Learn to lead principled high-growth tech ventures through an immersive entrepreneurship work/study program.
The Mayfield Fellows Program (MFP) offers unparalleled immersion into the highest levels of entrepreneurial excellence for 12 students from a diverse set of backgrounds and majors. Fellows hone their personal leadership skills through exclusive engagement with global leaders, deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship through expert-guided discussions and case studies, and gain hands-on experience with high-growth technology ventures through a summer internship. After nine months, fellows come away primed to establish, lead, and scale principled technology ventures and join a lifelong community of 300+ accomplished program alumni.
To learn more about the course curriculum, visit the e140 course site.
MFP provides a select cohort of Stanford undergraduate and co-terminal students from a diverse set of backgrounds and any major with a comprehensive entrepreneurship education in the key principles of leadership, innovation, strategy, and creativity. The program runs from April to December and includes three courses on the management of technology ventures, as well as a paid internship opportunity at a world-class startup during the summer. Throughout the program, students also learn directly from faculty, startup founders, and venture capitalists, including Floodgate co-founding partner Ann Miura-Ko, who is co-teaching MFP with entrepreneurship professor Tom Byers.
Mayfield fellows gave me a strong community of mentors that I can lean on to help me through early career decisions and lasting friendships that bring out the best in me and challenge me to be my better self every day.
M.S. Management Science & Engineering
MFP created an incredibly unique environment where I could learn from teachers and fellow students, put ideas into action, and then teach others what I had learned. MFP enabled me to combine my love for engineering with my desire to solve meaningful problems in the world. MFP taught me that entrepreneurship is not about business or start-ups; it’s a mindset to understand a problem, think about solutions, and then do something about it. This could be a problem affecting millions of people, or a small community. Entrepreneurship is a call to action to change the world around us. MFP taught me the importance of staying authentic to my values and living life in a way I’m proud of.
M.S., B.S., Electrical Engineering
MFP provides you robust foundations in community and curriculum to enter the always-changing startup environment. In curriculum, you learn how to identify startups destined for success and step up to intern at one. Importantly, you are given a chance to find a new community of the brightest minds later on in your undergraduate experience.”
B.S. Product Design
MFP was a formative experience. The MFP program is an entrepreneurship engine, pulling together the perfect balance of curriculum, experience, mentorship, and a diverse set of students and leaders that inspires us all to think bigger and bolder than ever before. It was the pinnacle of my time at Stanford, and I eagerly await the announcement of the new class of MFPers and opportunity to give back to the people and the program that made such a big contribution to my Stanford experience.
B.S.,M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Mayfield was the single most impactful piece of my Stanford career. Through academic frameworks, scintillating conversations, and amazing introductions, MFP forced me to think deeply about the most non-obvious of the non-obvious aspects of the tech industry, and my professional and academic career. I remain inspired by my incredible Mayfield family and think back to the lessons I learned when evaluating everything from products, professional choices, and personal development opportunities.
B.S. Engineering, M.S. Management Science & Engineering
Lessons, experiences and friendships from the Mayfield Fellows Program have proven to be some of the most lasting and impactful from my Stanford experience. The business frameworks and strategic thought processes were a great compliment to my coursework, and imparted me with tools and confidence that have helped me significantly in my career
B.A. Economics, MBA Stanford Graduate School of Business
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SUMMER Employer Info and Application
Mayfield fellows take paid internships with organizations during the summer session, allowing each fellow to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills on high-impact projects. As part of the internship experience, we require each fellow to be assigned a senior-level mentor within the organization (e.g., CEO, VP, or founder). Although another employee may supervise a fellow, it is critical that each fellow also have a senior internal sponsor concerned with the fellow’s welfare who is willing to meet one-on-one with the student to discuss progress and goals. Participating companies also engage in MFP-sponsored activities during the program. For example, each organization hosts a virtual visit during the summer for the other fellows in the cohort, and during the autumn quarter, employers may participate as guest speakers or case participants in the course. In all aspects of these activities, STVP honors the organization’s intellectual property in a professional manner. Our mission is to expose Stanford students to the reality of the entrepreneurial process in a variety of different organizations, not to put participating organizations at risk. We expect mentor organizations to operate in a highly ethical manner and demonstrate a commitment to the growth of the fellows they employ. Interested organizations may apply by completing a short online application, which will be available through early June. Organizations that apply to be MFP employers are not guaranteed to have their offers of employment accepted by a fellow. MFP urges employers to provide compensation during the duration of the summer internship.
Summer Employer Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
STVP, the Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center, offers sincere appreciation to the Mayfield Fund for supporting this opportunity for Stanford students. Special thanks goes to Navin Chaddha.
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