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

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

This initiative fast-tracks the careers of Carnegie Mellon University's graduate students who are passionate about entrepreneurship in the technology arena.

This highly selective program develops each Fellow’s entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring and courses in entrepreneurship. The core of the program is a mentored summer internship with a top tier VC-backed startup within the high-tech, high-growth environment of California’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

This program is made possible by James R. Swartz (Tepper ’66), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with more than $8.8B under management.


  • Summer internship at a top tier VC-backed startup in California's Bay Area
  • Networking opportunities that include unique access to investors and business leaders
  • Speaker Series Roundtables that bring together Swartz Fellows with prominent entrepreneurial leaders such as Matt Rogers (Nest Labs), Lila Ibrahim (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Andrew Mason (Groupon), Scott Griffith (ZipCar), and Jonathan Kaplan (Pure Digital/TheFlip).
  • Mentoring and guidance from CIE faculty and staff, investors, C-level executives
  • Cohort and community building with current and alumni Swartz Fellows
  • Entrepreneurship coursework
  • Travel stipend for two 3-day trips in October & January to the California Bay Area


An applicant must be a full-time CMU graduate student (master’s or doctoral program) who is committed to completing a summer internship in California’s Bay Area and is able to take 2 mini-courses in entrepreneurship and meet weekly with the Swartz Fellows cohort. Applicant must have permission from his/her program advisor.

Applications currently closed.

Please check back in summer 2015 for the next round

How to Apply:

Submit application as one PDF to Dr. Emily Stark,
A. Resume
B. Personal Statement (2 pg max)
   a. Entrepreneurial and technology interests
   b. Goals (internship, immediate post-graduation, long-term)
   c. Entrepreneurial successes and failures
   d. Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem
   e. Role of the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program in achieving your goals

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

Questions? Contact Dr. Emily Stark,

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Application Closed

Please check back in summer 2015 for the next round

what they say

"The Swartz Fellows program has taught me how to share and express my ideas more openly and effectively. More importantly, the program introduced me to more high-level connections, which is something that I could never get from outside of the Fellows program."

-Yanan Jian, Master of Science in Information Technology, Very Large Information Systems Program, SCS

"It created a tectonic shift in my life. I'm excited about where I'm going and Swartz helped me get there."

-Anthony Prats, Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services Program, CIT, CFA, Tepper


Swartz Fellows at Accel Partners

Swartz Fellows gather at Google Ventures

Matt Rogers & the Swartz Fellows
Matt Rogers of Nest Labs speaks with the 2013 Swartz Fellows

Lila Ibrahim & the Swartz Fellows

Lila Ibrahim of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers lunches with the 2012 Swartz Fellows