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Careers in Diplomacy, State Department Info Session, July 24

State Dept Info Session
July 24th5:30-7 PM  | ESIA
GW students & alums are invited to a meet ESIA alumna Usha Pitts, who will discuss Careers in Diplomacy, the FSOT, and the Consular Fellows Program!

America’s diplomats are selected every year from the approximately 15,000 people who take The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).  The FSOT is offered three times a year, and is open to American citizens between the ages of 20 and 59 from any educational or professional background.  It is free.  The FSOT is held in October, February, and June.  You can register at

But becoming a diplomat is not the only way to work for the State Department!  You might consider using your language skills with the Consular Fellows Program (now hiring speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, and Arabic).  If you have at least a year of law enforcement experience, you may also be interested in the Diplomatic Security Agency.  Mid-career professionals can work as civil servants or Foreign Service Specialists in the fields of medicine, accounting, office management, human resources, and others.

Join career diplomat Usha Pitts for an informal presentation about the different ways to work and live abroad with the U.S. Department of State.  Usha graduated from the Elliott School in 1996 and became a Foreign Service Officer in 1998, serving tours in Cuba, Russia, Panama, Austria, Italy, and Brazil.  She raised her two teen-aged children abroad, and is newly married to a British national.

Before attending Usha’s presentation, you may find it helpful to review information available at  You can also get updates on Usha’s activities at

This event is open to the public. Business Casual dress is recommended.

MSPM in the KNOW: July 10, 2018

Top 3 for 10 July 2018:

1- GWUMSPM ranked #8 in Innovation and Project Management in North America by Eduniversal in 2018. The Eduniversal MastersRanking included 4000 Best Masters and MBAs in 50 fields of study worldwide. Ranking criteria included: reputation of the programs; Salary/Placement of graduates; and Student satisfaction. In 2017, we ranked #10 for Engineering and Project Management, a category not included this year. Thanks to our students! The unique backgrounds and experiences you bring to our classroom and the feedback you continue to provide our faculty and staff help us in pursuing excellence. Check out the ranking results here! 

2- Thank you to those who submitted their applications to receive free seat to the Summer 2018 PMP Review Course. We will inform applicants this week of the result via email. Those who missed to submit their applications this summer will have another opportunity during the Fall semester. Keep an eye on announcement via the newsletter. 

3- Internship and Job Opportunities

Carpe Global is Seeking Associate Interns to Start ASAP!

An alumnus (international education specialist) is seeking a few interns to join his team to assist with various things related to the development of a unique new website being developed. The website will spotlight global/international resources and opportunities of interest to people across the U.S. and in other countries. Applicants should have academic and career interests related to other countries, cultures, and global issues. More information can be found here. Please note: this is an unpaid opportunity but students can receive academic credit for this.

CBO has Immediate Hiring Needs for a Financial Modeler

The Congressional Budget Office seeks a financial modeler to develop financial models to estimate the cost of credit and insurance programs, and to forecast financial variables such as stock prices, interest rates, and housing-market variables. Learn more here.

Department of Health and Human Services is Hiring Program Manager

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services, in Bethesda, Maryland. The incumbent serves as the Director, EAP and Work Life Program Services. Responsibilities include: Oversees the planning, development, implementation and delivery of EAP/Work Life services, including management consultation, educational outreach and promotion, counseling, child and elder care referral, legal and financial offerings; Supervises account management, business development, staff supervision and training, contract performance, customer relationship management, resource management, operation/policy logistics, information management and quality assurance; Assists in the formulation of strategic plans and related revenue and other business metrics; Provides expert advice and consultation regarding the development of program, policies, and procedures; Evaluates EAP and WorkLife programs and operations to assure that plans are followed to meet objectives, goals, strategic direction, and contract terms; Analyzes and evaluates policies and program operations. Apply here.

GW Project Management Program: Number 8 in North America Innovation and Project Management by Eduniversal Ranking 2018

The GW MSPM Program number landed a number 8 spot in 2018 for Best Masters and MBAs North America, Innovation and Project Management category. Last year, the program ranked #10 in Engineering and Project Management in North America.  Eduniversal MastersRanking included 4000 Best Masters and MBAs in 50 fields of study worldwide. Criteria included: reputation of the programs; Salary/Placement of graduates; and Student satisfaction. Check out the results here!

MSPM in the KNOW: June 26, 2018

Top 3 for 26 June 2018: 

1- MSPM is offering two free registrations to the Summer 2018 PMP Review Course. The course dates are 21-22 & 28-29 July 2018, two consecutive weekends. Review course is valued at $1,195. Attendees should already have a background in project management fundamentals.

The course will serve as a review for experienced project managers preparing for the PMP Certification Exam. Continental breakfast, beverages and lunch will be provided each day. If interested, submit the following to by 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, 5 July 2018:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration

2- Summer 2018 Graduate Certificate Completion. If you are currently completing a Graduate Certificate and will be done with all program requirements in Summer 2018 semester, please submit your application for certificate completion by 1 July to If completing multiple certificates, please complete one application for each program. Form may be downloaded from the registrar’s website:

3-  CACI is seeking Program and Project Management (PM) and support professionals. CACI PMs provide project management leadership, expertise, supervision and direction to accomplish client objectives. PM support staffs assist in the preparation, review and integration of selected milestone review documentation, periodic reports and certifications. They also conduct continual analysis of programs to support organizational planning and make recommendations for improvement and efficiency

At CACI you would become part of a team whose military hiring and development efforts are recognized across the industry. CACI provide veterans with rewarding careers where they can continue their mission and exercise their proven leadership, job skills, discipline, integrity, teamwork, and work ethic.

To apply to any of the jobs listed below, go to this link and type in that job’s associated Job Requisition Number in the Keyword Search box.

Job Requisition Number Job Title Security Clearance Clearance Status
Washington, DC
204790 Paralegal Supervisor DOJ MBI Must be Obtainable
207754 Deputy Division Director DOJ MBI Must be Obtainable
208031 Financial Analyst None Not Applicable
207288 CAMMO Modification Project Manager Secret Must be Obtainable
207975 Program Control Analyst Secret Must be Obtainable
207709 Project Scheduler Secret Must be Obtainable
208427 Project Manager – Mid level TS/SCI Must Be Current
206684 Training Developer Secret Must be Current
205793 Training Specialist Secret Must be Current
204510 Program Management Analyst Secret Must be Current
207490 Business Financial Manager Secret Must be Current
203801 Field Support Specialist Secret Must Be Current
204874 Project Manager Secret Must Be Current
207709 Project Scheduler Secret Must be Obtainable



Field Support Specialist (IPPS-A) Secret Must Be Current
201823 Construction Project Management Assistant Public Trust Must be Obtainable
207906 Project Manager TS/SCI Must Be Current
207563 Secretary II Secret Must be Current
203557 Project Manager Secret Must Be Current
207100 Certification and Accreditation Specialist TS/SCI Must Be Current
208333 Administrative Professional TS Must Be Current
208291 Program Manager TS Must Be Current
208291 Program Manager TS Must be Current
207689 Project Manager TS/SCI Must Be Current
206998 Finance and Management Analyst Secret Must Be Current
207348 Fraud Analyst NACI Must be Obtainable


MSPM in the KNOW: June 19, 2018

Top 3 for 19 June 2018:  

1- MSPM Curriculum Declaration Form is due on 1 July. Reminder for current students, the MSPM Curriculum Form is due to the program on 1 July. Email your completed MSPM Curriculum Declaration Form on or before the deadline to Please refer to the email announcement sent by the program on 25 April to complete the form now. Questions about the Curriculum Declaration Form? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates using the online scheduler,

2- The George Washington University Office of Military and Veteran Student Services (OMVSS) announced a series of changes for the 2018-19 academic year, including an increase of Yellow Ribbon Program benefits and a new project manager. Read more about this announcement here. 

3- Internship and Job opportunities:  

Booz Allen Hamilton is seeking Compliance Project Manager, Lead

Key role includes: assist the government with ensuring enterprise-wide compliance of all appropriate Cybersecurity-related requirements, laws, legislation, rules, regulations, directives, instructions, and standards. Manage a large DoD program or project and manage Cybersecurity compliance processing and reporting programs. Balance client requirements and internal and third-party resources. Provide assessments of process and procedures, including recommendations based on the Capability Maturity Model (CMM). Apply here. 

Amtrak is Seeking Project Manager in Washington, DC  

The Project Manager is responsible for delivery of large scale moderate to high risk programs, with multimillion dollar cost impacts and multi-year delivery schedule. The programs may encompass multiple projects, cross-departmental interfaces, multiple technologies, geographies and assets. Individuals in this role work independently with some indirect supervision PMO Director or AVP, and may have either direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members. The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to other staff, Executive Committee, and stakeholders. Apply here. 

DIA Global is Seeking a Membership Intern from GWU to Start ASAP! Application Deadline: 29 June

DIA Global needs a Membership Intern to start ASAP to help create a sustainable membership strategy. Learn more and apply here. 

Morgan Stanley – Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Summer Analyst & Associate Programs!

There are 10 summer opportunities available to masters’ level students for summer 2019 and over 20 for undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline of 15 July. See your options here.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 12, 2018

Top 3 for 12 June 2018: 

1- Degree Conferral and Diplomas. Students who graduated in Spring 2018 semester, please review your transcripts via GWeb to see if your degree has been awarded.  After your degree has been awarded, Graduation Services will order your diploma.  Delivery  is typically 4-6 weeks if mailed within the US, or 6-8 weeks for international mailing. Please be aware that this delivery timeline is an estimate. The actual arrival date is dependent on the postal service and your location.  Also note that clearances are accepted on a rolling basis, so you may not receive your document at the same time as your classmates. In addition, if you are receiving more than one diploma or certificate they may arrive separately. You should also check GWeb to see if you have any holds that may prevent you from receiving your diploma. Your diploma will not be mailed if there is a financial hold on your account. If you have not received your diploma 8-12 weeks after your graduation date and your degree was conferred, you must contact Graduation Services at (202) 242-6843 or within 6 months that you have not received your diploma. If your degree was not conferred, contact the program via 

2- Choice Hotels is seeking a Project Manager to manage new construction projects. The Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring construction schedules and specifications are met.  Additional responsibilities include: ensuring project conforms to design intent of Choice new construction prototypes, ensuring costs are in alignment with strategic corporate goals, and projects are in conformance with drawings approval of Architectural Design.  Project Manager will also perform site visits and prepare field reports for new construction projects to ensure conformance with brand image and standards. Apply via this link:–New-Construction_R10998-1

3- Internship Opportunities this Summer. Several companies are in need of Summer Interns for 2018.  Please see below and note that deadlines are fast approaching:

The Showroom is Hiring Venue Management Interns Now from GWU – Application Deadline: 6/15

  • The Showroom, located in the heart of Downtown DC, is a brand new event venue seeking potential interns who have a passion for events life. This opportunity may convert to a full time role in the long run. Learn more and apply here.

AAPA is Seeking a Marketing & Communications Summer Intern from GWU! Application Deadline: 6/22

  • AAPA is looking for an enthusiastic intern to join our marketing department.This internship will help you acquire marketing skills and provide you with knowledge of various marketing and media relations strategies. Apply here.

DIA Global is Seeking GWU Talent for their Marketing Internship Program! Application Deadline: 6/29

  • DIA Global needs a Membership Intern to start ASAP to help create a sustainable membership strategy. Learn more and apply here.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 5, 2018

Top 3 for 5 June 2018:  

1- Student Holds. Registration for Fall 2018 semester is ongoing. Students, please check any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering for courses.  All holds should show up on your GWeb account. Students should contact Student Accounts Office for any questions related to financial holds ( | Phone: 202-994-7350). Questions about administrative holds due to missing transcripts, academic integrity training or any other related program requirements should be directed to 

2- PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Event.  This month’s PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon will feature Reinventing and Managing the Vibrant You by Dr. Lovely Lall. This is a free event hosted by the GW MSPM and PMIWDC.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | GW School of Business 2201 G Street NW, Duques Room 453, Washington, DC 20052 | Register here.

About the Event. There’s a definite process for living life on the track of your own choice. In this interactive session, you will pick up the simple and practical formula to adjust and align the personal mindset to customize your own life. The regular practice of this approach will help you to lead a consistently higher quality of life; personally and professionally while feeling like your own “B.O.S.S.”. Attendees to the event will receive 1 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. 

3- Job postings this week:

Systems Delivery Project Manager at Booz Allen
This position will work with internal and client management teams who are planning, developing, controlling, and directing projects. Assist by working across functions to meet key delivery dates and highest quality product that is manufactured effectively with minimal waste in material and space at target profit. Provide expertise in analyzing business and user needs, documenting requirements, and translating them into proper system requirement specifications. Assist with analyzing project financials, including ensuring projects perform and meet approved targets. Assist with coordinating the ongoing analyses of projects and development activities to identify cost saving opportunities, quality improvements, and process improvements. More information here 

Strategic Planner & Integrator at H2                                                                 H2 Performance Consulting (H2) is seeking an innovative, solutions driven and well-seasoned Strategic Planner & Integrator to join our team. The successful candidate for this role will be able to provide a proven track record of technical experience and program management within the Department of Defense. This position is located in Washington, DC. Apply here.

Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) Scheduler/Project Coordinator at H2. H2 is seeking an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) Scheduler/Project Coordinator to support our government client in Washington, DC. The IMS Scheduler/Project Coordinator will serve as a key member of the Program Management Office. Qualified candidates may submit their resume to the career section of the company website at 

Commercial Construction Assistant Project Manager at HITT Contracting, Inc. An Assistant Project Manager (APM) obtains, evaluates, coordinates and distributes the information and authorizations necessary to construct projects on time, within budget and to the quality specified. The APM is responsible to protect and promote the interest of both the business and client in all matters as well as demonstrate the personal characteristics of a beginner-level leader. While learning paths, growth and promotional opportunity vary, most team members are APMs for two to six years. Apply via this link.

MSPM in the KNOW: May 29, 2018

Top 3 for 29 May 2018: 

1- Grades, academic policies and program requirements. Students should review their grades for courses taken in Spring 2018 semester. Contact your instructor for any missing grades. Now is also a good time to go over the academic policies. GW’s general requirements, including information on grades appears under University Regulations in the Bulletin. Details on academic probation, grades of F, suspension, and incompletes are available under the GWSB Graduate Programs Website. Each student is required to know these requirements and regulations. If you have questions about your academic standing, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

2- Volunteers needed for Fall 2018 Student Orientation. The MSPM program needs 6 volunteers for the Fall 2018 Student Orientation for incoming students on 24 August. Volunteers will facilitate the Students and Alumni panel, attend the networking event, and will assist with presentation of student resources (accessing DegreeMAP, Blackboard, etc). Time commitment is 4 hours. If interested, please email no later than 15 July 2018.

3- Networking and Job Opportunities. Below is the list of opportunities we received this week for those who are looking for networking events as well as job vacancies:

NSA Diversity and Women In Intelligence Summit – RSVP by Today, 5/29!

NSA will be hosting a Diversity and Women In Intelligence Summit (DWIS) on June 7th from 11:00am-2:00pm in College Park, MD. This event will give attendees the opportunity to hear directly from current employees, interns, and hiring managers! Space is limited to only 75 students. Click herefor application details.

2018 Maryland Consortium Career Fair on 6/1 for recent graduates and alumni!

100+ of the region’s top employers are expected and there will be hiring opportunities. For a list of confirmed employers and more information, click here.

 TEKsystems® Inc. is hiring for Data Analyst Position.

TEKsystems® Inc. is a leading provider of strategic IT staffing and Global Services for 82% of the Fortune 500. Ranked #1 in the industry by IT Services Business Report since 2001. If interested, click here.

 RMS is Seeking Two Interns from GWU

They are looking for a high performing, self starter analyst to support all aspects of the development of two business cases that will inform investment decisions in two strategic businesses; underwriting and cyber. More details can be found here.

GALLUP Proposal Pricing Analyst Position

GALLUP is specifically interested interested in GWU students in the government contracts program or MPP program, however they are open to other majors as well. As a proposal pricing analyst at Gallup, candidate will join their government proposal team and generate complex, high-quality proposals used to support business development initiatives. More details can be found here.