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MSPM: IN THE KNOW OCTOBER 9, 2018

Top 3 for 9 October 2018:  

1- Spring 2019 registration begins on November 8

Spring 2019 registration opens on November 8. Students, please check any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering to courses.  All holds should show up on your GWeb account. Students should contact the Student Accounts Office for any questions related to financial holds (sao@gwu.edu | 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 mspminfo@gwu.edu.

2- Upcoming and Past Project Management Events

30th Annual International Integrated Program Management Workshop

Thank you to those who submitted their essays to receive free registration to the IPM Workshop! Please check your email for confirmation of your free registration.

Great news for GWSB Alumni! A discounted rate of $350 is available for any former GWU School of Business students to attend the workshop and get a complimentary CPM Membership. If interested, email Agnes Socrates at aesocrates@gwu.edu and provide your GWID.

The International Integrated Program Management Workshop will be at the George Washington University to provide training, professional development, and exploration of hot topics with practitioners and world leaders in performance management. This is a great opportunity to enhance your professional skills in the project management field. Event is from November 13-15, 2018. More information about the workshop can be viewed here.

2018 PMI Global Conference  Successful!

The MSPM program joined the PMI Global Conference held from October 5-8 at Los Angeles Convention Center. At least 6,000 project managers from 60 countries attended the event for professional development opportunities.

Congratulations to MSPM alumnus William Davis’ for his successful presentation, “Collbinart: Build Team Collaboration Thorugh Art.” Mr. Davis discussed the value and necessity of collaborative teamwork in complex projects, especially among agile teams using adaptive approaches to project management. In his presentation, participants formed small groups and experienced the power and benefits of team collaboration through interpretive art. Project practitioners can use this easily reproduced activity as part of their own just-in-time training offerings at any point in a team’s journey together. Read more.

3- Jobs and Networking Opportunities

Alissa Thornton of the F. David Fowler Career Center will facilitate a multi-faceted, interactive, and informative workshop: Value Proposition/Branding, Networking, LinkedIn/Social Media, and Interviewing. The event will be Saturday, October 20th, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in Duques room 420. Register via Handshake under events.

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is proud to launch its inaugural Finance and Real Estate Careers Summit on Friday, October 26, 2018. The purpose of the summit is to accelerate and enhance the education and outcomes of students interested in a career in the finance or real estate industries or functions within an organization.

Register in Handshake for the Keynote Address with Daniel D’Aniello, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, along with Finance Panel discussions and Real Estate Panel discussions. The day wraps up with Speed Networking and the Dean’s Reception.

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE): Apply by 10/19
DOEE is currently recruiting a Green Fellow to work on several innovative stormwater management and green infrastructure programs, with a focus on the first-of-its-kind Stormwater Retention Credit trading program. For more info here!

Deloitte Consulting Inclusion Program (DCIP) Summit: Apply by 10/26
A premier leadership conference for the nation’s top underrepresented first-year MBA candidates. Veterans, Women and ethnically diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. For more, click here!

DiDi Global Leadership Development Program 
A global talent acquisition and development program aimed at speeding up the thriving of high potentials who aspire to become international business leaders in DiDi.  More info here!

EDF Climate Corps Fellow
10-12 week paid Summer Program for current or recent graduate student studying engineering, business, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or relevant degree. Click here for more!

MSPM in the KNOW: July 24, 2018

Top 3 for 24 July 2018:

1- Fall 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Fall 2018 is ongoing. All students must be enrolled each spring and fall semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. To view available course offerings, check out schedule of classes. For those who need assistance with registration for MSPM courses, please send a registration transaction form to Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) to register. Unsure what to register for or looking to change your degree plan? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (please include your GWID).

2- GWSB Career Survey. We are requesting all MSPM students to complete the GWSB Career Services Survey to help them understand your career development needs. The survey will only take 2-3 minutes to complete. Feedback from the survey will help our GWSB Career Services team to continue meeting students’ needs for the new academic year (2018-2019) and beyond. Please use: go.gwu.edu/fowlercareersurveyms

NOTE: Students need to be logged into their GW email account to take this survey at the moment.

3- Scholarships and Internship Opportunities.

PMIEF Professional Development Scholarships

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) professional development scholarships help project managers, nonprofit staff, school administrators and teachers fund project management training. These scholarships fund standalone courses, not degree programs. Who can apply: Project management professionals, nonprofit/NGO staff, teachers and school administrators. Application deadlines for 2018: 1 September. 2019 Deadlines: 15 February, 1 April, 1 July, 1.  

George Patton Memorial Scholarship, due 1 September

The PMI Washington, DC Chapter’s sponsored George Patton Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship intended to assist project managers in funding continuing education coursework. The scholarship will award a maximum of up to US$2,000 twice per year (in the Spring and Fall) which may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals each time. Apply via this link:

https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/george-patton-memorial-scholarship

EXIM Bank is Hiring Fall Interns! Application Deadline: 10 August

EXIM’s Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations (OPAIR) is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic students to serve as fall interns in the following roles: Bank OPAIR Intern & China Database Intern. Both internships will provide an opportunity for interns to learn about export finance, both in the United States and abroad. 

CBO Fall Communications Intern

CBO’s Office of Communications seeks an intern with a strong work ethic to assist with the agency’s media relations and public affairs during the upcoming fall semester. The intern will report to the Associate Director for Communications and will serve as a key member of the communications team. Apply here.

Sentara Healthcare 2019 Administrative Fellowship – Now Accepting Applications!

Fellows rotate through several areas and expand their skills by developing new projects, working on teams or doing research. Monthly meetings with the CEO and COO are planned to discuss rotations and Fellows are invited to attend board meetings. Apply here.

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 careers.state.gov.

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 careers.state.gov.  You can also get updates on Usha’s activities at facebook.com/DIRNYMetro.

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.

MSPM in the KNOW: May 22, 2018

Top 3 for 22 May 2018:  

1- Congratulations 2018 graduates! This past Friday, 18 May was quite a momentous day as the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 graduates of the MS in Project Management marched into the culmination of one sweet chapter in their lives and the beginning of another chapter where they can take on a new track of endless possibilities. The GWSB Masteral and Doctoral Celebration was held at the Charles E. Smith Center and fifty-three MSPM students were honored for successfully completing the requirements of the program (check out photos on our facebook page). To the graduates, the journey of life presents challenges and chances. May you beat all the challenges and have the courage to take on the chances that may come ahead! 

2- Reminder, this month’s PMIWDC Washington Circle luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free and open to the public, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.

3- Job postings this week:

US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is hiring two Senior Operations Research Analysts for Cost Estimating, Scheduling and EVM Analysis.

GAO’s work is designed to:  help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people; help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence; help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.  If interested, apply via this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499889900

 Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

This position was shared by an alum. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. We’re looking for people who know how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

The Chertoff Group is Hiring a Senior Associate in Strategic Advisory Services – Shared by an Alumnus

  • This premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management is looking for someone with 3-5 years relevant experience in security risk management, with strong business consulting and communications skills. Application details can be found here.

 Israel & Co is Recuriting a COO, Director of Programs, Program Manager, Executive Assistant, and Development Officer

 

MSPM in the KNOW: May 8, 2018

Top 3 for 8 May 2018: 

1- Registration now open for the GWPMA-sponsored webinar: Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. Event is free and open to the public. Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | 12:00-1:30PM | Register now.

About the event. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series sponsored by the GW Project Management Association for GWU’s Masters of Project Management program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence.  The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review.

2- Earn Professional Development Unit (PDU) by attending the PMIWDC Washingon Circle Luncheon. This month’s luncheon will feature “How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change” by Dr. Saya Sone (Professor and Agile Coach, Computer Information Science Virginia International University). Event is free, attendees will earn 1.0 PDU in Strategic and Business Management talent triangle. Wednesday, 30 May 2018 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM | Register here.

About the event. When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes. 

3- Job Opportunities.  

Immediate Need for an Accounting Associate at the Center for Civilians in Conflict – Application Deadline – 5/11

  • The Center for Civilians in Conflict is looking to hire a full-time Accounting Associate. The Associate will support all areas relating to financial reporting and accounting. Apply here.

EXIM Bank Summer Internship Opportunity – Application Deadline: 5/18

  • EXIM’s Office of Policy Analysis and International Relations (OPAIR) is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic student intern for Summer 2018. This unpaid internship offers an opportunity for students to learn about export finance and development finance, both in the United States and abroad. Check out application details here

Weber Shandwick is Seeking an Account Director

  • This position was shared by an alumn. Her firm is seeking an Account Director to power a portfolio of work at the intersection of Corporate Communications and Social Impact. The ideal person knows how to build engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and leverage the power of creative and integrated communications to drive business and social impact. Apply here.

U.S Department of Defense OIG is Hiring Auditors!

  • The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) seeks high-caliber Auditors from GW to join their team. Applicants with at least 2 years of audit experience can apply here.

Cyber-security Analyst Available Role at CBO

  • CBO’s Budget Analysis Division seeks a cyber-security analyst in its Defense, International Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Cost Estimates Unit. This position requires US citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance. Learn more and apply here.

Developing Emotional Intelligence by Alan Zucker, Webinar hosted by GWPMA, May 15

Developing Emotional Intelligence featuring Alan Zucker, CEO and Founder, PM Essentials | May 15, 2018 | 12-1:30 PM | Register here

About the Event.  Successful project managers have exceptional communications skills. According to the Project Management Institute, project managers spend 90% of their time communicating. Poor communications are blamed as the primary source of failure for 30% of projects. “Developing Emotional Intelligence” is the second installment in the webinar series for GWU’s Masters of Project Management Program. In his first presentation “The Power of Communication,” Alan Zucker presented several important models and best practices for effective project communication. In this webinar, Mr. Zucker dives into the topic of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a key component of project communication and a critical skill for project managers.

The ability to effectively handle and understand people was cited as an important characteristic for successful project managers. Individuals and teams with high EI are both more productive and more likely to be successful. Emotional intelligence is our ability to understand ourselves and others. People with high emotional intelligence harness this understanding to constructively guide their behaviors and actions. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be learned. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to measure their own emotional intelligence using an assessment developed for the Harvard Business Review. We will review the factors of EI and understand how they affect our projects and teams. Participants will be presented with an action plan and tangible next steps for developing their emotional intelligence skills.

About the Speaker.  Alan Zucker has over 25-years of experience working in Fortune 100 companies leading projects and large organizations. He led an Agile transformation that delivered significant, measurable benefits to the enterprise. In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials and provides training and advisory services to his clients. His areas of expertise are project management, Agile transformation, and leadership. He is a keynote speaker and provides customized training to his clients. He is also an adjunct college instructor. Alan received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s certificate in IT project management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He also holds Agile certifications as a Scrum Master (CSM®) and Scale Agilest (SAFe 4.0 SA®).

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There will be giveaways during the event. George Washington University Project Management t-shirt will be given to 5 lucky winners who will be selected from the webinar attendees! **************************************************************************
This webinar is made possible by the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA), student organization with members from the GW Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. This webinar is a pilot project of the GWPMA under past president Angela Knight and adopted by current president, Douglas Robertson, designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. This webinar is free and open to the public.

MSPM in the KNOW: April 24, 2018

Top 3 for 24 April 2018:

1- The George Washington University announced the appointment of Dr. Anuj Mehrotra as new GWSB Dean. Dr. Mehrotra will take office at GWSB on 1 July 2018. Dr. Vivek Choudhury, who has been serving as the GWSB Interim Dean for the past year, has done a remarkable job of leading the school following Dr. Linda Livingstone’s departure. Dr. Mehrotra is currently the Senior Vice-Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the University of Miami’s Business School (read more here).

2- The George Washington University will host a slate of France-themed events this week to commemorate Wednesday’s visit by President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron to the Foggy Bottom Campus. Mr. Macron will host a town hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday, 25 April, at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tickets will be made available to GW students through a lottery system.

3- Internships and job opportunities:

 St. Mary’s County Needs an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Visit St. Mary’s MD. He/she is responsible for the growth of tourism and convention/meeting business. He/she also interfaces with key community, government, hospitality, media and tourism leaders and demonstrates VSM’s positive impact on St. Mary’s County. Learn more and apply here.

 DLA Piper LLP Wants You to Join Their Pitch & Proposal Team!

  • DLA Piper LLP (US) a leading global business law firm is seeking a Pitch & Proposal Coordinator and a Manager of Pitch & Proposal to join their team. The pitch and proposal team collaborates with lawyers to identify value propositions, determine strategy and develop key messaging when engaging new business.

 Calling All Soon-to-be May ’18 Grads! Integrity Management Consulting is Seeking a Contract Specialist

  • Integrity Management Consulting has an immediate need for a Contract Specialist located at Quantico working with NCIS.  Ideal for students with a degree in Government Contracts (or business degree with a contract management certificate) and 2-3 years experience. Apply here.

Analyst / Intern at Beekman Advisors, Inc.

  • Experience in investment banking, consulting, private equity or business planning/analysis preferred. Knowledge or experience in commercial real estate finance is ideal. Proficiency with Excel is critical. Ability to work in a fast paced and confidential environment is crucial. Position will conduct research and assist staff with client projects, market intelligence, and financial analyses. Apply here.

 GOO-RU is Seeking a Social and Digital Media Marketing Intern!

  • This local tech-based sales consultancy is looking for an intern to grow their social media presence. The intern would also work with the Founder and CEO, as well as the CMO directly to develop and execute social media strategies for GOO-RU as a company as well as the Table event series. Apply here.

Summer 2018 KACIF – General Applications Accepted until May 1, 2018

Students who plan to have an unpaid internship in the summer of 2018 are encouraged to apply to the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program. To learn more and apply, click here.