MSB Launches Alumni Mentorship Program for Undergraduates

January 31, 2008

The Undergraduate Dean's Office at the McDonough School of Business recently teamed up with Georgetown's chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the honors business fraternity, to launch the Young Alumni Mentor Program. The new program is designed to help MSB undergraduates prepare for life after Georgetown by connecting them with successful young alumni.

"This program gives some of our most ambitious undergraduates the opportunity to network with recent graduates and learn from their professional experiences," said Associate Dean Janet Richert, who helped spearhead the creation of the program. "It's going to be an invaluable resource for our students, and I am extremely grateful to all the alumni who decided to give back to Georgetown by serving as mentors."

The Young Alumni Mentor Program matches second and third year undergraduates with MSB alumni who are building successful careers in the Washington, DC area. Once matched, the alumni mentors provide students with practical advice, guidance, and networking opportunities.

MSB and Alpha Kappa Psi celebrated the creation of the new program with a dinner event on January 24th. The event provided a chance for students and their alumni mentors to meet for the first time.

Addressing the students, alumni, faculty and staff who had gathered for the celebration, James Gregoire, an MSB alumnus and chair of the program's steering committee said, "The type of guidance [the alumni] can provide will be immensely useful for students who have yet to determine the right academic or career interests and even for those who have."

The alumni mentors represent various business fields including investment banking, marketing, corporate finance, consulting, and law. They are employed by such well-known companies as Merrill Lynch, MTV Networks, KPMG, Oracle, and IBM. Students were then matched with mentors who share similar interests and career goals. More than 110 students and 35 alumni are involved with the program this semester.

Alumni interested in participating in the Young Alumni Mentor Program are invited to contact the Undergraduate Deans' Office for more information.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit http://www.georgetown.edu.