The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. This summer’s program will be the 32nd anniversary of SVMP.

An annual event at HBS, this unique educational experience helps participants develop a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the many dimensions of the business world, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through business leadership.

Using the renowned case method of instruction, HBS faculty lead class discussions on current management issues. Participants spend evenings analyzing real-business cases, and use morning study groups and classes to examine and debate their ideas through lively interaction with peers and faculty. This is the life of an MBA student at HBS. The academic program is supplemented by presentations from HBS administrators and alumni who provide information about the impact of an MBA.

While attendance in SVMP does not guarantee admission to HBS, participants are encouraged to consider a graduate business degree after completing their undergraduate education. Not being admitted to SVMP does not affect an applicant’s admission to the MBA program at a future date. Admission to both programs (SVMP and MBA) is highly competitive.

Who Can Participate?

SVMP participants must be employed in a summer internship and be nominated by and have sponsorship from their company or organization to attend. Given the current economic climate, finding a summer internship is going to be challenging. We strongly recommend that you start looking today. Sponsoring organizations can include public or private companies, government agencies or entities, and non-profit organizations. In addition, applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents, and must be rising college seniors who have completed their junior year of college by June 2014

Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and personal characteristics. Academic studies in the field of business are not necessary for selection in this program. Participants are expected to participate in the entire program.

Consistent with the objective of promoting educational diversity and opportunity in business leadership, additional criteria to be considered among others, are whether the applicant is:

  • the first family member to attend college;
  • a member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g. African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender);
  • from a family with little business education or experience;
  • from a school whose graduates are sometimes underrepresented (e.g. attends a community college as part of a four-year degree or attends a predominately minority college).

Travel reimbursement is available for demonstrated financial hardship. Admitted students will be given information on how to request travel reimbursement.