Semester Part-time Paid Internships with Leading Entrepreneurial Companies

The Deluxe E-ternship Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to become members of high-potential entrepreneurial teams. At the same time, the program provides early stage-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 for the launch of a new venture.

Program Goals

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


The internship is jointly funded by the participating entrepreneurial company and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. We require 165 hours of work by the student (10-15 hours/week). The company pays $6/hour (up to a maximum of $1,000) and the Holmes Center matches an additional $6/hour.

Eligibility / Student Selection Criteria

Selection will be based upon demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and academic record. Students participating in the entrepreneurial programs and curriculum will receive preference. For this semester we are placing 8-10 students.

Application/Selection Schedule

Interested students can apply via The Edge job posting. E-ternship Program and GoldPASS Non-Carlson students: please send resume, 1-2 page cover letter and copy of unofficial University transcripts to Michaela Dean at in a 3 page PDF file by Tuesday, August 28th.

In the cover letter, please address: (1) how you will benefit from this opportunity, (2) what type of project you are most interested in, (3) what type of business or industry you are most interested in, and (4) your qualifications to be a successful candidate.

  • Students are selected: Friday, August 31st.
  • Mandatory E-ternship meeting: Wednesday, September 5th from 12-1PM.
  • Top 5 student business preferences are due end of day Friday, September 7th.
  • Selections are finalized and students communicate with business by Tuesday, September 11th.
  • Selected students are committed to 10-15 hours per week during fall semester (Sep - Dec).


Contact Michaela Dean at