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Entrepreneurship, Innovation & 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.

Casual Fridays with The City of Pittsburgh

The City of Pittsburgh is a relatively new recruiting partner to the Swarthmore Community. They are often hiring year round for a jobs in a variety of industries great for new grads, recent alums, or current students seeking internship opportunities. …

By Kelly Dougherty
Kelly Dougherty Assistant Director, Employer Relations
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Casual Fridays with Stuart Weitzman

A few weeks ago, Swarthmore College CIL had the honor of hosting an evening with Stuart Weitzman, American shoe designer and founder of the shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. Now in retirement, Weitzman spends his time traveling to different colleges and …

By Kelly Dougherty
Kelly Dougherty Assistant Director, Employer Relations
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Entrepreneurship: Mapping a Development Path for Graduates and Alumni

The entrepreneurial journey is an exhilarating path that beckons to those with a spirit of innovation and a desire to create something extraordinary. For graduates and alumni, entrepreneurship offers a unique avenue for professional fulfillment and impact. 

It’s important for …

By CareerShift
Job hunting & career management solutions
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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 Fellow
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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 College Recruiter
College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career.
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Build Skills

Start a Side Hustle

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

Mergers & Acquisitions

Taught by Mike Figliuolo
View Mike’s LinkedIn Newsletter Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can spark rapid growth and help businesses add promising new capabilities. But…

Executive Presence: Tips for Women

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

Driving Measurable, Sustainable Change

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

Coaching New Managers

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

Startup Stories: Sports Cards Hobby Becomes Big Payday

Taught by 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

Taught by 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

Taught by 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)

Taught by 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

Taught by 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

Taught by Knowable
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

Taught by 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

Taught by 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

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

Swarthmore & External Resources

LaunchDeck

Swarthmore’s Largest Tech and Entrepreneurship Club

SwatLink: Find Your People

SwatLink makes networking and mentoring that much easier. This closed, online networking and mentoring community facilitates natural connections between Swarthmore …

Swarthmore Funded Summer Opportunities

Including academic research, leadership, mentoring and more.

Getting Started as an Independent Contractor

If you are interested in learning more about independent contract work, take a look at this guide, created by Career …

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

What is SFEP?

Career Services has a gathered listing of summer experiences at local start up companies through a partnership …

Contact & Location

Phone
(610) 328–8352
Address

500 College Ave.
Parrish Hall 135
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office closed daily from 12–1pm for lunch.