McDonough School of Business

Career Experience for MBA Students

The McDonough Career Center and MBA student organizations provide numerous opportunities for you to execute your personalized career plan, interact with alumni and key players in business, and discover your targeted functions, industries, and companies. The following is a sample of events you can expect to participate in as early as your first month on campus.

Industry Coaches and Peer Advisors

Our Industry Practice Leader Coaching Model provides a major advantage to our students. Many schools use generic career coaches, but our industry-oriented coaches coach you through the job search process and also manage the relationships with the alumni and recruiters in their respective industries. Their industry knowledge and relationships are critical to the recruitment process. We also hire over 30 Peer Advisors from the second-year MBA class that take appointments along with the coaches to deliver career clarification conversations, resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews, mock interviews, and networking strategy.

Our Industry Practice Leader Coaching Model covers the following 14 industries:

Student Organizations

Georgetown McDonough has a multitude of engaging student organizations that are critical in helping to shape your post-MBA career possibilities. Ranging from professionally minded clubs to student interest associations, student organizations lead activities and events including guest speakers, Career Days, career treks, and social events. Student organizations are open to Full-time and Flex MBA students. Additionally, students can impact the future of the business school through participation in the MBA Full-time Student Government Association (SGA-FT) and the MBA Flex Student Government Association (SGA-FX).

Career Days

Arranged by MBA student organizations, these full-day events bring together MBA students, faculty, alumni, and top MBA employers to discuss MBA career paths. These business-formal educational events mark the start of your external networking. Career Days offer a great opportunity to explore MBA career functions and paths and are scheduled on Fridays throughout the fall semester.

Career Days typically include:

Career Treks

Through career treks, MBA students travel domestically and internationally to network with alumni and learn about specific industries.

Sample Treks:

Washington D.C. Treks

Participating Employers: The World Bank, International Finance Corporation, HelloWallet, Personal, Exxon Mobil, Opower, and more.

Consulting Trek (D.C., and New York)

Participating Employers: Deloitte, Capgemini, Accenture, PwC, and more.

Cal Trek (San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Participating Employers: Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Twitter, Salesforce, Adobe, Chegg, Andreessen Horowitz, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, and more.

Energy Trek (Houston)

Participating Employers: Shell Corp., Nobel Energy, Capgemini, NRG Energy, and more.

Entrepreneurship Trek (D.C., and New York)

Participating Employers: EverFi, Optoro, Halcyon House, Social Tables, 1776, Trackmaven, Google, CommonBond, Pymetrics, Gotham Ventures, Grand Central Tech, and more.

Healthcare Trek (New Jersey, New York, and Boston)

Participating Employers: Merck, Novo Nordisk, GlaxoSmithKline, Athenahealth, and more.

International Treks

Past locations include: Dubai, Hong Kong, London, and Madrid.

Marketing Trek (New Jersey, Chicago, and New York)

Participating Employers: American Express, PepsiCo, Citigroup, SC Johnson, and more.

Wall Street/Real Estate Trek (New York)

Participating Employers: Tishman Speyer, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Carlyle Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Nomura, Wells Fargo, BMO Capital Markets, and more.

National Organization and Diversity Career Fairs

The McDonough Career Center proudly supports MBA organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the workforce. These organizations hold conferences every year and offer some of the largest MBA career fairs in the country. The McDonough Career Center holds a Career Fair Boot Camp annually in September to prepare students and also provides on-site coaching for our students at some of the larger events. These events are a great way to connect with companies and recruiters, and some career fairs are open to all students. Please visit the organization’s websites for more information:

Virtual Career Services

A comprehensive website for all MBA career information, McDonough Career View is our internal career services resource where you can find job postings, extensive data on internship and full-time hiring, company contact information, and subscription access to premium tools like MBA-Exchange, Interstride, Big Interview, and FirstHand.

Resources for International Students

McDonough prides ourselves on providing a global experience and that includes extensive career support for students from outside the United States. International students will find workshops and advising to support the networking, hiring, and visa application processes that are key to finding employment within the United States. MBA students are eligible to pursue a STEM designation along with their degree which may provide international students with three years of work experience under OPT.