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Roles and Work Environment

Entrepreneurship can come in many forms. While it is most commonly associated with the activity of starting a business or product line, it can also be applied to working at a new company or even bringing a new idea or opportunity to an existing venture. Visit UVA Entrepreneurship for additional resources.

Examples of Entrepreneurial Roles:

  • Business Development/Sales
  • PR/Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Product Management
  • Founder

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurs are committed to solving the major challenges facing the planet today. They take innovative and creative approaches to develop sustainable solutions to a range of problems from poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness and to lack of access to education, health care and dignified work. Those solutions may take the form of innovative financially-sustainable nonprofits, world changing for-profits, or a range of hybrid models in between, including innovative financing like venture philanthropy, social impact bonds, public-private partnerships and impact investing.

Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia creates opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreneurship through experiential classes, workshops, speakers, hackathons, concept competitions, Global Field Experiences and internships.

Skills and Training

  • Strong networking skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Financial management
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Fundraising skills
  • Strong networking ability

Learn more about how you can build more skills applicable to entrepreneurship.


  • No specific education is required for this field, however a bachelor’s degree is encouraged.

Industry Timeline

There is no set timeline for entrepreneurial positions, though expect to see these types of positions open in the winter/spring.

Find Opportunities

UVA and the Charlottesville community offer an excellent environment for students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. Check out the wide variety of opportunities!



Applying and Interviewing

Resumes and Cover Letters

First impressions are critical in the job search. Developing and executing the best documents possible will help to ensure that you put your best foot forward and increase the likelihood of progressing to an interview. Make sure to check out the Resumes and Cover Letters sections of the website for helpful advice and sample resumes and cover letters.  


If you have never interviewed before, make sure to check out the Interviewing section of our website. Log on to Handshake to schedule a mock behavioral interview with a career counselor for practice. Follow-up after every interview with a thank you email or letter.

Additional Industry Resources

Blogs and Industry Research

Social Entrepreneurship Resources

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