Undergraduate Venture Fellows

WLV 2020 - 2021 Update

[December 2020 Update] At this time, due to the current pandemic conditions, we do not have a timetable for 2021 undergraduate ventures. Correspondingly, we have postponed recruiting new Venture Fellows to the 2021-22 academic year.

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.  Applications to become a Venture Fellow are accepted in the spring semester.

Venture Fellow Applications Open January 16-28, 2020!

Info Session: Wednesday, January 21st at 5pm

Questions?  Chat with a Venture Fellow at our info table in Huntsman Hall Locust Lobby all day on January 21st 

Spring 2020 Application Timeline
  • Applications Open: January 16
  • Applications Due: January 28
  • Interviews: January 31
  • Invite-only 2nd Round: February 1

We encourage you to talk with any Venture Fellow, Associate Director Erica Montemayor, or Program Manager Christine Fisher.

You may also direct questions to wlpventures_ug@wharton.upenn.edu.

Prior participation in a Wharton Leadership Venture is not necessary.

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 7-10 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.


Onboarding (Spring): February 7 – 8 

All new VFs meet with the current VF group to gain more insight into the program, their role, and learn current offerings for the year. Team building activities and introductory leadership training activities are conducted by the Associate Director. There will be a focus on technical skills necessary for being out in the field.

Facilitation Training (Spring) – Coincides with Onboarding, February 7 – 8

The annual 2-3 Day Facilitation Training occurs in the spring and focuses on team building, facilitation and debriefing techniques. Peer, Associate Director, MLP Staff and external partners will 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.

Expedition Training (Fall Break) – October 1 – 4

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 5 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.

VF Meetings (Weekly) – 6pm – 7pm

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



Erica Montemayor, Associate Director

Christine Fisher,
Program Manager

Jules Roy, Senior Associate Director