FELLOWSHIPS

About Our Fellowships

Our Fellowships (HBCU, 50 South, and PledgeLA) serve as launching pads for those looking to enter the venture capital, tech, and entrepreneurship industries. The selection process for prospective Fellows focuses on placing top-tier talent in comprehensive and fulfilling experiences within the VC ecosystem through paid summer internships hosted by HBCUvc partner firms. Ahead of their 8-to-10 week internship, Fellows will gain foundational knowledge around venture capital, learn through real-world examples and formalized training, obtain exposure to our Lab Fund clinic, and have opportunities to participate in our mentoring program, networking events, professional development sessions, and more.

Summer fellowship placements are offered through three separate groupings based on HBCU affiliation (HBCU cohort — various internship sites across the U.S.) and geographic location of our partner firms (50South in Chicago, IL & PledgeLA in Los Angeles, CA).


HBCU Fellowship

Includes a 10-week full-time, paid, in-person program (firm locations throughout the U.S)

Our HBCU cohort is specifically for students and recent alumni of historically Black colleges and universities. This program is for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni (graduated within the past three years). Fellows who are accepted will receive two weeks of foundational investment and entrepreneurship training, followed by ten weeks of hands-on, paid experience during their summer internship at an HBCUvc partner venture capital firm.

HBCU Applications

Applications for the 2023 HBCU Fellowship open August 29th 2022. Fill out our interest form for up to date application details!

2022-2023 Application Deadlines

1st Cycle Timeline

2nd Cycle Timeline

3rd Cycle Timeline

50 South Fellowship

Includes 10-weeks full-time, paid, in-person program in Chicago

Our 50 South cohort is designed for students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate-level) and recent alumni (graduates within the past two years) who are interested in building a career in venture capital against the Windy City backdrop. Fellows who are accepted will receive two weeks of fundamental investment and entrepreneurship training, followed by eight weeks of hands-on experience during their summer internship at a 50 South partner venture capital firm in Chicago.

50 South Applications

Applications for the 2023 50 South Fellowship open August 29th 2022. Fill out our interest form for up to date application details!

2022-2023 Application Deadlines

1st Cycle Timeline

2nd Cycle Timeline

3rd Cycle Timeline

PledgeLA Summer Fellowship

10-week full-time paid, in-person program in Los Angeles


Our PledgeLA cohort is designed for high-performing students and recent alumni interested in venture capital with a strong connection to the Los Angeles ecosystem (e.g. familiarity with the area, interest in launching or building a career in the Los Angeles area.). This internship is for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni (graduated within the past two years). Fellows who are accepted will receive two weeks of foundational investment and entrepreneurship training—one week of virtual sessions during the spring and one week of in-person programming prior to the internship start date—followed by eight weeks of hands-on experience during their summer internship at a venture capital firm.


More information on the PledgeLA cohort can be found here.

PledgeLA Applications

Applications for the 2022 Summer Fellowship are closed.

Applications for the 2023 PledgeLA Summer Fellowship will open in August 2022. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on application details!

Fellowship Benefits and Outcomes

  • Paid internship experience

  • Direct entry-point and connections in venture capital industry

  • An introduction to Venture Capital and fundamentals training including:


★ VC Foundations

★ VC Technicals

★ Career Pathways

★ Relationship and Career Building

★ Equity-Based Investing As a Lens


  • Vast networking opportunities amongst cohort, program alumni, and VC professionals

  • Mentoring

  • Increased awareness of the identity and expertise of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx investors and entrepreneurs

  • Heightened understanding of stakeholders within their host cities’ startup ecosystem

  • Access to opportunities, resources, and support within the VC industry



Inspired by HBCUs’ commitment to maintaining connections to its community members, HBCUvc prides itself on being a lifelong champion of our Fellows by offering resources and support throughout their careers and professional trajectories.


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