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 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:

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 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

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.


  • 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:

If interested, contact MSPM student, Maria Martinez via

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 (

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

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 (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 ( to register. Unsure what to register for or looking to change your degree plan? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via (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

MSPM in the KNOW: October 24, 2017

Top 3 for 24 October 2017

1- Spring 2018 schedule now available. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Questions about classes to sign up for? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via (include your GWID).

Students must clear any outstanding holds to be eligible to register.To view the hold on your account, please visit: GWeb at

  • Choose Student Records
  • Choose Student Records Information Menu
  • Choose View Administrative Holds

2- Internships, Fellowships and Job Opportunities

Congressional Budget Office Seeks a Public & Private Mandates Analyst – Deadline 10/25

  • The Budget Analysis Division is seeking an analyst for its Public and Private Mandates Unit to help CBO carry out its responsibilities under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. More information can be found here.

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is Hiring Project Manager – Deadline n/a

  • HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union) is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to amplify HOPE’s efforts to extend its mission and impact among Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Read more here.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Info Session – 10/25

  • Learn more about the internships and full time career opportunities in Healthcare Consulting, Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing & Sales, Finance, Health Policy, and more! More information can be found here. 

American Express Graduate Internships – Accepting Applications Now

  • Opportunities are available in Consulting, Marketing, HR, Strategy, etc. More information can be found here.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

  • Seeking recent and current graduate students. Application opens on 10/23 at noon. More information can be found here.

Johnson & Johnson HR Leadership Development Program Virtual Info Session – 11/1

  • Open to all master students. Ideal for students with +5 years of work experience. Registration can be done here.

AARP – Strategy & Performance Part-Time, Year-Round Internship for Grad Students

  • Need a strong graduate student who is interested in a part-time, year-round internship (in January) with our Community States & National Affairs team.  Intern has to have a keen attention to detail, strong Excel and data mining experience, maintain data and content and project management support.  Students can apply directly to:– Job # 12459229.

3- Events Roundup:

PMI® Global Conference | 28 – 30 October 2017 | McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois Stop by the GW MSPM booth (#612) at the Exhibition Hall. Email if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at

MSPM in the KNOW: August 1, 2017

Top 3 for 1 August:

1-    Fall 2017 Registration. Reminder, Fall 2017 registration is ongoing. All students are required to be continuously enrolled each fall and spring semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses. To view available course offerings, go to the registrar’s website and register via GWeb when ready.

If unable to register due to personal or medical reasons, students may consider Leave of Absence (LOA). Consult with your advisor, Agnes Socrates ( prior to filing for LOA to fully understand impact on your degree completion.

2-    Graders needed for Decision Sciences Courses for Fall 2017. The job is ideal for campus students who are interested in working part-time with flexible hours.  Grader duties include assisting Decision Sciences faculty with grading assignments and posting grades on blackboard. Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading. Time is quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department.  Current students in good standing who had already taken the following courses are eligible to apply:

DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5)

DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making (1.5)

DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management (3)

Submit your resume to Jade Abrams ( if interested.

3-    2017 PM Symposium. The PM Symposium provides a forum focused on developing project managers of all skill levels through professional development opportunities (7 PDUs will be available throughout the day). The symposium is also an opportunity for companies to meet project managers seeking career transition and matching interests, skills, and experience to their needs. If you are active in the project management community, don’t miss the premiere Symposium for the DC Metro Area. Check out the Agenda to see this year’s speakers and topics. All sessions will be worth PDU credits for PMPs with up to 7 PDUs available throughout the day. Read more.

Date: Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182

Student Rate: $195 (in order to receive the student rate please contact us at


MSPM in the KNOW: June 20, 2017

Top 3 for 20 June

1-  Congratulations Michell Morton and team! MSPM student Michell Morton and team, Connect.DCwere among the finalists for the Cafritz Awards for 2017. Awards were made possible by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in partnership with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees (Read more). Congratulations Michell on your recent achievement!

2-  Elective Options for Fall 2017. MSPM is going to offer one, three-credit elective course in Fall 2017 semester. The following course will fulfill either your Decision Science elective or General elective requirement:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 cr. (Dr. Griffith)

Other elective options that may qualify are below:

DNSC 6209: Forecasting for Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Berea)

DNSC 6201: Introduction to Business Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Grover) *permission from department required to register.

MGT 6290: Leadership and Perspective I and II, 3 cr. (Dr. Bailey)

For more options, review full course listings via the schedule of classes. Unsure what to take for your elective? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3-  Job opportunities with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. MSPM blog has been updated to reflect new job vacancies with the United Nations and other international organizations this month. Check out several opportunities in Washington DC and other locations through this link.