1. Complete at least 9 CIE workshops (and a minimum of 2 each year after joining the program). The CIE offers at least 5 workshops every academic year. It might be possible to meet workshop requirements by participating in other events or activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship (requires the Executive Director’s approval) or by completing additional courses that meet Requirement 2 (requires the Director’s approval).
  2. Participate in at least one pitch or case competition (typically as part of a team): Fellows must participate in at least one CIE-approved pitch or case competition at some point during their studies. Our intent is to provide appropriate coaching, mentoring and feedback.
  3. Complete an approved internship related to innovation and entrepreneurship: We are particularly enthusiastic about internships with companies in Silicon Beach, Downtown LA, Pasadena, Orange County, or Silicon Valley and those involving established tech companies, early-stage firms, and incubators. Internships taken through INT 30 in the Silicon Valley Program count. Fellows can apply to receive a stipend to help support their approved summer internship.


Complete at least four approved courses that help you prepare to be a thoughtful, productive and responsible business leader and innovator. In order for a course to count, a grade of at least B- must be achieved (with the exception of courses taken for CR during Spring 2020):

Many paths lead to innovation and entrepreneurship, and we encourage students to propose tailored course plans to the Director of the CIE: We have listed some pre-approved options below in the areas of economics, data science, and leadership, but students should not feel compelled to select courses from this list, and we encourage students to consider courses outside their major. We particularly encourage tailored plans that include technical subjects (such as design, engineering or the sciences), and we welcome plans involving all subjects and areas of study offered at the Colleges.

  1. Students can count up to four Economics courses related to innovation and entrepreneurship:
    • Econ 65/165 Innovation Management/Industrial Organization (SVP)
    • Econ 98/198 Organizing for Innovation/Economics of Innovation (SVP)
    • Econ 129 Game Theory
    • Econ 134B/Fin 330 Advanced Corporate Finance/Corporate Financial Management
    • Econ 151 Strategic Cost Management
    • Econ 165 Industrial Organization
    • Econ 193/Fin 450 Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
  2. Students can count up to two courses that count towards CMC’s Data Science sequence:
  3. Students can count one upper division Leadership course related to innovation and entrepreneurship:
    • Lead 142 Leading Social Innovation
    • Lead 150 Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (SVP)
    • Psych 140 Leadership
  4. One course can be a thesis or a comparable major research project related to innovation and/or entrepreneurship (requires the Director’s approval)


Students must complete at least one of the following in a high-quality manner. Each involves both a written component and an oral presentation demonstrating substantial knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship:

  1. Produce a senior thesis related to innovation or entrepreneurship (if not counted towards Requirement 2). Students who do not pursue option a. must obtain approval from the Director and Executive Director to pursue an alternative written component and presentation:
  2. Explore a business or innovation opportunity in a rigorous way, and provide appropriate analyses that might include ingredients such as a market study, a business plan, or a description of a new product (ideally along with a prototype or a minimally viable version). In exceptional cases in which the business or innovation is already operational, the focus of the document should be modified accordingly.
  3. Consult extensively for businesses involved in innovation and entrepreneurship. Provide a document that summarizes the activities involved and results obtained.


To apply, students must be in good academic standing plus:

  • Please include your transcript and a cover letter that explains your interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Optional: student may include letters of recommendation or other supporting materials
  • Personal interviews will be conducted prior to acceptance.


For the 2020-21 academic year, the deadline for submitting an application to join the Fellows Program is Sunday September 20, 2020 at Midnight PST.

Applications can be found and should be submitted using the Handshake app

Feel free to email Ron LaPierre at with any questions.