MSPM in the KNOW: February 13, 2018

Top 3 for 13 February 2018

1- Summer 2018 Registration opens 1 March. Registration for the 2018 Summer Sessions will open on Thursday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Summer is the perfect time to fulfill your electives. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? Schedule an appointment with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm and include your GWid.

2-  Welcome 2018 GWPMA Board. We welcome the new GWPMA Board for 2018 who will lead the MSPM student body and organize events such as luncheons, volunteer fairs and university talks through Spring 2019. Congratulations to the new members, namely:

  • President: Douglas Robertson
  • Vice President, Strategic Relations: Ishai Trani

We thank the 2017 Board Members: Angela Knight (President), Phebean Williams (VP Strategic Relations) and Vugar Mammadov (Distance Student Representative, International) for their leadership and service during the last term. Read more.

3-  MSPM Student Bob Estes shares first CERES light images. Robert (Bob) Estes, MSPM student and NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Deputy Project Manager, Flight Projects Directorate proudly announced that the CERES is working! Bob shared images of the first light observed by the CERES FM6 instrument on orbit. The CERES instrument was one of the five that launched 18 November 2017 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). After reaching the polar orbit, the satellite became NOAA-20. Both CERES and JPSS-1 are perfect examples of applicability of project management discipline in scientific discoveries. Read more.

MSPM is very fortunate to hear success stories such as this one from our student body. If you have anything similar to share, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 6, 2018

Top 3 for 6 February 2018:

1- Thank you MSPM student, Mina Panahi for facilitating last week’s PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon Event, “Using Dharma to Supercharge Your Leadership and Life” featuring Sunil Saxena, MD. Washington Circle luncheons are free events sponsored by the GWMSPM program in partnership with the PMIWDC. Last week’s event attracted 33 local project managers. Each participant earned 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) in Leadership talent triangle. Check out event photos on our facebook page.

2- The GWPMA (student organization) participated at the GWSB Spring 2018 Career Expo on February 1st to promote the GWMSPM program and its students with hiring companies. MSPM student Tara Turner and outgoing GWPMA President, Angela Knight worked with the school’s career center on planning for this event.  Incoming GWPMA President Douglas Robertson, staffed the organization’s event table during the Career Expo. The event attracted hundreds of  students and 30 hiring companies including: AARP, Berkadia, Commercial Mortgage, Capgemini Government Solutions, Choice Hotels International, Education Pioneers, Evergreen Enterprises, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, World Bank Group and others. Well done GWPMA! Check out photos on facebook.

3- Upcoming Career Events:

NSA Info Session and NSA Lobby Greeting | February 7th (This Wednesday) 

Target Audience: Grads and Undergrads from the following majors: Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Marketing | Economics; Quantitative Methods | Organizational Management; Industrial Management; Program Management | Engineering; Computer Science | Information Technology; Systems Management. US Citizenship required for job application as it is a government agency. 

Leidos Information Session | Feb. 7th (This Wednesday)

Target Audience: STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Students from all schools

VMWare Info Session & Tech Talk | Feb. 8th (This Thursday)

Target Audience: STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Students from all schools

srcLogic Information Session: Is Consulting Right for You?Feb. 12 (Next Monday)

Target Audience: Tech, Consulting

MSPM in the KNOW: January 30, 2018

Top 3 for 30 January 2018

1- Reminder, graduation application for Spring 2018 is due on Thursday, 1 February. Students who are in their last semester in the MSPM program should apply for graduation via GWeb no later than Thursday, 1 February 2018. To begin your application, log in at GWeb, click Student Records & Registration Menu > Student Records Information > Apply to Graduate. Students who miss the published deadline will be assessed a $35 late application fee and must use the late paper application.

2- Last day to add a course using Registration Transaction Form is on Friday, 9 February. Students who are unable to register for classes must complete a Leave of Absence Request Form. Last day to drop a course on GWeb is Sunday, 11 February. Dropping from a course will incur tuition charges and/or fees. Review the registrar’s website to fully understand regulations governing student withdrawals. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Career Expo and Job Opportunities.

Spring 2018 GWSB Career Expo

Come and meet area employers who are interested in connecting with School of Business students on Thursday, 1 February.  This is your opportunity to utilize your elevator pitch and gather information on business-related internships and full-time opportunities. Register via Handshake.

CBO Seeks Summer IT & Finance Interns

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) seeks summer interns to join the following departments:
    • IT Intern: Information Resource Management and Technology Services Unit. Application link can be found here.
    • Finance/Accounting Intern: Office of Financial Management. Application link can be found here.

ConnectWise – Full Time Opportunities in Marketing

  • ConnectWise is a software company committed to helping technology solution providers build, manage, and grow their businesses by increasing productivity, efficiency, and profitability. They are seeking to recruit recent or soon to be grads for the following: Partner Marketing Manager, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy.

MSPM in the KNOW: January 23, 2018

Top 3 for 23 January 2018:

1- Graduation Application for Spring 2018.  Students who are in their last semester in the MSPM program should apply for graduation via GWeb no later than Thursday, 1 February 2018. Students who miss the published deadline will be assessed a $35 late application fee and must use the late paper application. To apply for graduation now, follow instructions below:

  • Log in to GWeb using your GWID and PIN.
  • Click on the Student Records & Registration Menu tab, and select the “Student Records Information” link.
  • Click on the “Apply to Graduate” link to begin your graduation application.

2- GWUSB Ranked #19 by US News for Best Online Graduate Business Programs. The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) ranked #19 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The rankings assess master’s-level business degrees that are not MBA programs. Ranking formula includes Student engagement (33 percent); Admissions selectivity (20 percent); Peer reputation (20 percent); Faculty credentials and training (13.5 percent); and Student services and technology (13.5 percent). GWUSB is offering two non-MBA online programs: the Master of Science in Project Management and the Master of Tourism Administration. Only three universities offering Master of Science in Project Management made it to the top 20 list, including GWUSB. Thank you to the level of support we get from our current students and alumni. You are clearly making a big difference!

3- Career Events and Job Opportunities:  

CIA Info Session – 1/25

  • Are you curious about how your skills can be applied to a career in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)? Learn all about the diverse careers offered at the CIA during this info session with a CIA analyst. All majors and academic programs are invited. Register here.

Federal Resumes 101 – 1/29

  • Learn how to interpret a federal job or internship posting on USAJOBS.gov, and get the scoop on how to put together a strong federal resume in this small group workshop. Ask a career coach specific questions, pick up useful handouts, and get a jump on the federal application process! Sign up here.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Info Session1/23

  • ADB is the leading developmental financial institution dedicated to reducing poverty and improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. ADB offers exciting career opportunities for young and talented professionals including internships, fellowships, and a Young Professionals Program. The presentation will be delivered by Toshio Oya, Director General, ADB who will provide an overview of the career opportunities at ADB. Registration link can be found here.

Society of International Development DC Career Fair – 1/30 

  • Free Registration for First 100 Registered GW Students & GW Alumni. Students can register here, with the following promo code: GWPASS2018. After the 100, students can sign up at the Student Member rate of $15. When registering students MUST use their GW email addresses.

Tesla – Sr. Manager, Global Leadership Development – Application Deadline: 1/31

  • The Global Leadership Development Sr. Manager will be a member of the Global Leadership Development team and lead the development, execution and evaluation of leadership and management development for global Sales, Service, and Delivery. Application link can be found here.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. Pharmaceutical Product Marketing

  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a global bio-pharmaceutical company, is actively recruiting for a business student (with healthcare background or interest in the healthcare industry) to join their product marketing team. Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: January 16, 2018

Top 3 for 16 January 2018

1- Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to GW for our new MSPM students! We welcome all returning students back to the program. This is the first day of the semester and an exciting time at GWU as we continue to attract high caliber students.  Get to know our new students by viewing their MSPM Bio here. You may also check out previous Bio Books under the Resources tab at www.gwprojectmanagement.org.

2- Thank you MSPM Student Orientation volunteers! The MSPM Student Orientation held last Friday, 12 January was a success. Thanks to MSPM Alumni Robert Endler and Kim Hurst as well as current MBA-MSPM student, Melody Peppard for participating in the student panel.  Special thanks to Melody for bringing MSPM alumni to the networking event following the student panel: Taghreed Mahdi, Shabnam Javid, Sharon White and Durriyyah Johnson. Check out orientation photos on our Facebook page.

3- Interested in Study Away Programs? Learn more about these opportunities by attending program information sessions. Study away programs are great opportunities for students to earn general elective credit during academic breaks. International and/or experiential courses allow students to gain expertise in a specific country and sector while networking with students across the School of Business and GWSB partner institutions overseas.

Information Sessions:

Long-term Study Abroad – Take classes for a semester or module at a GWSB partner university abroad | Tuesday, January 30th 5:00 – 6:00pm | 2201 G Street NW | Funger Room 520 | Washington, DC 20052 | Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Short-term Study Away – Take classes during GW academic breaks | Thursday, January 25th 6:00 – 7:00pm | 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 254 Washington, DC 20052 | Reception to follow

MSPM in the KNOW: January 9, 2018

Top 3 for 9 January 2018: 

1- Spring 2018 begins on Tuesday, 16 January. Make sure you are signed up for classes listed on your DegreeMAP. Review schedule of classes and register now to secure your seat and to avoid penalty from late registration. Confirm your schedule by logging into GWeb.  Courses and class schedule can be found via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time tab. This site provides your official registration details.

2- Spring 2018 Textbook List. The Spring 2018 MSPM textbook list is now available! Click here to view 201801 MSPM Textbook List.

3- Networking events and Job opportunities:

2201 G Street NW, Duques Lobby, 10 AM-12:30 PM EST | Event open to public |  RSVP via Handshake.

Exelixis

  • Interested in a quest to treat and defeat cancer? Join Exelixis! At Exelixis, everyone is focused on one common goal – launching new medicines that give patients and their families hope for the future. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and are essential to helping us realize our maximum potential. View multiple jobs available at: https://www.exelixis.com/careers/join-us/

If interested, contact MSPM student, Maria Martinez via mbmartinez@gwmail.gwu.edu.

Banco Adopem Summer InternshipApplication Deadline: 1/15

  • Banco Adopem is seeking students who have an interest in micro-enterprise/micro-financing to join their team in Dominican Republic. Applicants who are proficient in oral and written Spanish are highly encouraged to apply. Application link can be found here.

Hilti is Hiring Recent Grad Alumni

MSPM in the KNOW: December 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 December 2017:

1- DNSC 6247 Organization, Management and Leadership Course. Announcement, we are changing instructors for DNSC 6247 campus and distance sections beginning Spring 2018. Changes are as follows:

CRN 38063, DNSC 6247 Campus (10) will be taught by Dr. Robert Gaarder.          Dr. Gaarder is an Executive Coach and Organization Development Consultant to leaders of professional service organizations. He has been teaching with GWU since 2012 and owns a Professional Training & Coaching company, Leadership Resources. You may view Dr. Gaarder’s profile here.

CRN 38076, DNSC 6247 Distance (DE) will be taught by Dr. Julia Keleher.            Dr. Keleher is currently serving as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She has been teaching with GWU MSPM program since 2012 and founded her own company, Keleher and Associates in 2009. See more information here.  

2- Spring 2018 elective. The MSPM program is going to offer one, 3-credit elective course in Spring 2018 semester. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the MSPM program.  Below is a brief description of course offering: 

DNSC 6235: Communication Strategies in Project Management, DE (3 credits) This course examines leadership and management practices related to communication that facilitate successful project management. The course considers project communications across various organizational settings and through the five (5) project management process areas. We will focus on strategies and practices related to 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance reporting. Course readings focus on best practices in these areas. The culminating course project requires the application of practices learned in the context of an actual project.

Course instructor: Dr. Julia Keleher (jbkeleher@email.gwu.edu)

Check out schedule of classes for full list of DNSC and general elective options. Schedule an advisement session with Agnes for guidance www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3- GW Holiday Hours and Closures. GW will be closed December 22, 25, 29 and January 1. If you need to contact the MSPM program office or schedule an advisement session, please do so with these dates in mind. It is best to schedule an advisement session before December 22, or after January 1.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 12, 2017

Top 3 for 12 December 2017

1- Fall 2017 Capstone Residency Week. We welcome MSPM students enrolled in DNSC 6269 Capstone (DE) for the residency week here at GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. Capstone is the culmination of students’ academic experience in the MSPM program. It has the cumulative learning content of all the other courses in the MSPM curriculum. Students learn to integrate all they learned from day one and demonstrate their ability through their capstone projects. Previous capstone students have produced handbooks for managing Ocean Cleanup Project, Mars project, UN-assisted elections, and the like. The residency week allows distance learning students to present their final work. All the best to each one of you as you make the final push for your Capstone presentations!

2- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 2018 is ongoing. All current students must be either enrolled in coursework or on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) no later than 15 January 2018. Students are expected to self-register for courses via GWeb. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Thank you to those who attended the JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration last Friday, 8 December, featuring Robert (Bob) Estes. It was a good mix of attendees: current and incoming students, alumni, faculty, staff and non-GWU affiliated guests. Bob did a wonderful job with his presentation highlighting application of project management in scientific research and development. MSPM alumna, Kim Hurst (’17), provided JPSS giveaways for the event. The GWPMA table staffed by Ishai Trani (VP Elect) encouraged guests to assemble a paper model of the weather satellite project to win a t-shirt.  Check out photos posted on our facebook page.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 November:

1- Spring 2018 Registration. Reminder, registration for Spring 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 to enroll in capstone, you must 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 Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

2- Scholarships and Fellowships.

Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for AAUW International Fellowships. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts and sciences. Application deadline: 1 December 2017. Read more.

Spark your sustainability career by becoming an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps (EDFFC) fellow! EDFFC Fellows work on innovative projects such as: scaling energy efficiency, setting sustainability goals, accelerating renewable energy, evaluating supply chain sustainability and more. Check out job description here. Compensation is $1,250 per week and reimbursement of travel costs to the training and Energy Solutions Exchange, EDFCC’s annual conference. For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with your preferred host organization, apply by 5 December 2017 11:59 pm PT. Final application deadline is 5 January 2018 11:59 pm PT. For more information, visit the EDF Climate Corps website.

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: 15 February, 1 April, 1 July, 1 September

3- Events Roundup:

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 AM Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington DC 20052 ***Room changed to Duques 453

JPSS-1: Post Launch Celebration | 8 December 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM | 2201 G Street Northwest 1st Floor Lobby Washington, DC 20052 | Event open to public, RSVP by 4 December via http://evite.me/rZkysEwhvK

DC Fiscal Policy Institute is hiring!

JOB TITLE: Public Policy Analyst, Workforce Development 
Short Description: The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org) is seeking a Policy Analyst to lead the organization’s research and advocacy on workforce policies in the District of Columbia, with a focus on issues affecting low-income workers and communities of color. We are looking for someone to dive into the data, propose and analyze policy solutions that reduce unemployment, strengthen family income supports, and make every business in the District a better place to work. The ideal candidate will excel at producing original research, building relationships, leading advocacy efforts on these issues, and informing the public and the press about local budget debates.
Full Job Announcement: http://statepriorities.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Policy-Analyst-DCFPI-announcement-Oct-2017.pdf

JOB TITLE: Development Director 
SHORT DESCRIPTION: The DC Fiscal Policy Institute is seeking a Development 
Director to manage all aspects of the organization’s work to meet its annual $1.2 million fundraising target. We are looking for someone who can maintain DCFPI’s robust set of donor engagement and outreach activities, and develop strategies to improve outreach to new foundation and major donor prospects. The ideal candidate will excel at interacting and communicating with donors, planning donor-focused events, identifying ways to engage new donor prospects, grant writing, and managing donor information.
Full Job Announcement: 
https://www.dcfpi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Devt-Director-Job-Descrip-Oct-2017-1.pdf