McDonough Undergraduate Engagement Opportunities for Spring 2021
Below you will find a plethora of opportunities that connect classroom experiences with what is happening in the co-curricular and professional development space. As you review the events, opportunities, and programs, the Undergraduate Program Office welcomes your outreach to any member of our team to enhance your Hoya journey.
McDonough Programs and Services
Offered through Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program.
Faculty Mentoring Program (First-Years Only)
We know that making connections and engaging with your fellow Hoyas can seem daunting under normal circumstances. That is why we launched the McDonough Faculty Mentoring Program for incoming first-year students this fall. Faculty members mentor and guide first-year students to build deep connections during the virtual transition into McDonough.
Peer Ambassador Programming & Events (First-Years and New Transfers Only)
Remember to reach out to your Peer Ambassador (PA) if you have any questions about getting connected to different events or student organizations. The PAs also send out a weekly blog with tips and advice about Georgetown. Also, they will host social events, academic programs (e.g. how to prepare for your first accounting exam), and study groups throughout the semester. Look out for outreach from your PA about these and other events.
Caffeine with the Dean
Academic deans set aside time each semester and invite students to have an informal catch up over a cup of coffee or tea. This is a time for students to chat with their academic dean about updates in their lives, current events, or anything that is on their mind. While the events are currently being held virtually, they are a continuation of an on-campus program where students meet with their academic deans informally at a coffee shop on campus.
Bringing Our Horizons Home to the Hilltop Alumni Connections
Bringing Our Horizons Home to the Hilltop is a series of high-impact, transformative learning opportunities inviting you to connect in significant ways with the pioneering and innovative voices of some of our most prominent young alumni. Spring sessions are coming soon.
McDonough Initiative on Student Formation and Well-Being
The McDonough Initiative on Student Formation and Well-Being is a multi-prong effort to connect with students around their well-being, including:
- Join us every week on the McDonough Undergraduate Instagram account for the latest wellness tips and tricks.
- The John Main Center offers a contemplative sacred space in the heart of the Georgetown University campus. Through regular meditation sessions and special events, offered in a spirit of friendship and openness to all, the John Main Center (JMC) shares the gift of the contemplative path with the Georgetown Community and beyond. McDonough welcomes you to McDonough Meditation Wednesdays 11-11:30 a.m. | McDonough Mediation Wednesdays Zoom Room
- For All Students, Staff, AAP, Faculty: M-F Daily | 12:30-1 p.m. | Weekly Meditation Zoom Room
- For more information on JMC’s meditation offerings. Contact us at the JMC: email@example.com to receive our JMC Newsletter and for upcoming events.
Engage with Centers and Initiatives (fellowships, research, investment funds, etc.)
MSBeep Texting Platform
MSBeep is a two-way text messaging platform for students to connect with their dean and members of the McDonough Undergraduate Program. In addition, students will receive targeted and timely communications about events, deadlines, and opportunities for engagement. Sign up to join MSBeep.
Sophomore Summit: A Signature Series for Sophomores
Sophomore Summit is broken into two sessions. In Session I, students will explore how their values align with their academic and career goals/path. Between Session I and Session II, students will use Hoya Gateway or LinkedIn to reach out to alumni, Peer Ambassadors or Career Peer Advisors to help explore their interests. In Session II, students share what they learned and go over a timeline for Major Declaration, Study Abroad, Fellowships, Research opportunities and Spring/Summer Recruitment and Summer Internships.
Prep: Make an appointment to meet with a Peer Career Advisor for a mock interview, resume/cover letter review, networking expertise and more, to prepare for spring semester interviews for summer internships/jobs (across all industries). You can schedule an appointment to meet with a McDonough Peer Career Advisor on Handshake.
Bootcamps: If you decide you want to explore finance and consulting career paths, then consider participating in a McDonough Career Development Center sponsored boot camp workshop from Training the Street (finance) or Management Consulted (consulting).
Explore: Participate in a virtual Friday in the Field and/or Trek to explore workplaces and get a deeper sense of the day-to-day life at various types of organizations. In the past, Fridays in the Field have gone places like Marriott, Ashoka, Tableau, and more, Treks to NYC and Boston have taken students to SiriusXM, Estee Lauder, Google, HubSpot and more.
Clarify: Career Clarification Workshops and signature programs like First Year Career Hacks, Sophomore Summit, and Senior Game Plan will be offered throughout the spring semester. Utilize assessment resources like Career Leader and Values Assessments by scheduling a one-on-one career advising appointment through Handshake.
Network: Announcing McDonough Connect on Hoya Gateway: McDonough Connect facilitates virtual networking among all McDonough students and alumni. Set up phone/video calls or coffee chats to learn more about their careers and get advice about how to approach their industry – internship hiring timelines, etc. Staying connected and remaining active in the McDonough community while taking advantage of our global alumni network will benefit you over the course of your career as you live out the Jesuit principles of service to the community.
Workshops: What to do with your First-Year Summer Workshop co-sponsored with Peer Ambassador program (First-Year Only)
A Day in the Life: Host a Hoya Shadow Program over winter break. This is an international virtual opportunity to get to know alumni across diverse career paths.
For any questions about internship and career opportunities, do not hesitate to reach out to Talia Schatz, director, McDonough Undergraduate Career Development Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McDonough Global Case Team (MGCT) is composed of ambitious business students interested in participating in national and international case competitions that address a contemporary business problem and offer recommendations. Students who wish to use their business acumen to tackle business issues faced by various public and private sectors are welcome to apply. For more information, please contact Monija Amani, senior assistant dean and director, global programs and partnerships.
McDonough Business Strategy Challenge (MBSC)
The McDonough Business Strategy Challenge (MBSC) is led by a group of talented business student leaders who host an international business competition each spring. Teams of four students and their faculty advisers from around the globe travel to Georgetown to participate in this prestigious event to compete, expand their network, and build friendships. MBSC 2021 will take place virtually next February. If you are interested in learning about and joining this organization, please contact Monija Amani, senior assistant dean and director, global programs and partnerships.
McDonough Lecture Series
Custom McDonough Virtual Backgrounds
Remember to download and use one of these fun, customized virtual backgrounds!
Entrepreneurship and Upcoming Georgetown Entrepreneurship Events
Entrepreneurship is one of the world’s most potent forces for positive change. Georgetown Entrepreneurship seeks to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in students, to foster an entrepreneurial culture across the university, to support the successful growth of alumni ventures, and to leverage the power of entrepreneurship to make an impact in the world beyond Georgetown.
- Jan. 27: Spring Rocket Pitch Competition
- March 2: Georgetown Startup Career Fair
- McDermott Rise: Venture Accelerator for Black Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs of Color (Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis)
Undergraduate Research Programs
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): Our McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) offers students from all class years the opportunity to conduct original research on a topic of their interest. Students conduct their research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and the support of the undergraduate program. By working one-on-one with a faculty member, students learn how to use the research process to inform and understand real-world problems. SURF participants write up their findings in a research paper that is published on our website and present their findings to the Georgetown community. The fellowship awards range from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on the research timeline. Applications for summer 2021 are accepted on a rolling basis through February 2021. For more information, please contact Daniela Brancaforte, senior assistant dean and director, strategic initiatives.
- McDonough Research Weeks: Beginning in February, we will host a series of virtual events with our undergraduate researchers who will present their research findings from the past summer. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members are encouraged and invited to attend and learn about our students’ cross-disciplinary research projects.
University Programs & Services
Offered through Georgetown University.
Hoyas @ Home Initiative
Students can connect virtually with other students from their region of the United States or the world.
What’s Happening on the Hilltop Newsletter
“What’s Happening on the Hilltop” is a newsletter sent to all students every Tuesday containing virtual happenings, based on student interests, identities, and experiences, planned in large part by student organizations. The newsletter’s purpose is to help students connect to other students as well as the greater Georgetown community.
First-Year Class Committee(First-Years Only)
Members of the Class of 2024 can get connected to their class committee. For the latest updates and to get involved, follow, like, and direct message the GU First-Year Class Committee on Instagram.
ESCAPE (First-Years and New Transfers Only)
ESCAPE is a first-year transition and reflection program designed to create a space for students to get to know their classmates and engage in conversation about their transition to Georgetown. Small groups, led by upper-class mentors, foster a sense of meaning and belonging throughout the retreat as well as the rest of your Georgetown career. Register for ESCAPE today.
Connecting with your OA (First-Years and New Transfers Only)
Don’t forget about your Orientation Advisor (OA) and the students you met this August. Your OA group is a great opportunity to stay connected with other new first-year and transfer students, like yourself, and an exceptional student leader!
Student Organizations – McDonough and University-wide
There are hundreds of student groups to get involved with at Georgetown for so many different interests. While some groups may have an application to join, most groups are open to anyone!
Center for Student Engagement
In addition to overseeing Student Organizations, the Office for Student Engagements offers several weekly events, which will help you to meet students outside of your courses!
Virtual Programs and Services
The Division of Student Affairs and other campus partners remain open and continue to provide virtual services to help you stay connected to campus and to fellow Hoyas. Check out virtual events to stay connected on the Hilltop during the remainder of the spring semester.
Members of the Maker Hub community teach the community about woodworking, creative coding, crafting, knitting, and more! Registration is free, and it’s a great way to expand your skills while catching up with friends.
Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ)
The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) has many opportunities for social justice and community engagement.
Get engaged as #HoyasForOthers through social justice work, including CSJ EngageDCorps Programs, community service, community-based learning courses, research, immersion, and more—for a day, week, semester, summer—here in DC and around the world.
- Tutor court-involved and court-diverted youth with the After School Kids (ASK) Program
- Tutor elementary school students with DC Reads
- Tutor Immigrant English Language Learners (K-Adult) with DC Schools Project
- Advocate for and with people experiencing homelessness with HOME
- Advance early literacy skills for preschool children with Jumpstart
- Advance STEM engagement for third graders with DC STEM
- Sign up for updates on upcoming applications for the Alternative Breaks Program
- Register for the one-credit course, UNXD 130: CBL Social Action
- Submit your social justice project ideas for funding with the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund
- Serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for a justice-related undergraduate course
- Be a part of Georgetown University’s delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-In.
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