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.

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 $15/hour, company pays $7.50/hour and the Holmes Center pays $7.50/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 10-15 students.


Interested students can apply via GoldPASS: #5061399 Deluxe E-ternship Program - 2021 Fall Semester attach cover letter, resume, and copy of unofficial University of MN transcript. 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.

Interested entrepreneurial companies can submit internship opportunities via this form.

Semester Schedule

  • Application ends: Saturday, August 28th at midnight
  • Students are selected and notified by: Wednesday, September 1st
  • Mandatory program Zoom meeting for selected students: Tuesday, September 7th
  • Top 5 student business preferences are due by: Thursday, September 9th
  • Pairings are finalized and students/companies notified by: Monday, September 13th
  • Selected students/companies are committing to 10-15 hours/week during Fall semester starting September - December.


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