Category Archives: Newsletter/Announcement

MSPM in the KNOW: April 17, 2018

Top 3 for 17 April 2018: 

1- Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 registrations are ongoing. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent students from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as tuition fee due to GW, the need to meet with your advisor, placement on probation, or unmet program requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site 

2- As announced on the newsletter last week, GW is hosting two events this month (see below). Students are highly encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive Professional Development Units (PDUs). Registration is free for students.  

PM University Talks featuring Alan Zucker, PMP (CEO, Project Management Essentials); Chris Girolamo, PMP (Vice President, Software and Systems Engineering Group STG, Inc.); and David S. Maurer, PMP (Ret. Lieutenant Colonel, USA). University PM Talks offer certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) in the following categories:

  • Technical Project Management (0.5)
  • Leadership (0.5)
  • Strategic and Business Management (0.5)

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm | George Washington University
2201 G Street NW Washington Duques Room 453, DC, 20052 Register Here

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Training from the BACK of the Room! 6 Trumps to Shift Your Teaching Stance featuring Kim Braindard (Trainer/Founder of Agile Brain).                                                                                                      

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation                  George Washington University 2201 G Street NW Room: 453 Washington, District of Columbia 20052 Register Here

3- Networking and job opportunities:

 HireDC Fair – Open to alumni and soon-to-be May grads (26 April). Whether you’re looking for a new career in business, education, engineering, health-care, government or non-profit, technology, or other fields you will find all the best employers at HireDC. Event sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Register here.

Gannett/USA Today Needs a Project Coordinator to Start ASAP! GWU recent grads are given priority to apply for this role. You will report to the Head of Consumer Products and will support some of the highest-priority projects and products at the company. Apply here. 

Goodwill Industries International is Seeking a Learning Digital Engagement Intern Goodwill is looking for a student with a background in digital events, event management, marketing, technology based learning, or another related field to join their learning digital engagement team. Apply here. 

K Squared (K2) is Seeking 4 Associates and 1 Analyst to Start ASAP! K2, a private equity fund based in Colorado, is currently looking for four Associates and one Analyst to join their startup. Job descriptions and information can be found on their website here. Watch this video from one of their Senior Associates to learn more about the internship program.  

UNIDOS Position Announcement! UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, is seeking an Event & Meeting Planner to join their Marketing department. The ideal candidate has a minimum of five successful years of professional event and meeting planning experience. Apply here. 

Pitch your business idea to Shark Tank! Register here to pitch your business at the D.C. Casting Call for ABC’s Shark Tank on 4/26.

2018 MSPM Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2018 MSPM award winners!  Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty. Students vote this year went to Dr. Janne Kettunen for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty award.

The MSPM program selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The 2018 results are now available and the winners are as follows: 

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Bakdaulet Turgarayev

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award:

Angela Knight

Vugar Mammadov

Melody Peppard

Phebean Williams

The award winners will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at the Betts Theater and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 18. Congratulations to the winners: Dr. Kettunen, Bakdaulet, Angela, Vugar, Melody and Phebean!

MSPM in the KNOW: April 3, 2018

Top 3 for 3 April 2018:  

1-  Fall 2018 Registration begins 13 April. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? E-mail or schedule an advisement session via and include your GWid.

2- Reminder for graduating students, commencement ticket distribution is ongoing until 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link:

3-  Networking and job opportunities:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is Seeking a Part-Time Client Associate! – Apply by 10 April

  • The Client Associate provides administrative support in all phases of client service, client relationship building, and account maintenance to assist the business activities of Financial Advisors (FAs). Apply here.

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is Hiring Interns Now!

HireDC Fair – Open to alumni, recent graduates, and soon-to-be May grads! 26 April

  • Whether you’re looking for a new career in accounting, consulting, education, engineering, finance, health-care, government or non-profit, investment banking, marketing, media, sales or technology, you will find all the best employers at HIREDC. Register here.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 March 2018  

1- Commencement Tickets. Graduating students may pick up tickets for University Commencement and GWSB Doctoral and Masters celebration beginning 2 through 27 April 2018. Pick up hours are from 9AM to 6PM, location is in GWSB Office of Events Duques Room 355. Completion of graduation survey is required prior to picking up your tickets. Please bring photo ID and proof of survey completion when retrieving your tickets.  More information regarding ticket distribution is found on this link:

2- Upcoming Events:

PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon: Going with Agile or Growing with Agile? Energile’s Agile Ingredients to Build High Performing Teams and Organizations featuring Mahendiran Periyasamy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 11:30am networking, 12 – 1:00pm presentation

Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Room: 453 Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Register Here

Agile Transformation has been the proven game-changer towards the positive transformation in building high performing Agile culture embedded teams and the high performing organizations. Agile and live coaching can lead to better methods of continuous improvements in the journey of building and scaling up the teams’ high performance. This will help the organizations to enable high product development speed while maintaining a highly available service.

Study Abroad Project Management Applications: PyeongChang Olympics Project Planning Observations featuring Melody Peppard (MBA-MSPM student)

Friday 6 April 2018 | Duques Hall Room 258 2201 G Street NW Washington DC 20052 | 4:30-5:30 PM 

This event will provide an overview of the Olympic Games planning cycle with experiences learned from attending 2018 PyeongChang winter games. Project management concepts and challenges will be discussed for each stage of the planning phases from a Host City of the Olympic Games perspective and an International Olympic Committee perspective. MSPM students are highly encouraged to attend this presentation. RSVP is required via email invitation sent on 26 March. Contact Agnes Socrates, if you have not received your invite.

3- BNY Mellon is Seeking a Sr. Representative in Mutual Fund/Client Accounting!  The person in this role will serve as a lead for the day-to-day operations of a small- to medium-sized fund accounting support team, providing work direction and technical assistance on complex matters. Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 20, 2018

Top 3 for 20 March 2018: 

1- Thank you to those who sent their entries for free registration to the Spring 2018 PMP Review Course. Awardees have been selected last week and were notified via email. Those who have not been selected, please keep an eye on future announcements.

2- NASA Needs Your Help! MSPM student and NASA’s CERES Deputy Project Manager, Bob Estes, extends an invitation to everyone to record cloud observations to validate CERES project data: no experience necessary! From March 15 through April 15, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app. Researchers use, and value, this citizen science cloud data because it helps to validate data from Earth-observing instruments. Scientists at Langley work with a suite of six instruments known as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES).

Citizen science observations are especially helpful now because scientists are starting to verify data from a new CERES instrument. CERES FM6 launched to orbit on 18 Nov. 2017, and began taking measurements on 5 Jan. 2018. There is also a CERES instrument currently flying on Suomi NPP.

3- Networking, internship and job opportunities. Each week the MSPM program is receiving requests to post information about jobs and networking opportunities. Below is summary of opportunities this week:

Smarter Faster Revolution21 March

Students still seeking are invited to attend this event at Howard University to learn how to prepare for summer internships and spring hiring. There will be an optional recruiting session with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Axios, followed by a conversation on jobs of the future. Register here.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Jobs and Internships Webinar19 April

Designed specifically for students and recent graduates who are interested in beginning a career with FEMA, this virtual event will feature an overview of FEMA’s application and hiring process, highlight exciting entry-level program opportunities, and a panel of FEMA experts will answer live questions from webinar participants. Event is free for participants. To register for the event, visit As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Partners of the Americas – Hiring Now for their DC Office! Partners of the Americas is recruiting for the Finance & Accounting Traineeship Program. This traineeship is paid and the compensation rate will be determined based on prior experience and education. Application link can be found here.

American Political Science Association (APSA) is seeking a Temporary Accountant. The position will support key accounting projects and various other accounting-related assignments. This is ideal for students pursuing a master’s degree or post graduate in Finance and Accounting. This can potentially to lead to a visa sponsorship. Application link can be found here.

Quinn Fellows Internship Fund. The Quinn Fellows Fund provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing international business internships – overseas or within the U.S., in the public or private sector, and in any type of organization. Each individual award will be up to $5,000. The funding can be used to supplement an unpaid and/or under-funded internship, and also travel and living costs associated with overseas internships. The Quinn Fellows program is funded by a generous donation from Mr. Michael Quinn (an alumnus of the Elliott School of International Affairs and a member of the Boards of Advisors of both the Elliott School and the GW School of Business), and administered by GW-CIBER. The application deadline is 22 April 2018. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

MSPM in the KNOW: March 6, 2018

Top 3 for 6 March 2018

1- 2018 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award. Please cast your votes no later than 5 PM EST, 15 March 2018. The annual Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award recognizes an MSPM faculty member for their contributions to graduate education in project management.  The link to vote was sent via email today.

2- Summer 2018 Registration. Reminder, the Summer 2018 registration is ongoing. This is the best time to fulfill your electives. View course offerings here and register now via GWeb. Questions regarding registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

3- Fellowships and job opportunities.

Start-Up Career & Internship Fair – 3/7

  • The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the GW University Career Fair will be hosting the Startup Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12 PM – 3 PM in the Grand Ballroom. Register here.

Go Global with McKinsey – International Recruiting and Networking ReceptionRegistration Deadline: 3/11

*Opportunity for international students*

  • Are you an international student interested in making a difference in your home country? Are you passionate about developing markets and interested in working in one of McKinsey offices outside of the US? Click here to read more and apply to attend this networking night in New York!

Call for Start Up! 2018 Fellows

  • Start Up! is looking for Fellows to engage with leading social entrepreneurs across India. Ideal candidates are keen to experience social change in action and are eager to develop both internal projects for Start Up! while also sharpening social entrepreneur-led projects in the field. Learn more and apply here.

The Obama Foundation – Social Media Associate 

  • Ideal for a student with 3 – 5 years of experience managing high profile social media communications for start-ups, nonprofits, and/or corporations, as well as extensive experience directly posting on social media platforms (examples of published content and audience growth metrics may be requested). Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 27, 2018

Top 3 for 27 February 2018

1- Student Holds. Summer registration begins on 1 March. Students should review any hold on their accounts that might prevent them from registering for summer semester. To view your holds, log in to GWeb, click “Student Record and Registration” then “Student Records Information Menu.” Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds.” Contact office that placed hold on your account to remove the hold.

2- Commencement Schedule. The 2018 commencement schedule is now available on the blog. The 2018 GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration is scheduled on Friday, 18 May. The University commencement at the National Mall is scheduled on Sunday, 20 May. Graduating students should check out the GWSB schedule and University commencement website to learn more about GWSB-specific and university-wide activities during the commencement week.

3- Fellowships and job opportunities.

Partners of the Americas – Hiring Now for their DC Office!

Cantwell Consulting LLC – Immediate Need for a Part Time Researcher! Application Deadline: 3/1

  • A GW Alumnus is seeking to hire a part-time researcher immediately to help with the beginning phase of his consulting firm. Ideal for students who’ve completed courses in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Application link can be found here.

Starr & Associates is Seeking Associate Consultants

  • Starr and Associates, LLC is seeking a results-oriented individual to join its team as an Associate Consultant driving efficiency and leading change. The position requires an MBA with a concentration in technology, business process design, decision analysis or management. Application link can be found here.

Challenge Detroit Fellowship – Now Accepting Applications!

  • Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow’s leaders to do social impact work in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. During the course of the year, Fellows contribute intellectually and through hands-on service making incremental impact in the community. More details can be found here.

Third Plateau – Social Impact FellowshipApplication Deadline: 3/2

  • Third Plateau, a social impact strategy firm, is recruiting Fellows for their Social Impact Internship Program. Fellows will serve as an integral part of their team, working closely with their leadership, staff, clients, and one another on a wide variety of internal and external projects. Application link can be found here.

MSPM in the KNOW: February 21, 2018

Top 3 for 21 February 2018

1- Summer Registration. As posted on the blog last week, registration for the 2018 Summer Sessions will open on Thursday, 1 March. The MSPM program will be offering two electives that will count toward your MSPM degree:

DNSC 6237 International PM, Ghosh (1.5)

DNSC 6290 PM Methodologies, Khamooshi (1.5)

Register for classes now via GWeb. View full list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. Questions about registration? Schedule an appointment with Agnes Socrates via and include your GWid.

2- Graduation Application for Summer. Students who are completing all program requirements in the Summer 2018 semester, who are participating in May 2018 commencement should apply for graduation by 15 March. Students need to be enrolled in the Summer semester before they will be eligible to submit graduation application. Check out application instructions on the registrar’s website.

3- PMI Washington DC Scholarships. Interested in scholarship opportunities? Check out scholarships offered by Project Management Institute Washington DC Chapter:


George Patton Memorial Scholarship:

Clayman C. Myers, Jr. Scholarship: