Our Mission

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 Vision

Orange Umbrella strives to be the premier student-run communication consultancy in the country, redefining higher education and professional development.

Our Three Pillars



Orange Umbrella is unlike any other class at the University of Miami. We facilitate growth and hone professional skills through experiential learning, preparing students reach their full potential as industry experts and mentors.


Work only receives the OU-seal of approval after thorough concepting and proofing. It’s what upholds our consistency and standard of excellence. Each small success that sprouts from this is an opportunity for us to grow.


Oranges are given the necessary tools to thrive in the workforce. We foster individual and professional growth within each weekly meeting, office tour, workshop, guest speaker, and insight from our alumni network.

Meet The Oranges!


MJ, Managing Director

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

MJ (as her students call her) began her professional advertising career in Miami at CP+B, one of the most widely-recognized, award-winning 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 took on 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 co-professor, Captain.


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Our Alumni Advisory Board

Our Professional Advisory Board