MSPM in the KNOW: September 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 September:

1- GWU MSPM Student, Robert Estes, key member of a weather satellite team. Robert Estes will participate in the launch of a Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) on 10 November. The launch will be held at the Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The JPSS-1 is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite that supports accurate numeral weather forecasts. A long-time NASA project manager, Mr. Estes is responsible for project costs, schedules, technical performance and management of the critical JPSS-1 CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) component. He was instrumental in initiating the contract with aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman to build CERES. Read more.

2- The Power of Communication Webinar. There is still time to register for “The Power of Communication” featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. This is a  webinar made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA Distance Student Representative-International). Event is 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. Register now! Event details are below.

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.

3- Free campus event: Scaling Agile within the Federal Government. Join us for the next PMIWDC Circle Luncheon event on 27 September at GWU campus. Guest speaker, Efrain Velasquez, will discuss how changes in the Federal Government’s acquisition and contracting processes increase pressure to be “more Agile.” Mr. Velasquez will provide a high-level description of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework. Learn more about the speaker and topic here. Event details are below:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation

Event Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652 Washington, DC 20052

REGISTER HERE

 

Resources for International Students

Are you an international student? Wondering where you might get information? Check here!

Academic Support

The University Writing Center

The GW Writing Center is a welcoming academic environment where all members of the GW community can receive free, dedicated attention to their writing and research projects. The Center’s trained undergraduate, graduate, and faculty consultants represent a broad multidisciplinary range of expertise and can work with writers from the very early stages of brainstorming, through drafting and revising, all the way to polishing for publication. Rather than providing proofreading and editing, the Writing Center helps people become stronger editors of their own work and strengthen their abilities as writers.

GW Tutoring Initiative

The GW Tutoring Initiative provides free peer-to-peer tutoring services and resources to all GW students in a wide range of undergraduate courses. A student has 10 free hours of one-on-one tutoring to use each academic year and unlimited group tutoring and drop-in sessions.

ESIA Peer Advising

In addition to the advising from the professional academic advisors, the Elliott School offers supplemental advising from Peer Advisors to ESIA undergraduate students.

GW Library Guide for International Students

This guide is an introduction to GW Libraries for International Students.

GW Library Events

GW Libraries sponsor a wide variety of events for students throughout the semester.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

GW’s EAP program teaches credit-bearing academic writing and oral communication courses to international students. The overarching mission of the program is to socialize international students who speak English as a second or additional language into our academic discourse community by helping them build an academic skill set that will benefit them in their GW coursework and professional career.

Global Resources Center (GRC)

The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with specialized resource centers. The interdisciplinary collections include five specialized collections: the China Documentation Center (CDC); Okinawa Collection / Japan Resource Center (JRC); Taiwan Resource Center (TRC); Resource Center for Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe (REECE); and Middle East and North Africa Resource Center (MENA).

Disability and Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) at GW recognizes disability in the context of diversity. DSS works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence, while also promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Other Resources

International Services Office (ISO)

 

Medical Services

 

Mental Health Services

 

GW Mental Health Services: International Student Group

 

Health Promotion and Prevention Services

 

Colonial Central

 

Tech Commons

 

 

 

Office of Off Campus Student Affairs

 

Center for Career Services_ International Student Assistance

 

International Student Career Ambassadors

 

Tax Department- International Students:

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 July

1-  Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. We have selected the two students who are awarded the free seats to the Summer 2017 PMP Prep Course. For those who did not receive free registration this time, keep an eye for announcement on the blog for the next opportunity. Your student organization is also doing PMP Review study sessions. If interested, contact Phebean Williams at phebeanw@gwu.edu.

2-  International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The MSPM Program is in need of a new delegate for the ISAB for FY17-18. This is a volunteer position ideal for an international student on campus. Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members would meet once a month and help guide G&EE with programming and topics of discussion for international students. If interested, email aesocrates@gwu.edu with your resume by 21 July.

3- GW Fowler Career Center Update and opportunities with the United Nations. GW has transitioned from GWorkSB to a new online career platform called Handshake. The new platform allows you to access over 160,000 companies which is much more than GWorkSB offered. You will be able to customize your profile to receive relevant information based on your interest, experience and education.  Review the quick start quide via this link to set-up your profile.  Contact gwsboci@gwu.edu with any questions.

Interested in Career Opportunities with the United Nations? Check out the UN 360 and Young Professionals Programme:

UN 360. The program includes a semester-long series of site visits, roundtables, and workshops in Washington DC and New York City. Through this experience, students will deepen their understanding of the work of the UN and its partners, connect with professionals and alumni in the field, and explore career possibilities within these organizations. Deadline: 1 August. More info here.

United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations as international civil servants. Applications are now open!

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 www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

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.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 6, 2017

Top 3 for 6 June

1.  Summer 2017 semester. Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ using GWeb for summer session I is Sunday, 18 June. Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb for summer session II is 11 July. Review summer session schedule via this link.

2.  Fall 2017 semester. Registration for Fall 2017 is ongoing. Register for classes via GWeb before they close. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

3.  Job opportunities. This week’s highlighted jobs are listed below. Several opportunities are also available through GWorkSB. Log in and browse through the “Jobs” tab to see all available job postings. New jobs are being added on a daily basis.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Lead Strategic Planner– NNSA Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations requires Lead Strategic Planner to support its Program Management Office.

Parisella Vincelli Associates Consultant – min. 2-3 years of experience in business, including in management

Educe Careers Business Consultant – Consultant/Senior Consultant – min. 2-4 years of experience in consulting/professional service firm

Eagle Hill Consulting Management Consulting Director(Communications/Media/Technology Industry).

Additional ones can be found on Glassdoor by clicking here.

 

 

Job Vancancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations

Public Partnership Specialist (Humanitarian Financing), New York (P-4)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Closing date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Project Associate (Climate Change, Humanitarian System and Insurance), Bonn, Germany
United Nations University (UNU)
Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Closing date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Senior Mission Planning Officer, Mogadishu, Somalia (P-5)
United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Closing date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Financial Control Officer, Manila
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Closing date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Investment Specialist, Manila
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Closing date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Project Analyst, Manila, Philippines
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Closing date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Treasury Analyst (Data Management), Manila, Philippines
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Closing date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017
For more information, please visit: https://unjobs.org/new

MSPM in the KNOW: April 11, 2017

Top 3 for 11 April 2017 

1- Registration for Fall 2017 begins Monday, 17 April. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seat. MSPM classes are offered to non-MSPM students. This often results to seats going away quickly and classes fill up fast. Secure your seats as soon as possible. Continuing students may register for classes through GWeb. List of course offerings are available via the registrar’s website 

Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. All core courses must be completed prior to taking Capstone. To register, complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to aesocrates@gwu.edu. Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences.

2- Application for the Quinn Fellows Fund, due 23 April

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. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

3- Upcoming Events:

 PM University Talks | Tuesday, 2 May 2017  | 5:30pm – 7:30pm                      Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies  | 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001 | **A photo ID is required to attend the event | **Students register here for free

PM After Hours | Wednesday, 3 May 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm                                   Lebanese Taverna, Tyson’s Galleria | 2001 International Dr #1402 | Mclean, Virginia 22102 | Agenda and Cost: 5:30pm – 8:00pm : Networking & Reception | Young Professional Rate: $7 (Please Register Here to receive this special rate)

US Department of Agriculture is hiring IT Project Manager

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced an IT Project Manager position.  USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. It’s ranked as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” by the Partnership for Public Service (Best Places to Work Rankings). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. For more information on USDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, visit FSIS.

This position is located in the Office of the Administrator (OA), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Program Management Division (PMD), Project Management Branch (PMB), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, DC. The work schedule is full-time, M-F.  The majority of the work is performed in a normal office setting. The work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending, lifting is required to perform some tasks such as:

  • Develops, modifies, or provides input to project plans, implements project plans to meet objectives, coordinates and integrates project activities, and manages, leads, or administers project resources, including a substantial budget. Monitors project activities and resources to mitigate risk; implements or maintains quality assurance processes, and makes improvements, solves problems, or takes corrective action when problems arise.
  • Provides presentations or briefings on all aspects of the project, participates in phase, milestone, and final project reviews, and identifies project documentation requirements procedures and all related project artifacts.
  • Develops and implements plans to release products, systems, or other deliverables, keeps abreast of and monitors significant developments related to FSIS Program Areas.
  • Serves as Contract Officer’s Representative (COR) for various projects.

 

Following is the USA Jobs link to the vacancy announcement.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/467078900

 

Quinn Fellows Internship Fund, Application Due April 23rd

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 April 23, 2017.

For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

 

MSPM in the KNOW: March 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 March 2017

1- Trouble registering for Summer 2017? Be sure to remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from registration. To view your holds, log in to GWeb, click “Student Record and Registration” then “Student Records Information Menu.” Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds.”  If you have a financial hold, please direct your questions to student accounts: sao@gwu.edu | 202-994-7350. For administrative holds, email your academic advisor, aesocrates@gwu.edu.

 2- New York City Mayor’s Office of Appointments is hiring several positions. Check out the blog for list of job vacancies.  If interested in applying and you want MSPM program to recommend you, email your resume to aesocrates@gwu.edu.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is seeking a Programme and Project Intelligence Analyst Intern. Check out announcement on the blog for more information.

3- Looking to beef up your presentation skills?  Are you currently on your second year of the MSPM program? Join the “Say It with Presentations” by Gene Zelazny:

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052 10:30 am – 11:00 am – Check-in  11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Workshop

Registration via GWorkSB > is required for this event. Register in via GWorkSB > > Events > Workshops.