Meeting” where we will discuss the overall program, student pairing process, and hiring information, and invite companies to introduce themselves in a two-minute pitch.
  • Attendance is optional, and companies that cannot attend have the opportunity to submit a video version of their pitch for students to view. 
  • Time will be allocated for networking as an opportunity for students and companies to connect prior to matching.
  • Companies and students will be notified by the program coordinator of their pairings shortly after the Next Steps Meeting.
  • The pairing will be based on needs for the internship as identified by companies in the submission form, students’ experience/skill sets, and the student’s top 5 identified preferred internships. This process focuses on finding matching high-quality interns whose skillsets will best fit your company and project.

Hiring Process

  • Students will be hired by the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and paired with external companies for the semester. This process allows for the Deluxe E-ternship to be available for both international and non-international Twin Cities undergraduate students.
  • The program coordinator will facilitate all HR requirements, and students will submit hours through the University of Minnesota HR system. Companies may request timesheet reports.
  • The participating entrepreneurial company and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship will jointly fund the internship. The commitment of $15.00/hour is split between the company and Holmes Center for up to 165 hours. The Holmes Center will bill companies for their portion of the wages at the end of the semester. Any hours worked over 165 will be billed to the company at full compensation. 

Spring 2024 Semester Schedule


Applications Open: Monday, October 30th

Applications Close: Wednesday, November 22nd

Selected Students Notified: Wednesday, November 29th

Kick-Off Meeting: Friday, December 1st

Company Preferences Due: Monday, December 4th

Matches Finalized: Friday, December 8th



Testimonial 2


"Ava and Sanjana are some of the most incredible young women I have met and brought so much joy to me and Mom Badge. Lastly, they made a huge impact on my company and our momentum forward: design, video editing, teaming on my application for the Launch Grant, strategic planning, social media content creation - all the things." 




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