Deluxe E-ternship Program

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.

For the safety of our students and participating startups all internships will be remote only for the Fall semester.

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). Total compensation is $12/hour, 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 by emailing Michaela Dean Subject line: Deluxe E-ternship Program - 2020 Fall Semester attach cover letter, resume, and copy of unofficial University of MN transcript. Extending Applications to Tuesday, September 15th.

In the cover letter address: (1) how you will benefit from this opportunity, (2) what type of project(s) 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 and notified by: Wednesday, September 16th.
  • Mandatory program Zoom meeting: Friday, September 18th from 1:00-2:00 PM.
  • Top 5 student business preferences are due by 5:00 PM Monday, September 21st.
  • Pairings are finalized and students/companies notified by Tuesday, September 22nd.
  • Selected students are committing to 10-15 hours per week during fall semester (Sept. - Dec.).


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