BUILD Coordinators


The Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD) program was launched in 2013 as a pre-orientation opportunity. It provides an intensive business and leadership development curriculum for incoming first-year and transfer students from all backgrounds and offers them a foundation for success as they transition into college. This one-week program prizes effective communication, principled leadership, and a curiosity for the business world. Students in this program:

  • Receive instruction from McDonough faculty in key business areas (i.e. accounting, finance, marketing, international business, and business ethics)
  • Engage in mentorship activities with their upper-level BUILD peers
  • Participate in local corporate visits to prestigious organizations (PwC, Google, Oracle, Capital One, Monumental Sports, etc.), where they meet corporate leaders and Georgetown alumni with the purpose of developing a deeper appreciation of the business world
  • Attend leadership lectures with university’s executives and corporate leaders to develop networking and business communication skills

​Through academic instruction, mentorship activities, corporate visits, and alumni interactions, students develop substantial skills related to their academic, personal, and professional domains.

Academic Outcomes

  • Discover the value of teamwork in academic settings
  • Develop a better awareness and appreciation of the key business areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operatons and information management
  • Develop the awareness and ability to explore majors and select a suitable career track that leverages their intellectual and personal strengths
  • Enhance communication skills

Personal Outcomes

  • Develop a deeper awareness of self and identity, as well as individual strengths in relation to others
  • Acquire the skills and abilities for exploring and identifying sustainable communities and enhanced social connections
  • Develop the ability to identify resources and leverage personal strengths
  • Enhance interpersonal skills

Professional Outcomes

  • Become acutely aware of how to identify and engage in professional opportunities
  • Expand networking skills
  • Utilize newly learned networking skills, make industry connections, and identify appropriate internship and other opportunities to make decisions that will serve as the foundation for future profession(s)
  • Enhance business and communication skills

Student Experience

“I still vividly remember and look fondly back to memories as a BUILD mentee, during my summer before freshman year. BUILD not only offered me a variety of professional and academic experiences that helped me ease into Georgetown, but also provided me the opportunity to explore the multidimensionality of today’s business world. Above all, I found a group of friends and a family away from home. When I have problems, I can always reach out to my day ones from BUILD. To me, it is an experience that continues to have a positive impact on my time at Georgetown.”

-Lin Yuan, B’19 

“BUILD was the first of many blessings Georgetown granted me. The love and support from the community gave me the confidence to attack my first year on the Hilltop knowing I had a strong foundation to fall back on. In addition to the benefits of moving in early, meeting professors before classes, and acclimating myself to campus before New Student Orientation, BUILD gave me a family I continue to rely on.”

-Carter Owen, B’20

“BUILD made the Hilltop authentic for me. One thing that plagues a lot of students when they come to Georgetown is they overcommit to things they don’t actually want to be involved in because they’re looking for some form of community. BUILD prepped me by giving me my own community before this pressure kicked in, and because of that I was able to join things I was truly passionate about being involved in. BUILD has set me up for success from the very start of my Georgetown career, and I’m truly grateful for everything it has given me and continues to give me.”

-Bryce Badger, B’21