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James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows

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

The highly selective program develops each Fellow's entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experiences, networking, mentoring and courses in entrepreneurship. The program's core 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.

Swartz Fellows Program Activities

  • 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; Coursera), Andrew Mason (Groupon), Scott Griffith (ZipCar) and Jonathan Kaplan (The Melt; Pure Digital/TheFlip).
  • Mentoring and guidance from entrepreneurial faculty and staff, business community members, investors, and C-level executives
  • Cohort and community building with current and alumni Swartz Fellows
  • Entrepreneurship coursework
  • Stipend for networking trips to the California Bay Area

An applicant must be:

  • registered as a full-time CMU graduate student (master’s or doctoral program)
  • committed to and working toward completing a summer internship in California’s Bay Area
  • able to take two mini-courses in entrepreneurship
  • able to meet weekly with the Swartz Fellows cohort in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Proseminar (99-735), Fridays, 1:30-2:20 p.m.

Each Fellow must have permission from his/her program advisor. Please note that not fulfilling these requirements will jeopardize standing in the Swartz Fellows program.

Deadline to apply (including all letters submitted): Friday, August 26, 2016.

Selected applicants will be interviewed and Swartz Fellow candidates will be chosen by Friday, September 16, 2016.

Final Swartz Fellows will be selected by Friday, October 14, 2016.

  1. Fill out an online application form
  2. Upload resume
  3. Upload a personal statement (2 pg max), including:
    • Entrepreneurial and technology interests
    • Entrepreneurial successes and failures
    • Goals (internship, immediate post-graduation, long-term)
    • Plans to contribute to the evolution of CMU's entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Role of the Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows program in achieving your goals
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation sent directly to Dr. Emily Stark, vestark@andrew.cmu.edu.

Recommenders can be employers, colleagues, mentors or faculty instructors, and they should be able to attest to an applicant's entrepreneurial inclinations, interests, experiences, practices or goals.

Questions? Contact Dr. Emily Stark, vestark@andrew.cmu.edu.
This program is made possible by James R. Swartz (Tepper 1966), founder and managing partner of Accel Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm with more than $8.8 billion under management.