Monthly Archives: June 2016

DC Office of Education hiring

Education Research Analyst
Supervisory Management and Program Analyst

A few insights from a GW alum who works in the office:

  • Local education policy is rife with important and complicated issues that allow you to use your economic problem solving skills on a day-to-day basis.
  • Data analysts at OSSE code every day. At OSSE you will have the opportunity to build upon your coding expertise (Stata/SQL etc) and learn technical best practices in a large organization with many disparate data sets.
  • Data analysts take ownership over local data projects and federally mandated reports. Analysts have significant input at every step in the analysis process- working across divisions to receive, clean and analyze data, develop business rules and present results.
  • This work is important and a great way to give back to the DC community!

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Graduate students: The World Bank Group is accepting applications for their Young Professionals Program

The World Bank Young Professionals Program is a premier global recruitment
program and is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented Masters & PhD level candidates under the age of 33 with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank’s Operations such as: economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. Applications are being accepted until July 27th.

McKinsey Middle East is hiring!

McKinsey Middle East is seeking Arabic speaking students who are passionate about driving and shaping the future development of the GCC and who want to work on the challenges that matter.

Please refer to this flyer to read more about McKinsey’s work in the Middle East. The application deadline is July 18 and all applications should be submitted online here; one of our 7 offices selected as a top office location preference.

MSPM: In the Know, June 28, 2016

Top 3 for 28 Jun

1- Summer Session 2 Begins 5 Jul

Summer Session 2 begins Monday, 5 Jul. You still have time to register for an approved elective course. Monday, 11 Jul, is the last day to add or drop summer session 2 courses via GWeb.

2- MSPM Student Ambassadors

A few of you have been recommended by the program to become an MSPM Student Ambassadors and be a part of the new GW School of Business Admissions Ambassador initiative. Please watch out for an email invitation to join the Graduate Ambassador Program from Ms. Elise Phalen, GWSB Graduate Admissions Coordinator. The invitation means you have been chosen to represent the MSPM program in the admissions process by giving prospective students the opportunity to connect with the campus and GW community! You are highly encouraged to accept the invitation.

If you did not receive an email from Elise and would like to be considered as an MSPM Student Ambassador, please email Agnes Socrates at and provide a two-paragraph summary on how you can represent the MSPM program within and outside GWU no later than 8 July.

3- Resources

Want to improve your Excel skills this summer?
Or learn R, SPSS, or other platforms? Check out my recent blog post for info on training available and your FREE access to via GW.

Want to keep sharpening your career development skills this summer? Check out GWebinars. The GW Office of Alumni Relations hosts webinars featuring career & professional development resources & tools. You can watch past webinars here. Topics include: Networking, LinkedIn, Goal-Setting, Leadership, Sustainability, and many more!

Looking for a job or internship this summer? Check out the resources page, multiple positions are posted weekly.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 21, 2016

1- Congratulations Sandra Mejia Villegas and Patrick Russell!

Congratulations Sandra Mejia Villegas, 2016 Outsanding Young Professional Awardee, AACE International.  Read more.

Patrick Russell obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential last week. Congratulations! Read more.

2-Electives Summer Session II

Still need to fulfill your electives? These two courses are offered in Summer session II (begins 5 July) and would satisfy general elective requirement:

MS in Government Contracts is offering an online course  on Interagency Acquisition Strategies (GCON 6290-DE ). This will be relevant to any project management professionals working in the government contracting world.

PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues (1 credit). This course examines the historical and current policy concerns about environmental exposures and the risks of illness among deployed troops and military veterans.

3 – Events

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 22 June, features Salah Elleighty speaking on “The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility.” Event is free and is held at GWSB, Duques Hall, room 453 on Wednesday, 22 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register today.

Congratulations, Patrick Russell!

Congratulations to Patrick Russell, MSPM student for obtaining Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential. Patrick joined MSPM in Spring 2016. He completed the PMP prep course in the summer and took the exam last week. Congratulations, Patrick on your recent success!


Congratulations Sandra Mejia Villegas, Outstanding Young Professional Awardee, AACE International

MSPM student, Sandra Mejia Villegas is receiving the 2016 AACE International Outstanding Young Professional Award.  This Award was established through the Young Professionals Committee in 2011 to honor the younger generation of professionals in the cost and management field and who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Sandra joined the MS in Project Management Program at the George Washington University in Spring 2015 while working as a Cost Analyst at ConocoPhillips. She currently serves as  the co-chair of the Women in Project Controls Committee (2015-present) and is actively participating in the AACE’s Mentoring Program.

The AACE International is a non-profit association serving the total cost management community since 1956 by providing resources its members and stakeholders need to enhance their performance. The AACE international is the technical authority for program/project cost and schedule management.


MSPM in the KNOW: June 14, 2016

Top 3 for 14 Jun

1- Summer Session II

Summer session II begins 5 July 2016 (Tuesday due to holiday on Monday, 4 July). Review drop deadlines including refund schedule via the registrar’s website to avoid penalty.


Call for Presentation Proposals for 26 September GW DIT PPMO Symposium,  Due 24 June. The GW Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office is accepting presentation proposals for their second Project Management Symposium to be held Monday, 26 September. Proposals are due 24 June. Visit for more details on submission. Contact with any questions.

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon, 22 June. The June 2016 PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon features Salah Elleighty speaking on “The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility.” Event is free and is held at GWSB, Duques Hall, room 453 on Wednesday, 22 June, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register today.

3 – Resources

Jobs. The GW MSPM program receives interest from employers looking to hire our students and graduates. The jobs listed below are from direct solicitations of the program/school/university.

Graduate Talent, Colgate-Palmolive (Africa)

Research Manager, Global Integrity

Operations Associate, Global Integrity

Community Relations Coordinator, SmartChef (Summer Job)

Grants. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition for 2017-18 is open for current graduate students and graduate student alumni! (You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.) The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed Academic Study, Research ProjectsEnglish Teaching Assistant Programs or specialized programs such as the Fulbright Clinton and/or Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.