Students need industry experience. Startups need talent that doesn't break their budget.

ENT 445 is a for-credit entrepreneurship internship that bridges the gap between UAB students and startups to meet those needs.


In 2014, the Collat School of Business, in partnership with Innovation Depot, developed an Innovation Lab (iLab) located at Innovation Depot. The iLab provides a real-life, entrepreneurial experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. The Innovation Depot is currently home to over 100 small companies of varying size and maturity. Many of these companies welcome unpaid interns for short-term assignments where interns gain valuable, hands-on experience in an entrepreneurial environment while also providing a valuable service to the company. The UAB iLab provides and opportunity for Collat School of Business students to earn credit through an unpaid internship that provides a unique learning experience in one of the best small business incubators in the world.

Description of the Internship Program

  • The internship is an un-paid, three credit hour course during which the student will work with an Innovation Depot company or local startup over the course of the semester. One of the assignments may be in the iLab.
  • The internship is 14 weeks in duration. A minimum of 120 working hours must be completed during the same semester in which the student is enrolled in the internship course.
  • The student will spend an average of 10 hours per week working with the assigned company. The hours will be agreed upon with each company based on the students schedule and company need and must, and unless otherwise agreed, be conducted during normal business hours.

Registering for the Internship Course

  • Students interested in enrollment for ENT445 should submit a letter of interest to Dr. Joel Dobbs at All students will be interviewed as part of the acceptance process.
  • The student must have earned at least 60 credit hours (junior status) and a 2.5-minimum overall GPA and must be currently enrolled in the Collat School of Business. Non-business students who have declared a minor in entrepreneurship are also eligible.
  • Upon approval or denial of the ability to register for the course, the student will be notified by email within 2 business days of the interview.
  • The intern and his or her preceptor must complete the Experience Information Sheet – After completing the form with the assistance of their supervisor, both the student and the supervisor must sign it and return it to the faculty supervisor.

What Our Participants Think about the Program

Gary KhodanianMy learning experience at Icebox thus far has been nothing short of incredible - from leading data-driven process improvement strategies to taking responsibility as the E-Commerce Manager for the business, I've grown as a professional and entrepreneur in more ways than I can describe. Working with a startup through ENT445 has been the most valuable pursuit that I've engaged in at the Collat School of Business, and I'm so proud to be a part of the developing partnership between UAB and Innovation Depot. - Gary Khodanian, Intern, Icebox CoffeeBebe Goodrich with Icebox Coffee

Upon arriving at Icebox Coffee, Gary provided a fresh prospective where he applied classroom learning with his personal experiences to enhancing our company's performance in the e-commerce segment as well as operational efficiencies. In fact, just two weeks into his tenure at Icebox Coffee, he was offered a job that will extend past the internship, where he will run our e-Commerce division. He will essentially start a business from the ground up and measure success and his impact. - BebeGoodrich, Founder, Icebox Coffee


Accepting applications year-round. Interested applicants should email Joel Dobbs,, with resume and expression of interest in taking the course.