IVCA Membership - Illinois Venture Capital Association


The IVCA Scholar Program is intended to create an inclusive industry with more gender, racial and ethnic diversity by providing undergraduate students exposure to a possible career in the venture capital/private equity industry. 

The IVCA Scholarship provides undergraduate students a very rare opportunity to be placed with a venture capital or private equity firm for 10 weeks.  In addition, Scholars will participate in informational & training sessions at a variety of investment firms and at professional service providers that partner with Venture Capital & Private Equity investors (accounting, investment banking, valuation, legal, consulting etc.). 

This program offers a 10-week, deep dive into the industry with significant exposure at a venture capital or private equity firm.  Assuming successful program completion, students will be granted a $10,000 stipend during the summer.

As a student, if you would like to apply for the upcoming 2023 program, which begins June 2023, please click HERE for eligibility requirements and application process.  Deadline to submit your application is October 14, 2022.

As a firm, if you are considering participating in our program, please contact Maura O'Hara at [email protected].

The program seeks to engage “underrepresented” groups (women & persons of color) in their undergraduate education so that they can better their chances for a position in the industry through training and networking experience. Since it's inception in 2007, 78 students have taken part in the program.

How will the IVCA Scholar Program benefit you? View video HERE.