James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program fast-tracks the careers of Carnegie Mellon graduate students who are passionate about entrepreneurship in the technology arena. This highly selective program, directed by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is designed to develop each Fellow’s entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through mentoring, hands-on experiences, coursework in entrepreneurship, and networking.

The core of the program is a mentored summer internship with a top tier, venture-backed startup within the high-tech, high-growth environment of California’s Silicon Valley. Mentoring from faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the business community, and two networking trips help to shape each Fellow’s guided, self-directed internship and career search.

This program is made possible by a gift from Jim Swartz (GSIA '66), founder of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with close to $9B under management.

Benefits of Being a Swartz Fellow Include:

  • Summer internship at a top tier, venture-backed startup in the California Bay Area
  • Networking opportunities that include unique access to investors and business leaders
  • Travel stipend ($2000 total) for two 3-day trips (October, January) to the California Bay Area
  • Speaker Series with Roundtable lunches that bring together Swartz Fellows with prominent speakers. Participants in the Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series have included Andrew Mason of Groupon, Ray Lane of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Scott Griffith of ZipCar and Jonathan Kaplan of Pure Digital/TheFlip.
  • Mentoring and guidance from CIE faculty and staff, venture capitalists and C-level executives
  • Cohort- and community-building with current and alumni Swartz Fellows
  • Entrepreneurship coursework

The application process is now closed. Please check back in spring 2014 for deadlines.


Part 1. Resume (1 pg max)

Part 2. Personal Statement (2 pg max)

  1. Entrepreneurial and technology interests
  2. Goals (internship, immediate post-graduation, long-term)
  3. Entrepreneurial successes and failures
  4. Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  5. Role of the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program in achieving your goals

Part 3. Two Letters of Recommendation sent directly to Dr. V. Emily Stark.

Successful candidates will be notified by early fall 2014.