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Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Social Enterprise

Business & Entrepreneurship

Business & Entrepreneurship


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Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Social Enterprise

Industry-Specific Insights

  • Use summers to explore running a business by “trying on” an experience. Develop a learning plan for yourself.
  • Reach out to Vanderbilt alumni and ask those who have launched their own organizations if they’ve ever considered hiring interns.
  • Attend local startup meetings and meetups, review resources, and join entrepreneurship challenges. Nashville has a robust entrepreneurial community and is supportive of start-ups.
  • Since social enterprise combines business and social purpose, gaining experience in either or both sectors would be helpful. Use summers to explore internships in nonprofit or philanthropic organizations.
  • Consider interning or volunteering at a startup or business to help you acquire the necessary business skills. Join a student group on campus or intern at a nonprofit organization.
  • The central idea of being an entrepreneur is being your own boss rather than “applying” to work for someone else.
  • That being said, many employers often seek candidates with an “entrepreneurial style” who are self-directed and need little supervision, or who have a strong sense of proprietary values about their work.
  • Opportunities in some areas of marketing, for example, often require these qualities. So, if you’re not ready to start your own business, look for options where you can take on equivalent responsibilities.
  • There is no timeline or typical job search for entrepreneurs. The best way to really test your interest in startups is to talk to a successful entrepreneur or get on-the-job training.
  • With high competition and limited jobs in social enterprise, the best way to obtain experience is often through networking. Reach out to Vanderbilt alumni through Linkedin or the Vanderbilt alumni network VUconnect  Go to networking meetings and consider joining a social enterprise professional association.
  • View our Career Planning Guide & Internship Orientation Guide. Here is an accessible PDF: Internship Orientation Guide.

Job Boards

Industry-Specific Job Boards

Recommended Resources

The resources below are a combination of general industry information as well as specific job and internship posting sites for this industry.

Resources for Entrepreneurship:

  • 10 Video Resources Every Entrepreneur Should Know: Great list of videos compiled by Endeavor.
  • 500 Startups: Resources and funding for entrepreneurs, events, networking opportunities and sites to search for startups.
  • An Entrepreneurial Life: This student-friendly website provides helpful resources and articles such as starting your own company, skills needed for entrepreneurs and more.
  • Ashoka: Largest network of social entrepreneurs, which has provided startup financing, professional support, and global connections across the business and social sectors.
  • CandidCareer: Watch videos of entrepreneurs in various industries and fields.
  • Careers-in-business: Resources and links for entrepreneurs.
  • Entrepreneur: Resources for starting your business for college-aged entrepreneurs.
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization: A global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 35 countries.
  • Gaebler: News and information for entrepreneurs from starting to maintaining your business.
  • MindTools: Article about skills and knowledge you need to start your own business.
  • Startup Journal: This section of the Wall Street Journal is dedicated to small business.
  • S. Small Business Administration: This independent agency of the federal government was created to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small-business concerns, providing financial assistance and online training.

Resources for Startups:

  • Mashable: This article lists a number of startup job posting sites.
  • StartUpHire: Job search site for startup positions, as well as blog postings about the job search.
  • Startuply: Additional job search site for positions at startups.
  • Venture Loop: Job-search site for positions at venture-backed companies.

Resources for Social Enterprise:

Professional Associations

A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.

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