Learn how we redefine higher education
and professional development.


Orange Umbrella functions as living, growing business and a student collective of experiential education beyond the classroom. Oranges become familiar with the professional world by working with real clients under the guidance of our Advisory Board and seasoned alumni. Strong client relations and internal structure ensure members are immersed in a collaborative business environment that prepares us to jumpstart our careers. Combining professionalism with curiosity and creativity fuels our pursuit of innovation and untapped ideas. It’s why we’re unfazed by unfamiliarity. It’s how we’re constantly growing and serving the freshest ideas to our clients.

OUR Leaders

MJ, managing
Melissa Jane Barnes is dedicated to bridging the gap between education and real-world experience.

MJ (AKA the Lara Croft of Orange Umbrella) began her advertising career in Miami at CP+B, one of the most well known agencies in the industry. She managed culture-shifting campaigns for iconic brands like Volkswagen, MetLife, and American Express Travel.

At the University of Miami, MJ utilizes real-world, agency-style techniques to train and teach students. MJ began serving in her role as Managing Director of Orange Umbrella and the Koenigsberg & Nadal Interactive Media Center in the Fall of 2016.  

MJ attributes her success at the University of Miami to her best friend and sidekick, Captain.