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How can you be involved with the PE/VC program at Kellogg?

The strength of the private equity and venture capital program at Kellogg is built upon the efforts, contributions and insight of our alumni and partners. The Heizer Center is dedicated to helping organize and direct the efforts of our partners so Kellogg and our students have full advantage of these resources. The more we can connect, the more our partners and students benefit, whether it’s by introducing a firm to well-rounded Kellogg talent, or providing students with new career opportunities.

This list of ways you can contribute is not exhaustive, but it is a start. These are areas in which insights and support from our alumni and partners are imperative. Our hope is this will help guide your efforts to their highest value use here at Kellogg while minimizing the effort you have to expend to find out how to help.

Recruit Kellogg Talent

The ability of Kellogg to continue to grow its program in PE/VC is a function of our ability to place students in private equity or venture capital firms, or in leadership roles in finance or portfolio companies.

Here are ways to help:
  • If your organization has a need for a summer or full-time professional, we hope you will consider students profiled in the Kellogg resume listing. Many have prior experience in private equity or venture capital, and the vast majority have relevant work experience in investment banking, consulting or operating firms. Two separate resume listings for Kellogg students interested in full-time opportunities are available: one for students interested in private equity and one for those interested in venture capital. These students have all self-selected into the resume listing and are open to direct communications from employers. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact the Career Management Center and specify whether you are interested in the Private Equity Resume Listing, Venture Capital Resume Listing or both. Also, please feel free to reach out to her with any questions. To protect the privacy of our students, we will not send resume listings to any web-based email accounts (e.g. Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, MSN, Gmail, etc.). Please use your firm’s official email address.
  • The Kellogg School’s Career Management Center has a free job board if you would like to post any full-time or summer intern opportunities with your firm.

Be a Private Equity or Venture Lab Sponsor

We are always happy to find new sponsors for Private Equity Lab and Venture Lab. The lab courses place a student in a private equity or venture capital firm for the quarter. We offer the course in all three quarters (fall, winter and spring). Sponsors can participate as many quarters a year as they choose. Please understand that being a sponsor does involve a time commitment to the student and the program.
Learn more about Private Equity Lab
Learn more about Venture Lab

Host an Event

Host a trek:
Each year a select set of Kellogg students visits venture capital or private firms in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Additional cities may be added as student demand and alumni support allow. The second-year students who lead these trips are looking for firms and sponsors to host their groups for a few hours during the days of their visits. This is an excellent chance to speak with current students, hear what is happening at Kellogg firsthand and share your real-time knowledge of the industry.

Host a breakfast:
Kellogg students and faculty have occasional "breakfasts" at Chicago-based private equity firms. This is a chance for students to speak with the partners and associates about the current state of private equity, the firms or other current topics of interest to the PE industry.

Speak at Kellogg

There are a number of opportunities to share your knowledge of the PE/VC industry with current students and the wider Kellogg community:
  • The PE/VC boot camp is run by the PE and EVC clubs each fall. The student organizers are often looking for a specific expertise.
  • The student organizers of the PE/VC Conference need speakers, moderators and most often connections. Their response rate is much higher if a colleague of the speaker and Kellogg alumnus (you) makes the introduction.

Recruit Prospective Students

To compete, Kellogg must continue to attract the brightest, hardest working and most creative students. If you know prospective students who would be a good fit for Kellogg, please encourage them to apply. When students are admitted, encourage them to attend.

The Kellogg PE/VC program has been a place both to contribute and to learn. Through the Kellogg network, I've met LPs in our fund, later stage investors who've backed our deals and students who can broaden my own network of founders.

Matthew Hartman '11, Partner, Betaworks

Interested in learning more? Get in touch.