Entrepreneurial Careers

Wharton and Penn offer support and courses for entrepreneurial-minded students who would prefer the excitement and challenge of an internship or career at an early-stage company rather than a more traditional position in financial services or consulting.

Academics

The Entrepreneurship Specialization provides a diverse set of course options for students to hone entrepreneurial skills and embark on an entrepreneurial career path. Penn and Wharton students interested in taking entrepreneurship courses are encouraged to make an appointment with Wharton Entrepreneurship’s academic advisor, Nellie Gaynor (nelliebk@wharton.upenn.edu).

MBA Career Management

MBA Career Management has staff and resources to support Wharton MBA students interested in an entrepreneurial career path, including starting a business or working at a startup over the summer or full-time after graduation.

Current students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Career Advisor for Startups & Entrepreneurship. Employers interested in hiring MBA students for summer internships and/or full-time positions are encouraged to contact the Recruiting Relationship Manager for Startups & Entrepreneurship.

In San Francisco, MBA Career Management and Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship partner to hold an annual Startup Expo, bringing together students with startups and tech companies that are hiring in the Bay Area.

Penn Career Services

Penn Career Services supports undergrads from Wharton and Penn who are interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. Undergraduate students are encouraged to make an appointment with a Student Advisor from their School. Penn Career Services has a number of online resources accessible to students in the areas of entrepreneurship and startups. They also hold a Startup Jobs Fair each spring semester.

Funding

Wharton Entrepreneurship’s Startup Internship Awards are awarded to students who will spend the summer interning at a startup, and who demonstrate both a commitment to entrepreneurship at Penn and to pursuing an entrepreneurial career. The objective of this award is to provide financial support for students who would be making a financial sacrifice by taking unpaid or underpaid summer internships at startup companies. Read about the experiences of students who have spent a summer interning at a startup here.