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Building Networks

The 2020 Building Networks Cohort and Mentors

What is Building Networks?

Building Networks is a peer mentorship program hosted by the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The program aims to equip underclassmen with the skills, resources, and mentorship needed to be a successful professional after graduation. Students attend seven sessions on the UW Seattle campus for business lectures, professional development, and meaningful mentorship. Building Networks is a FREE program.

Benefits of Building Networks

  • Become a competitive professional applicant
  • Attend professional development workshops, career fairs, and lectures
  • Network with professionals, UW staff, and campus leadership
  • Guidance towards success in your academic and professional career
  • Mentorship from an upperclassman student at the UW Foster School of Business
  • Gain a supportive network of highly ambitious college students from around the area

Who can Apply?

Freshmen & sophomores from all three UW campuses who qualify for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Current Community College students intending on applying to Foster School of Business are also strongly encouraged to apply.

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Program Details

All sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm and the dates are as follows.

Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
February 5th April 2nd
February 19th April 9th
February 26th April 16th
April 23rd
April 30th
  • College students who are current freshmen and sophomores from colleges in Washington State*
    • *UW Students must be eligible for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • 3.0 GPA and above is preferred (but not required)
  • First generation students (strongly encouraged to apply)
  • Prior business experience or knowledge is not required, just an interest to learn

Target Groups: Historically underrepresented groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian.

Application Opens Application Deadline Decisions Announced
October 26th, 2020 January 8th, 2021 TBD

The application process is completely online, students will be asked to create an account first.
The online application includes:

  • Applicant background and contact information
  • Short answer essay questions
  • A copy of an unofficial transcript

Admission to Building Networks is determined by the strength of your overall application. Admitted students are required to attend all sessions. Students are expected to exhibit a professional demeanor and actively participate in all session discussions, workshops, and activities. Respect towards fellow students, staff, mentors, and session guests, including professional speakers and volunteers is strictly enforced. Appropriate business casual attire is required at all sessions unless otherwise stated.

Zachary McKinlay
202 Dempsey Hall
[email protected]