IVCA Membership - Illinois Venture Capital Association
IVCA Scholar Program 2021


Begun in 2007, the IVCA Scholar Program is a 10-week, internship program.  The program seeks to engage “underrepresented” undergraduates (women & persons of color) in our industry to cultivate an interest in private company investing.  It is the hope that through the summer’s internship, training, and networking experience, interested IVCA Scholars are positioned for employment in the industry upon graduation.

Since 2007, we have hosted 49 students at 23 VC/PE firms.  The summer program introduces the Scholars to the Illinois VC/PE industry through:
  • Internships at investor firms
  • Presentations from multiple VC/PE firms
  • Visits with professional advisor firms
  • Social networking opportunities
  • Network building opportunities
  • Financial modeling program/certification

We hope to bend the arc of progress by growing the pool of available and qualified, diverse candidates.

The 2021 IVCA Scholar class is the largest yet and includes 15 students from:

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Notre Dame

The Scholars begin their summer with a four half-day program of On Boarding.  View their schedule here. IVCA appreciates the participation of all who shared their expertise with our students!