McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Business Undergraduates Invested in Leadership Development (BUILD)

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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:

​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

The opportunity to connect with other like-minded and motivated students of color starting in the first week of school was really special. The lasting community that the BUILD program provides has proved to be meaningful beyond the formal duration of the program. It is a group of people that you can lean on, learn with, and excel with academically, socially, and professionally. 

Brian Bowman, B’25

Applying to BUILD was one of the best decisions I made after getting into Georgetown. I didn’t know how much it would positively influence my time here until I actually went through my first year here. I made some of my closest friends in BUILD and have gotten so many mentors and people I can go to for any professional and personal help!

Anna Cheng, B’24
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BUILD was the best way possible to begin my Georgetown experience! It made me feel prepared to make the most out of the MSB and equipped me with tools for the next 4 years. Being an international student, BUILD made me feel welcomed and introduced me to some of my best friends.

Ana Gómez Garces, B’24

BUILD introduced me to a community of caring and dedicated individuals that includes some of my closest friends today. The strong mentor network connected me with older students who I now reach out to on a daily basis. I immediately felt welcomed to the Hilltop and received a lot of insight on classes, professional opportunities, and student life in general.

Kishor Moorthy, B’25
Undergraduate Students in class

BUILD has truly done an exceptional job assisting me with leadership skills, adapting to college, and providing me with social networking tools. I feel that I have found a Georgetown family that I can rely on where they have created a safe space for people of different backgrounds. BUILD has allowed me to establish a community beyond the doors of our business school!

Julien Sims, B’24