Support for Entrepreneurial Internships

The Heffner Entrepreneurship Internship Endowment supports up to 5 undergraduate students with up to $2,500 each to acquire and complete an entrepreneurship-related internship the summer following their junior or senior year. The purpose is to encourage students interested in entrepreneurship to find and accept a business or entrepreneurial-related internship so they can put entrepreneurial skills into practice through real world experience.


Haley Jordyn Goldstein

Emily Lawrence

Sarah Miranda

Skylar Prinz von Anhalt

Dewayne Washington II




Landon C. Akiyama

Emily Berkowitz

Connor S. Howell

Sterling Jackson

Joel Valencia

Congratulations to all!

Though the optimal student is in his or her junior year, a senior may apply, and does not need to already have a secured internship, however encouraged, to receive the funding they will have to complete one that satisfies the requirement. If you don’t exactly meet the above requirements you may apply and encouraged to as there may be flexibility on the selection depending on the final pool of applicants.

The funding is made available to help defer moving, travel, housing or related costs of completing an internship geographically away from the University of Miami and the student’s hometown who demonstrates the need. After completion of the internship, the student will be required to submit documented expenses (receipts) for reimbursement (housing, travel, utilities) no later than 4 months after the ending of the internship.

The internship support funding is only available to undergraduate students involved in entrepreneurship at the Miami Herbert Business School in some way (e.g. entrepreneurship major/minor, or completion of MGT353 or other entrepreneurship courses at UM, or participation in the 2020 Business Plan Competition). Students will be selected by a panel, including the endowment donor, based on the best fit with the objectives of the program.

Pictures Above: William Heffner (BBA ’77) and Susy Alvarez-Diaz (BBA '93, MBA '95), Lecturer and Advisor presenting the 2019 Heffner Fellowship Awards

How to Apply for the 2020 Heffner Fellowship


General Information:  You must wait until Spring 2020 to apply for the 2020 Heffner Fellowship Awards.  At that time, if you are interested in this funding, please indicate so in a brief write-up description of the internship opportunity you are pursuing for the summer and how it fits with your development/entrepreneurial aspiration, need (or, if there is more than one, indicate that).  Please submit this write-up to Amarylis Wallace, Assistant Director, Entrepreneurship Programs (see below for email address).  We suggest a description, up to, but less than, one full page.  To apply, make sure to indicate (required) your name, email address, phone number(s), hometown, academic year, major, and entrepreneurship courses or other competition activities in which you’ve participated, as well as the location/brief description of the expected internship. 

The deadline for submitting your write-up by email will be posted at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester. Please specify in the email's subject line: HEFFNER submission and email it to

The endowment has a geographic preference that the internship be 50 miles or more away from the University of Miami, and/or the student’s hometown, with the intention of helping offset expenses of travel, housing, etc. away from home. The decision committee will seek to notify the selected students by phone and email prior to the end of the semester. 


The selected students should plan on attending the 2020 Business Plan Competition in order to receive their certificates and meet the donor.  The 2020 Business Plan Competition Finals will take place on a date in late Spring (TBD).  


Entrepreneurship Programs
Department of Management
Miami Business School

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