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Private Equity & Venture Capital
Online Course & Internship

Private Equity & Venture Capital Online
Course & Internship

Learn how to assess risks and influence the future.
For any major. No experience required.
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Upcoming dates
Spring 2021
Jan 25 - Apr 16

Enable growth.

That’s the function of venture capital and private equity investing, in a nutshell. In a course covering VC and PE (as they’re known in the industry), you’ll learn how to analyze and evaluate potential investments, conduct the various steps in the investment process, and how investment exit strategies are developed and implemented. This is the ideal skill set for those looking to shape the future. What can we say? Money talks.

Matt Klein, 2016 Alum
Now working as Equity Research Associate at Franklin Templeton
"During the course we focused on start up evaluation and how to build efficient financial models to better assess investment risk. The knowledge gained led to me working with a team of other students on a start up venture of our own. The start-up has given me an environment to hone the skills I learned in the classroom."

Our Private Equity & Venture Capital alumni have gone on to work at

First, build an in-depth, practical skill set.

Career Semester classes prepare you to create real-world value with just a few weeks of intensive learning.
VC & PE Fundamentals
Venture Capital and Private Equity industries, strategies for fundraising and mandates and funding models.
Investment Process
Business plan and management team assessment, risk analysis and mitigation, due diligence and value addition planning.
Financial Reporting
Income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements and statements of changes in equity.
Instruments and Tools
TVM, Discounted Cash Flows (DCFs), and other equity valuation techniques.
Best practices for post-investment value creation.
Future of VC & PE
Comprehend global issues and developments and how they impact the future of VC & PE.

Then apply your new skills in an internship.

See how past students have created huge value in just a few weeks.

Note that our partner companies and projects may change from year to year.


Based in Cape Town. Tap to learn more.

A truly African investment and advisory firm, where investors gain insight into and fund the continent’s most promising and profitable ideas.

Athena Capital

Based in Cape Town. Tap to learn more.

More than just an investment firm, Athena Capital focuses on bringing businesses the tools they need to grow and deliver exceptional returns to investors.

Alpha Wealth

Based in Cape Town. Tap to learn more.

As one of South Africa’s wealthiest independent advisory firms, Alpha Wealth has a front-row seat to the global movement of money.

Meet your teacher, mentor, friend.

All of our teachers have backgrounds in both academia and industry, so they can teach you solid fundamentals and how to apply your knowledge.
Lebogang Poonyane
CEO at Global Capital Empowerment Private Equity Fund

Working as an entrepreneur and investor for over 15 years, Lebogang has extensive experience in strategy and private equity in Africa, Europe, and the US. In 2016 he co-founded the Global Capital Empowerment Fund with the mission of providing services to mid-sized businesses that need strategic direction, funding, and enhanced access to markets.

Join a global network of exceptional students.

Career Semester is powered by iXperience’s education platform. After the program, you’ll join an elite alumni network for life.
Zachary Hoexter
Columbia University Class of 2023

The program covers the exact combination of learning and experience that is not offered in a traditional college classroom until upperclassman years. If you are interested in finance, this is the perfect and only opportunity as an underclassman to learn new skills and apply those at real financial services companies or projects.

Annie Li
Boston College Class of 2023

The program helped me to understand and gain the skills that are required to enter the financial industry. Beyond just the skills, with the incredible teaching team who was always there whenever we needed help, I learned more about myself too.

Sarah McEachern
Middlebury College Class of 2021

This was a great experience coming from a liberal arts background to get into the more technical aspects of finance that I can’t learn at school. The program was excellent in helping me fill gaps as well as prepare me for a future career in the finance industry.

Edward Shen
University of Virginia Class of 2022

During the program I felt that I really learned a lot about many different parts of finance. I was able to use what I learned in class and apply it to a real world project during my internship.

Ashley Castillo
UPenn Class of 2018

My internship meant starting my day at 9am and doing some research on a current issue and our client, then we would prepare for meetings/presentations with our manager. What I enjoy most about my internship is that I feel like I am actually working on a real project.

How Career Semester works.

First four weeks: Online course
Learn from industry experts in small, live seminars.
Monday & Wednesday, 10pm-midnight EST.
Catch-up classes & recordings in case you miss.
Sets you up to create value in your internship.
Next eight weeks: Online internship
Guaranteed placement at an impressive company.
9 hours / week average commitment, with a flexible work schedule.
Additional classes & teacher support so you keep learning.

We're committed to improving access to education.

We offer need-based financial aid and scholarships to enable access to our programs.

More about tuition and financial aid

Dates and deadlines.

Program dates

January 25 - April 16, 2021.

You'll participate in your online course and internship during the week at a schedule that is manageable with your existing college workload.

Application deadlines  

Final deadline: January 7

Our programs are filling up fast—apply soon to increase your chance of admission and access to financial aid.

Private Equity & Venture Capital is full for Spring 2021.

Choose a course that's open before spots fill up!