The following University Startups programs are offered in either an asynchronous or hybrid format, with several key start dates throughout 2023.
The flagship Social Entrepreneurship course is a challenging college-level startup design course that uses the Lean Startup methodology of new venture development to teach students how to start for-profit social impact companies. Students learn and apply Entrepreneurial Mindset Skills, while building new ventures using key start-up design principles. This course provides an opportunity for developing collaboration, leadership and public speaking skills. It is offered in a hybrid format, over two weeks, throughout the summer.
The University Startups’ College Essay course teaches you the specific strategies needed to write an acceptance-worthy personal statement that can be used in your college applications. While there are lots of components to the college application, the essay is the only place to present your stories, personality, and way of thinking. You will take part in brainstorming exercises to choose the right topic and learn planning and editing techniques to draft and revise an essay that reflects your story in an authentic and engaging manner. The course is offered asynchronously, for 6-weeks, with 1 week of orientation.
The University Startups’ Employment Search program equips you with a broad range of career readiness skills to set you on the path to earning your first internship or job offer. You will examine a variety of potential career paths to describe what those careers actually do, as well as the education, training, skills, and certification requirements for each career path. This will help you to decide if you want to look for a job or internship aligned with that career. After identifying a few potential career paths, you will learn about several sources and techniques for searching for job postings to find three jobs or internships you want to apply for. The course is offered asynchronously, for 6-weeks, with 1 week of orientation.
The University Startups College Counseling course assists with preparing you for applying to colleges. This includes a template for asking a teacher (or 2!) for a letter of recommendation, websites where you can begin your research on schools, a review of your own success both in and outside of school, and best practices for completing the Common Application, the method used to apply to colleges and universities. You will also learn to “introduce” yourself to college admissions officers, reflect on your own goals and opportunities to create college lists and use your experiences to create a dynamic application and portfolio that best reflects your goals. The course is offered asynchronously, for 6-weeks, with 1 week of orientation.