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GW x Penn West Global

Build Fellowship

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Build Fellows Move the U.S. Forward

buildING and growING companies and careers in the U.S.

In collaboration with the immigration experts at The Build Fellowship,

George Washington University and The Penn West Equity and Innovation District are proud to introduce a competitive part-time employment opportunity for foreign national startup founders seeking immigration solutions to live, work and build in the U.S.

The

GW x Penn West Global

Build Fellowship:

  • Advances the mission of U.S. colleges and universities
  • Prepares U.S. college students and Americans for the workforce of tomorrow
  • Increases the competitiveness of U.S. companies and the economy
  • Provides the greatest talent in the world the chance to realize their American dream
  • Creates new jobs and economic growth for downtown DC.
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A cap-exempt H-1B visa solution for foreign nationals

HOW THE FELLOWSHIP WORKS

The

GW x Penn West Global

Build Fellowship is a cap-exempt H-1B visa solution for foreign national startup founders who work part-time for 5 hours per week, supporting GW and our partner universities’ educational missions.

After a 6-8 week onboarding, Fellows work part-time (5 hours/week) in the Build Fellowship offering micro-internships to GW students, or in some cases 1x1 mentorship and can work on their own startups the rest of the time.

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The Fellowship Impact

TRAINING THE FUTURE WORKFORCE

The

GW x Penn West Global

Build Fellowship provides U.S. higher education institutions with access to the brightest minds from across the globe. Students at GW and other partner universities are offered world-class subject matter training and expertise through Build Projects that provide work experience to students, 1-on-1 domain-specific Build Sessions, and educational materials meant to make the Fellow’s expertise more accessible.

1000+

Student participants

93%

of students report that they are more likely to pursue a career in STEM or Business

94%

of the students report they are confident they will be successful in the STEM / Business industry

Be a part of a global community

As a Global Build Fellow, you will become a part of The Golden Triangle neighborhood,  a vibrant and diverse community strategically located in Washington D.C. This central neighborhood grants unparalleled access to a wide array of resources, including a highly skilled workforce, a comprehensive transit network for local and international travel, and a plethora of amenities spanning arts, culture, dining, and entertainment.

Embedded within a global marketplace, the Golden Triangle is a nexus for influential institutions like the World Bank, IMF, and numerous embassies, offering Fellows unique networking and growth opportunities.

Fellows will be offered special rates for workspaces at Studio by Tishman Speyer for the length of the program. Studio provides top-of-the-line technology, modular design, lounge areas to foster community, mood-boosting details with light and air, and so much more. At 900 19th, in downtown D.C., customers will enjoy a new conference center, tenant lounge, best-in-class fitness center, and more. Because Studio is a division of Tishman Speyer, our members become part of a global real estate network and enjoy access to everything our buildings have to offer.

Fellows will be co-located together and with other local startups, creating a vibrant community of founders working together and supporting each other.

Learn what it takes to become a Fellow today

QUALIFICATIONS
Length
Responsibilities
Sponsor Benefits

Still have questions? Schedule a meeting with Danielle Goldman here.

Funding The Build Fellowship

$22,000 Initiation Fee

One-time fee covering legal and administrative costs for visa petitioning and program onboarding.

$1,300 MONTHLY PROGRAM FEE

Monthly fee covering ongoing Build Fellowship programming, software, and compliance and immigration support.

*Fellows will also be required to cover their monthly rent at Studio by Tishman Speyer, discounted at 20%.

Become a

GW x Penn West Global

Build Fellow

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