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Ways To Be Involved

Our alumni have been very generous with their time, wisdom, and financial contributions. This list of ways you can contribute is not exhaustive, but it is a start. These are areas in which we need assistance from our alumni. 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.

Sponsor a Lab Course
We are always happy to find new sponsors for the lab courses: 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. More information is available here and here.

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 first hand, and share your real-time knowledge of the industry.

Speak at Kellogg
There are a number of opportunities to share your knowledge of the PEVC industry with current students and the wider Kellogg community. There are various forums available:
• The PE/VC boot camp is run by the PE/VC Club 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.

Host a Breakfast
Several times each academic year, Kellogg students and faculty have "breakfast" 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.  Contact us at heizer@kellogg.northwestern.edu if you are interested in hosting a breakfast.

Help Place Our Students
The ability of Kellogg to continue to grow its program in PE/VC is a function of our ability to place students into private equity or venture capital firms either immediately after Kellogg or in the years to follow. 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 Emily Foley 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. To do so, please go to: http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/jobs.

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.