Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)

Application for 2021 BUILD opens May 15, 2021.

The Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD) program was launched in 2013 as a one-week pre-orientation opportunity for the incoming first-year and transfer students from all backgrounds. The program aims to provide a foundation for business success as students transition into college. Recently, the program was expanded beyond the one-week program and offers programming throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students focus on effective communication, discuss global and social leadership, and foster a sense of curiosity for the business world. In particular students:

  • Receive instruction from McDonough faculty in key business areas (i.e. accounting, finance, marketing, international business, business ethics, and entrepreneurship);
  • Engage in mentorship activities with their upper-level BUILD peers;
  • Participate in local corporate visits to prestigious organizations (PwC, Google, Oracle, Capital One, Deloitte, 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/connections, and alumni interactions, students develop a substantial network and skills to help them succeed with their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Student Experience

​”Besides deciding to commit to Georgetown, the best decision I ever made was applying to BUILD! In a year of virtual learning when I was taking classes remotely, BUILD allowed me to meet new people, make new friends, learn about Georgetown and the MSB, and feel a part of the Georgetown community without even stepping foot on campus. My BUILD mentor was always there to offer advice on club interviews, how to study for exams, etc, and has become one of my closest friends at Georgetown. As I head into my sophomore year, I am so excited to be a BUILD mentor and help welcome in the next class of BUILD mentees!”​

Emily Baker, B’24

BUILD allowed me to meet and connect with my closest friends at Georgetown and was an incredibly strong foundation for the rest of my first year experience. The opportunities that BUILD allows you to have are unparalleled, and I could not recommend a stronger program to join.

Viha Vishwanathan, B’24

“BUILD has given me the motivation and guidance to excel. From meeting peers with a broad set of interests and paths, I am inspired to begin my business journey. I really could not have asked for a better group of instant friends.”

Sachi Tejani, B’24

“Apart from being an unforgettable introduction to The Hilltop, perhaps the most beautiful aspect of BUILD is how it unifies students from a large spectrum of backgrounds, experiences, and talents. We all bring something unique to the table and BUILD creates a space where everyone is able to learn from each other and grow as individuals.”

Carlos Rosario, B’23

“I can’t imagine what my first year of college would be like without BUILD. I learned so much about all of the opportunities that the MSB and Georgetown more broadly have to offer while meeting people who are now some of my closest friends.”

Anusha Kuppahally, B’23

“BUILD has made my time at the hilltop and the MSB feel like home. I have been able to create lifelong friendships with so many students from different backgrounds and with different passions. BUILD was truly a fantastic pre-orientation program, and I am grateful for everything it has given me.” ​

Genevieve ​​Domenico, B’23

“Being part of BUILD has allowed me to have a family within the Business School and cannot imagine a better pre-orientation program experience.”

Victor Love, B’22