The Alternative Investments Initiative connects Wharton students with a global network of corporate leaders and scholars conducting the newest research.

The Initiative offers students opportunities to develop real-world skills, work with leading faculty, and make alumni or corporate connections. Our research and curriculum provides deep learning opportunities for students with an interest in alternative investments management.

Student Clubs

Interested in joining a group working on alternative investments at Wharton? Want to discuss the latest in investing theory? Curious about careers in finance? Please visit the Club sites:

The Private Equity &
Venture Capital Club

Wharton students working with the Initiative to make Wharton the thought leader in alternative investments.

Wharton Hedge Fund Club
A hub for learning more about hedge funds.

Wharton Restructuring & Distressed Investment Club
Watch this space for photos and a wrapup from their 13th annual conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 24, 2017.

Wharton Investment Management Club View the speaker lineup for the Club’s 18th Annual Conference at the Union League, Philadelphia, on November 4, 2016

Student Activities

Below are some of the student activities that AII has sponsored and supported. Do you have great ideas for additional activities, or are you interested in alternative investment research? Let us know!

Whiskey Night
AII Faculty spoke about their program to the PE/VC Club on February 16, 2016. We are looking forward to next year’s event!

AII Blog!
The Initiative would like to launch an official Blog features news and articles on alternative investments. The Blog is always looking for student writers; please email us if you are interested in volunteering.

Student Research

Students at Wharton are invited to undertake research projects on alternative investments as summer research assistants or as interns in the industry. To to find out about available positions, please contact our AII Director of Financial Research, or visit the University of Pennsylvania’s Research Directory.

If you would like to share your research pertaining to alternative investments, please contact us. We would like to feature your work here on the website.

Career Resources

Find out what career services are available to students.