SmartStart Program

The SmartStart Program is a series of workshops, panels, and events that equip a diverse pool of first- and second-year students with the tools for academic, personal, and professional success. In keeping with the Jesuit ideal of “women and men for others,” participants are mentored by peers who have previously completed the program. The program was launched in partnership with PwC, and students also are mentored by Georgetown alumni who work at the company. In addition, as a result of their participation in SmartStart, several students have been hired as interns at PwC.

SmartStart Sessions
  • Faculty Voices, Academic Choices
  • There's an App for That
  • Let's Go Global
  • Personal Brand Management
  • Thinking Outside the Box
  • What Would Leaders Do
  • Coaching Conversations with Faculty and Deans


BUILD (Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development) is a week-long pre-orientation program for first-year business students that teaches the importance of effective communication, principled leadership, and integrated business knowledge. The intensive program focuses on academic achievement and relationship building. Through BUILD, we help create a larger pool of alumni in business who become leaders for diversity and inclusion within their field of work.

BUILD Program Components
  • Six academic mini-modules taught by McDonough faculty
  • Career treks to companies in the Washington, D.C., area
  • Leadership lectures with university executives and corporate leaders
  • Peer mentoring
  • ReBUILD, reunion-like activities focused on community service, academic advising, and peer networking