Entrepreneurial Fellows Summer Internship Program

Megan Miller

The Entrepreneurial Fellows Summer Internship program provides a limited number of stipends (up to $3,000 each) for current undergraduate and graduate students seeking to gain experience in entrepreneurial management by participating in an unpaid internship by working directly with entrepreneurs and high-level decision makers in a start-up environment, or by working on their own ventures.

Internships should be 30-40 hours per week for 8 weeks and can be for-profit or non-profit. Student stipend amounts may vary by the type of host organization and student qualifications. Preference is given to students returning in the Fall. The Program is highly competitive and open to students in all academic fields of study.

Entrepreneurial Summer Fellows have been selected for 2017.

Follow their adventures on our Summer Blog!

The application process will reopen in spring 2018. Application information is included below for your reference.

Application Materials:  

1.  Online Form - complete & submit online via this link (form is closed - will reopen in spring 2018)

2.  The Proposal - complete and upload/attach to the Online Form

3.  Your Resume - upload/attach to the Online Form

4.  Acceptance Letter from your internship supervisor that states your responsibilities, duration of work, and a brief description of the organization - upload/attach to the Online Form

*Please note: International students should check with the Center for Global Programs and Studies BEFORE accepting an internship and applying for an internship stipend.

Nick Ladd

Selection Criteria 

A University committee will select grant recipients.  All decisions are final.  Grants are awarded only for the internship stated on the application and cannot be transferred to another internship.  Wake Forest University, as provided by applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.

The funds to support this program come from the Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Endowment Fund for Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts; The Chambers Family Fund for Entrepreneurship; and the David and Lelia Farr Endowment.  Some funds can afford more internships than others.  Which internships get funded is dependent on the funds available. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, the internship must align with the purpose of the fund as described:

Hobbs – Funding for internships within a socially beneficial organization.  The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Endowment Fund supports internships involving entrepreneurial-themed work with socially beneficial organizations, including charitable, educational, scientific and artistic enterprises.  

Chambers – Funding for internships involving the internet/e-commerce or emerging technologies.  The Chambers Family Fund for Entrepreneurship supports internships involving entrepreneurial-themed projects or activities that include the internet and e-commerce. 

Farr - The Farr Fund facilitates student learning through entrepreneurial activities by providing a source of general funding to support innovative, creative and entrepreneurial internships in for-profit, not-for-profit, and hybrid ventures.  (Note: This fund has very few internships). 


David Hughes at Intel

Requirements if selected for a stipend

  • Interns must write at least 8 blog posts on the official Summer Fellows Blog throughout the course of their summer internship. 
  • Following the completion of the internship, interns must submit a written evaluation from their internship supervisor (form will be provided).
  • Interns who are returning students are expected to give an oral presentation of their internship experience in the Fall semester following the internship. If studying abroad or graduated, a written report will be required in lieu of the presentation. The presentation or report should highlight accomplishments, personal growth, and how the experience has affected future career expectations.