Love to Learn through real-life experIEnce?

You lead the way with an ENTR 496 Internship / Practicum.  This course offers you the chance to dig deep into the inner workings of either a start-up or existing organization, or work on your own entrepreneurial venture, with the full support of the Center for Entrepreneurship staff and faculty!

Offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall…ENTR 496 internships can be either paid, or unpaid, and are a collaboration between your preferred local business/organization and you!  Experiences can range from helping explore new markets to developing a new service, product, and/or business, or finding ways to add value to existing organizations.  Each credit of the 4-credit requirement will be met with 80 hours of entrepreneurial work experience. Your employer options are only limited by your interests and their entrepreneurial needs. 

Ready to get started?

Project-Based Internships

Make a difference and show the world what you can do with a project-based entrepreneurial internship! These opportunities can be used for 1 – 4 credits each. The following organizations support NDSU entrepreneurship students and may have a project that can fulfill one or more of your internship/practicum credit requirements. 

How it works

  1. Investigate an organization you are interested in. It may be one from this list, or any other business or non-profit that you think matches your skills and/or interests.
  2. Reach out to their contact person.
  3. At a minimum, determine if they have a current project that would work for internship credit.
  4. Discuss the project, timeline, expectations, deliverables, and compensation for the project.
    5. If the organization has a project you would like to do, and they agree to offer the option to you, contact our Entrepreneurship Intern Coordinator to get a course contract written up.
  5. Once an agreement is in place for a specific semester our Intern Coordinator will request access for you to register for the ENTR 496 course with the corresponding number of credits.
  6. Register for ENTR 496 and start showing what you can do.

Traditional Semester Long Internships

Looking for a more traditional semester long internship experience?  These companies have provided well-rounded entrepreneurial internship experiences for our students in the past.

How it works

  1. Investigate the industry and organization you are interested in.
  2. Reach out to their internship or HR contact.
  3. See if they are willing to provide you an opportunity that meets your need.
  4. If so, work with your contact person to develop a list of Key Activities you will be working on.
  5. Connect with our Entrepreneurship Intern Coordinator to get internship approval prior to accepting the position.
      • Provide the following: your name, your major/minor, the company or organization’s name, the internship dates, the key activities you will be doing, a brief description of how this opportunity is both entrepreneurial and fits into your future goals, and any specific deliverables you will be expected to accomplish during your tenure with the company.


Planning on getting an Entrepreneurship minor and all fired up to work on your own business idea? Take ENTR 496 and plan an individual practicum to fulfill your 4-credit internship requirement.

The practicum option allows us to help you design an individualized course experience and provide any support you need to turn your business ideas into reality.  This option is available in the Fall, Summer, and Spring.  Each course credit is equivalent to roughly 80 hours of independent entrepreneurial experience.  Meet with your ENTR 496 Advisor at least 3 weeks before you register for this class to get your unique course outline in place. Once a plan is in place, the Advisor will grant permission for you to register for the course. Once permission is granted, register for ENTR 496 in Campus Connection, upload your signed personal course contract into Blackboard, and get ready to spend a semester earning university credit while you take your idea to the next level!