In conjunction with attending spring-term course sessions, participants in the Lab also intern for 15-20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks at a private equity fund (broadly defined to include angel groups, venture capital firms, mezzanine lenders, buyout firms, and many other variations). Internships may take place during the spring quarter only, winter quarter only, or both quarters; students will have the opportunity to indicate their preference at the time of application.   

Students are matched with a firm based on the firm’s criteria and the student’s background. There are a variety of firms that participate in the Lab, and each looks for a specific background based on their investment focus and current projects. Learn more about the application, matching, and selection process here

Participants work on specific assignments for their firm, ranging from evaluating new market and business opportunities for investment to analyzing specific issues faced by portfolio companies.

All internships are unpaid; however, students may be reimbursed up to $500 for transportation expenses relating to their internships. Some students may stay on with their firm for the summer, in which case they can negotiate separate terms with their respective firm.

Host firms are welcome to have students sign standard non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). However, host firms are prohibited from asking students to sign non-compete agreements.