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Entrepreneurship, Innnovation & Freelance

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Explore & Make Connections

Talking to Swattie entrepreneurs and alumni freelancers can help you make informed choices and potentially open doors. Join Swatties Helping Swatties and conduct informational interviews to enhance your career journey. Make an appointment to chat with an advisor about this field.

Learn & Apply

Browse the industry guides to learn more about types of roles, organizations and skills valued by employers. Look for internships and jobs on Handshake, where you can also browse employers and industry-specific events.

3 Takeaways from the Internships in Start-Ups Panel

Miss the internship panel we offered on February 15th? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are key pieces of advice shared at the event

By Andrew Symon
Andrew Symon Career Peer Advisor
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Tips for staying productive while working from home

Working from home has its many, many benefits. More flexible scheduling, the opportunity to work in a comfortable environment, and not having to commute to an office every day are some of the many reasons it’s an excellent route for …

By Sean Kelly - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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What’s It Like To Work in UX Design at a Startup vs. Established Company? A Facebook Product Designer Weighs In

User experience designers are in high demand at both startups and big companies alike, with both organization types seeking creative, critical, and technically skilled designers to bolster the user experience of their products and give them a competitive advantage. But …

By Sakshi Gupta - Springboard
Bridging the world's skills gap through affordable, high-quality, online education.
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What Size Company Is Right for You? Here’s What I’ve Learned Going From Startups to a Fortune 500 Company

Last year, after a decade of working at small startups, I set my sights on larger, established companies: Series Bs, recent IPOs, and the Fortune 500. Recently married, in my mid-30s, and staring down a global pandemic, I was looking …

By Neal Shyam - The Muse
The Muse
Expert advice to answer your career questions.
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Pros and Cons of Being an Independent Contractor

A poor economy has pushed some unemployed or underemployed Americans towards self-employment. For some, the opportunity to be their own boss may prove serendipitous, while others may find that the costs of not being an employee are unexpectedly high.

“The …

By Steven Rothberg - College Recruiter
College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Skill Building Courses

Start a Side Hustle

Chris Guillebeau
A well-executed side hustle can be both financially rewarding and personally fulfilling. Curious about how to launch one of your…

Executive Presence: Tips for Women

Selena Rezvani
View Selena’s LinkedIn Newsletter Most aspiring leaders know they need executive presence: the ability to project authority, confidence, and authenticity.…

Coaching New Managers

Jenny Blake
Of all the changes, promotions, and advancements you may receive at work, few are as impactful as the change from…

Communicating with Emotional Intelligence

Brenda Bailey-Hughes
Developing your emotional intelligence can help you succeed at any stage of your life or career. It can also help…

Startup Stories: Sports Cards Hobby Becomes Big Payday

Chris Guillebeau
Did you know you can day trade sports cards, without ever handling inventory? Author and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau shares the…

How to Become a Thought Leader and Advance Your Career

Jenny Foss
Building thought leadership can provide a crucial advantage for active job seekers and those looking to advance their careers. What…

Success Strategies for Women in the Workplace

Kirsty Hulse
Women face unique challenges on their journey to the upper echelons of management. In this course, instructor Kirsty Hulse (herself…

Lids CEO Tom Ripley (Thirty Minute Mentors)

Adam Mendler | Thirty Minute Mentors
Tom Ripley is the CEO of Lids, the largest licensed sports retailer in the United States, as well as the…

Develop Interpersonal Skills for Inclusive Workplaces

Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn
Strong interpersonal skills are a workplace imperative, regardless of your role or level. In this course, professional development manager Sarah-SoonLing…

How Smart Founders Prototype Solutions

When you apply your personal knowledge and skills to business problems, you offer a unique set of insights that can…

An Insider’s Guide to Today’s Music Biz: 3 Treating Your Career as a Business

Steve Rennie
Doing something you’re passionate about and making a living out of it is a difficult thing to do. Especially considering…

Freelancing Tips

Jay Clouse
As a freelancer, while doing great work is important, it isn’t enough. You’ve also got to focus on building your…

Freelancing Foundations

Jay Clouse
Successful freelancing requires more than great work. Join Jay Clouse, creator of Freelancing School, as he teaches the essential skills…

Driving Measurable, Sustainable Change

Richard Chua
In any industry, successfully driving measurable, sustainable change is a challenge. In this course, Dr. Richard Chua shows managers how…

Career Resources


Swarthmore’s Largest Tech and Entrepreneurship Club

Work at a Start Up-YCombinator
Swarthmore Future Entrepreneurship Program (SFEP)

Career Services’ Summer Funded Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
Student Info Session:

Learn about how SFEP works and get your questions answered.

Venture for America

Venture For America is creating economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them …

Swarthmore Center for Innovation and Leadership

Contact & Location

(610) 328–8352

500 College Ave.
Parrish Hall 135
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Career Service Hours

M 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
T 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
W 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
TH 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office closed daily from 12–1pm for lunch.