Undergraduate Venture Fellows

Wharton Leadership Ventures invites you to apply to become a Venture Fellow

Venture Fellows are a group of committed students who coordinate and help facilitate the learning opportunities on each venture.  This unique and talented group of students meet weekly throughout the year, participate in annual leadership trainings and have dedicated themselves to being service-focused students.

Venture Fellow Applications Open January 2023!

Spring 2023 Recruiting Timeline:

January 12 – Info Session

January 13 – VF App Opens (click here to apply)

January 17 – Info Table in JMHH Locust Lobby – Chat with a Venture Fellow!

January 20 – VF App Closes

January 26-27 – Interviews

February 4 – 2nd Round In-Person Event (in the morning), Onboarding Event for New VFs (in the evening)

February 10-12 – MANDATORY VF Training and Onboarding (overnight)

Note: Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is absolutely not necessary to apply for the fellowship.

The Role of a VF

Venture Fellows are carefully selected Freshman & Sophomore leaders who possess the following competencies:  Leadership Character, Diplomacy, Emotional Intelligence, Adaptability and Resilience, and Effective Communication.   Each year, approximately ~6-8 diverse and compassionate students are selected to serve as Venture Fellows for their remaining years at Penn.

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 of the program.


Expedition Training (Fall Break) – October 5-9, 2022

Expedition Training occurs annually over Fall Break and is free of cost. Venture Fellows are expected to attend 100% of the scheduled training and to be both physically, emotionally and mentally prepared for the training. This training is a four-day overnight training program that prepares VFs to gain more comfort in “the field,” and build skills in facilitation, group dynamics, technical outdoor skills, plus giving and receiving feedback.  By working together in an uncomfortable environment, VFs will build empathy for their participants and build stronger rapport with one another.

Spring Training – February 10-12, 2023

The annual 1-2 Day Facilitation Training occurs in the spring and focuses on team building, facilitation and debriefing techniques. Team-building activities and introductory leadership training activities are also conducted in this time. There will be a secondary focus on technical skills necessary for being out in the field.

Your peers, the Associate Director, MLP Staff and external partners may also lead trainings throughout the year at Venture Fellow Meetings. Topics for these trainings can include, but are not limited to: Team Building, Debriefing, Emotional Intelligence, Feedback and Creating a Positive Group Culture.

VF Meetings (Spring 2023 – TBD)

The VFs meet weekly to discuss upcoming ventures and focus on developing their skills and engage in professional development opportunities.

Meet the Venture Fellows!

  • Learn more about the 2021-22 group of Venture Fellows via these profiles

Spring 2023 Info Session Deck

  • Stay tuned for the link to this upcoming January’s info session slide deck.


Erica Montemayor, Associate Director