Support for Entrepreneurial Internships

The Heffner Entrepreneurship Internship Endowment supports up to 4 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.



Landon C. Akiyama

Emily Berkowitz

Connor S. Howell

Sterling Jackson

Joel Valencia

Congratulations to all!

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

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, and who demonstrates the need. After completion of the internship the student will be required to submit documented expenses for reimbursement (housing, travel, utilities, etc.) 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 Business School in some way (e.g. entrepreneurship major/minor, or completion of MGT353 or other entrepreneurship courses at UM, or participation in the 2018 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.

Pictured Above: William Heffner (BBA ’77) presenting Nikki Millman with a 2017 Heffner Fellowship

How to Apply for the Heffner Fellowship

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 (or, if there is more than one, indicate that). Please submit this write-up to Amarylis Wallace in the Entrepreneurship Program at sbaentrepreneurship@miami.eduWe suggest a description up to one full page. To apply, make sure to indicate:

The deadline for submitting your write-up by email is Friday, March 23, 2018 (by 4pm EST).  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 2018 Business Plan Competition in order to receive their certificates and meet the donor.  The 2018 Business Plan Competition will take place on April 11, 2018 at 4:00pm (starting with our keynote speaker).  More information will be posted soon as well as a link to RSVP. 


Entrepreneurship Programs
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