MBA Venture Fellows
The Georgetown MBA Venture Fellows Program is designed as a unique one-year apprenticeship in a venture capital or private equity firm. Students gain valuable hands-on experience in VC/PE, while firms benefit from high-quality work and the continuity of having an “intern” for longer than a few weeks.
The MBA Venture Fellows program is run by the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative in conjunction with the McDonough School of Business MBA Program, the MBA Career Center, along with generous assistance from a faculty group led by Professors Sezer Ulku, Sandeep Dahiya, and Jeff Reid.
Current Venture Fellows
Elizabeth Fairchild — Blu Venture Investors
Before joining Blu, Liz served as Director of Research for Portico Policy Advisors, where she advised high tech, auto industry, and media clients on strategic positioning and policy. Concurrent with Portico, she served as Director of Research & Operations for Business Forward, a trade association fostering relationships between policymakers, foundations, VCs, entrepreneurs, and small business leaders. Liz has also worked for a veteran-owned defense contractor, The Aspen Institute,and a venture-backed online video production company, Animoto. She holds a BA in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Blu Venture Investors is comprised of experienced, primary source venture capitalists
that support early stage entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic Region – Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and North Carolina.
Erika Wohl — Rethink Impact
Rethink Impact is the largest, US-based impact venture capital firm with a gender lens that invests in female leaders using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Alex Poulin — Lavrock Ventures
Before joining Lavrock, Alex worked as a Manager for Deloitte’s Advisory Consulting practice, where he played a lead role in managing project teams and advising clients in the Financial Services Industry on a variety of business and technology related challenges. He currently serves on the board of Washington DC’s InSITE Fellowship as VP of Partnerships, where he meets with founders and company leaders to execute short-term strategy consulting projects for venture-funded startups.Alex holds a BBA in Economics from Temple University, and is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Lavrock is a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology investments at the intersection of enterprise software, cyber security, and national security.
Darshan Shah — Scout Ventures
Before joining Scout, Darshan worked as an Associate in Deutsche Bank’s Sales & Trading division, where he managed client relationships in the asset management, pension fund, and insurance space. Darshan was also tasked to find and optimize alpha based strategies to maximize portfolio performance. He currently serves on the board of Washington DC’s InSITE Fellowship as VP of Sourcing, where he meets with early stage companies to find unique strategy consulting projects for future MBA students.He holds a BS in Finance from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Scout Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that is making the world a better, safer place by cultivating standout frontier technologies built by hard-to-access founders
Ben Pincus — In-Q-Tel
Before joining In-Q-Tel, Ben worked as a Senior Associate for KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice, where he assisted Fortune 500 companies and startups in evaluating their acquisitions and internal capital structures as well as advised on international reorganizations and legal entity structures. He currently serves on the board of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club as VP of Finance. Ben holds a BS in Economics and Math from George Washington Univeristy, and is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
In-Q-Tel is the strategic investor for the U.S. intelligence and defense communities that identifies and adapts cutting-edge technologies that contribute to national security capabilities.
Christine Steele — Sands Capital Ventures
Prior to attending the McDonough School of Business and joining Sands Capital Ventures, Christy worked for ten years as a film producer and senior photo editor, leading creative and strategic initiatives at organizations like National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, and Science Magazine. In addition to leading photo shoots and creating award-winning photography at Science Magazine, Christy designed and built a digital asset management system and created the first international video competition. As a small business owner, she also created marketing videos, consulted for small businesses, and attended nationwide events to meet and learn with other filmmakers and producers, and develop her documentary film series, Uncovering Passion.
Sands Capital Management was founded in 1992 and manages over $40B in assets that are invested in public equities. Sands Capital Ventures is the venture capital affiliate of SCM and invests in entrepreneurs building businesses in three dynamic, high-growth markets: Life Sciences, Technology, and Global Consumer.
General Calendar of Application, Selection, Fellowship
The MBA Venture Fellows are selected in January/February and during the spring semester work approximately 10 hours per week for a venture firm doing tasks such as due diligence, deal sourcing, and assisting portfolio companies. During the summer, the Fellow works full-time as a summer intern in the firm, and may be paid a market-rate wage, which varies by firm. When the fall semester starts, the Fellow goes back to part-time work for approximately 10 hours per week. The apprenticeship ends in December, although the Fellow may continue to work for the firm after that time if both parties so desire. Fellows are eligible to receive academic credit during the spring and fall semesters by completing an independent tutorial project with a faculty sponsor.
Jobs are posted by January and Fellows are selected by February, with the students starting their apprenticeship in early February running through December. Look to the right for a rough program timeline:
Tue Oct 1: Request Venture Fellow Job Descriptions from VC firms (undergrad and MBA) via Google doc
Mon Oct 14 at 5pm ET: Deadline for VCs to submit Job Descriptions via Google docs
Thu Oct 17: Career Centers post Job Descriptions to go live Friday, Oct 18 at 9am ET
Fri Oct 18: Applications for Venture Fellows go live in Handshake and MCV
Mon Oct 28: Deadline to apply for Venture Fellows roles
Wed Oct 30: Resumes/cover letter to VCs for interview selection
Wed Nov 6: Deadline for VCs to select interviews from resumes
Mon Nov 11: Students notified of interviews
Mon Nov 18: Speed Interviewing Night, 5-9pm, Fisher Colloquium
Tue Nov 19-Fri Dec 6: VC and students finalize offers/accepts
Mon Jan 13: Venture Fellows begin work