Wharton Connect

Venture Fellows


Venture Fellows are carefully selected and trained second-year leaders who possess the following competencies: leadership character, diplomacy, emotional intelligence, adaptability and resilience, and effective communication.


Venture Fellows are responsible for assisting with Venture marketing efforts, conducting pre-trip information sessions and activities, serving as a coach and facilitator during ventures and collecting information after the ventures to ensure continuous improvement to the program. They also work closely with Guides to develop and execute the Venture plan: serve as a coach and facilitate curriculum delivery for participants: act as emergency response in crisis conditions; support the leader of the day and represent Wharton and the Leadership Office.


25-30 venture fellows


April to April

Selection Criteria

In general we receive approximately 90 applicants, interview 60 and select 25-30 fellows.

Information Session

Mid February 2016

Applications Due Date

Application site opens on end of February 2016.
Applications Due: 3rd week of March 2016

Selection Process Dates

Interviews: end of March 2016
Venture Fellows Announced: 1st week of April 2016

Commitment Time/Dates

Venture Fellow Transition Day: mid April 2016
VF BBQ: Mid May 2016
VF August Training: Mid August 2016
VF Winter Training: Early December 2016
Venture Fellow Recruiting and Assessment: Feb-April, 2017
Venture Fellow Transition Day: April 2017
Plus: bi-monthly meetings, committee meetings, venture training, speaker series attendance

Conflicts with other Fellows programs

Venture Fellows and Leadership Fellows are mutually exclusive