The concept of being global is multifaceted, which is why the Georgetown McDonough School of Business prepares students to become global-ready leaders by providing a depth of opportunities as only Georgetown can. From international consulting projects to global social internships, our students gain true global experiences. Professors integrate global case studies into the classroom. The school builds a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds and viewpoints.
Georgetown McDonough's global identity is based on three pillars:
D.C. as a Global City
Georgetown McDonough students take advantage of Washington, D.C.’s various global institutions. We also host distinguished world leaders to share their insights with our community.
Tradition of Academic Excellence
Established in 1789, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens.
THE GLOBAL BUSINESS INITIATIVE
Georgetown McDonough created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to lead the school’s global activities, including the signature Global Business Experience and the new Global Business in Practice MOOC. With an advisory board of accomplished global executives, GBI ensures that Georgetown McDonough students are learning at the forefront of emerging issues and trends.
The Global Business Experience
Georgetown McDonough provides all students the opportunity to travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies. The program is required of all graduate students and is an elective for undergraduates. Working in small teams, students partner with executives from different organizations to address complex business challenges.
• Undergraduate students present consulting findings in France
• MBA students provide strategic advice to renewable energy Spanish multinational
• Executive MBA students present Global Capstone project on the Syrian refugee crisis
• Executive Master's in Leadership students promote recycling in South Africa
* Additionally, through career treks MBA students travel domestically and internationally to network and learn about specifics industries. Recent locations include Mexico, Tanzania, and Tel Aviv.
Partnership with the Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown McDonough has partnered with the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), Georgetown's premier school of international affairs, to train students for work at the intersection of international public and private sector activities. Our undergraduate students can take advantage of the Global Business Fellows program, whereas MBA students can pursue a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) also has partnered with SFS, in addition to INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and ESADE Business School in Spain.
Partnerships with Universities Worldwide
Undergraduate students have access to signature global programs that allow them to further their global experience while completing two business courses in prestigious institutions such as ESADE, Oxford University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Full-time MBA students also can choose from semester abroad programs at the London Business School, Beijing International MBA, HEC Paris, ESADE Business School, and IAE Business School. Global Executive MBA students also attend classes at INCAE Business School and ESADE Business School.
Georgetown McDonough also has partnered with Effat University, the first private institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia.
Meaningful Engagements with the D.C. Community
Georgetown McDonough aims to strengthen the nexus between the international organizations based in D.C. and our student community. We nurture these relationships by providing consulting opportunities to students and through signature events held on our campus or at the host organization's venue.
• New design thinking course focuses on “glocal” community
• Ambassador of Panama visits with Global Business Fellows Program students
• MBA students participate in IFC consulting program
• Spanish Ambassador speaks on global business to students
• MBA Program launches Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy
Hoyas for Others
The Global Social Internship Program (GSIP) enables undergraduate students to develop transformative leadership skills related to nonprofit and socially focused enterprises. Our MBA students also are increasingly partaking in a community project at the end of their Global Business Experience residency week.
• MBA students volunteer at a local school in Mexico
• Social Internship Program for undergraduates expands to China
• Evening MBA students work on a service project in Peru
• Executive MBA students open orphanage in Ethiopia
• GEMBA alumni partner to launch the GEMBA Legacy Project