Strengthen your skill set with our curriculum and pursue a PE/VC career with confidence.
Education is a pillar of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital. We prepare students for careers in private equity, venture capital and related fields by giving you the hard and soft skills required to create businesses, expand employment and build value in an evolving business landscape. To do this, our teaching methods go well beyond classroom learning and extend to cover the three most important elements for developing a career in private equity or venture capital.
- Experiential: Private equity and venture capital are often described as learning through an apprenticeship model. The fundamentals must be built in the classroom but these skills need to be matched with experience working within a venture capital or private equity firm, or one of their portfolio companies.
- Network: Developing a large, relevant network is important so you can leverage strategic connections to source deals, understand trends, and identify customers and resources for portfolio companies.
- Leadership: To truly thrive in these industries, you need great people skills, general management expertise and the ability to lead a team.
Kellogg delivers on all three of these elements. As part of our experiential learning, we offer labs in venture capital and private equity, interactive projects with private equity portfolio companies, a San Francisco Winter Immersion Program where students intern at PE/VC firms over the winter quarter, and summer internships at venture capital firms and portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms. We also have one of the largest networks of alumni and partners in this space and are well known for our deep commitment to fostering collaboration and leadership.
Although there are important similarities between venture capital and private equity, Kellogg distinguishes between the two with a unique pathway for each industry. The private equity and venture capital pathway consist of a series of courses that focus on specific private equity and venture capital functions, case studies and recent developments in these two industries.
EXPLORE THE VENTURE CAPITAL AND PRIVATE EQUITY PATHWAY
As a student, you can also access subscription databases and other resources through the Career Management Center Library research guides for Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Go to the CMC Library Resources to access the Private Equity Research Guide and Venture Capital Research Guide(password protected)
Finally, there are many ways to gain industry experience through labs, treks, competitions and conferences. We have more than 80 student clubs that sponsor conferences, seminars, competitions, corporate projects and service opportunities, and Heizer and its partners support a variety of networking events for our students’ education in PE/VC leadership.