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 www.meetme.so/gwmspm (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 https://banweb.gwu.edu/PRODCartridge/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin

  • 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: www.aarp.org/careers– 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 mspminfo@gwu.edu if you will be there.

Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities and Culture | Mon 30 October | 5:30 PM | Duques 651 | RSVP at ibi@gwu.edu

MSPM in the KNOW: October 17, 2017

Top 3 for 17 October 2017

1- Reminder, the George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. Open positions are announced here. The candidate must be a current MSPM student and be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors. Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017.

2- VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant, applications due 15 November. Thanks to the generosity of former GW Trustee Mark Shenkman, the GW VALOR Professional Credentialing (VPC) Grant is able to reimburse military-affiliated students for the cost of a professional exam required to advance their career. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be used toward professional certification including the PMP exam. Applications due no later than 15 November. Review application details and apply here.

3- PMI® Global Conference, 28-30 October. The GWMSPM is participating at the PMI® Global Conference scheduled from 28-30 October at McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois. MSPM alumnus, William Davis has generously offered his time to volunteer and join us at our exhibit table. We are thrilled to have him represent our program. If you are attending the PMI Global Conference, please come see us at booth #612 at the Exhibition Hall. The PMI Global Conference is not only a place to learn about new project management tools and services, but a place to meet up with colleagues! Let us know if you will be there, email mspminfo@gwu.edu.

MSPM in the KNOW: October 10, 2017

Top 3 for 10 October 2017

1- Student Holds. A quick reminder to check any holds on your account before Spring 2018 registration opens on 9 November.  All holds should show up on your GWeb account. Students should contact 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- Are you a leader looking to improve your leadership skills? The George Washington University Project Management Association (GWPMA) is seeking nominations from MSPM students to serve on the Board of Directors for at least a one-year term. The GWPMA is a student organization with a mission to promote the project management discipline, the MSPM program, and its students while providing professional development and networking activities. The candidate must:

  1. Be a current MSPM student
  2. Be able to serve a one-year term on the GWPMA Board of Directors

The GWPMA Board of Directors will finalize board Elections on 23 October 2017.

Nominations must be received before 5:00 PM ET on 20 October 2017

View list of open positions here.

3- Free events for MSPM students and alumni:

PM University Talks

Thursday, 12 October 2017 Time: 5:30-7:30 PM (EDT)

REGISTER HERE

Registration is free to current students. MSPM has one more spot left to sponsor an alumni. Email aesocrates@gwu.edu if interested.

The Power of Communication Webinar, recording now available!  Don’t miss your opportunity to view the GWPMA’s pilot webinar, “The Power of Communication” at the link below! This webinar was made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA International Student Representative). Webinar was held on 29 September and recording is now available for those who missed it.

PLAY RECORDING (1 hr)  https://business-gwu.webex.com/business-gwu/lsr.php?RCID=bbcff12dfa2ee0a4465fc1bdc1011c24  Recording password: (This recording does not require a password)

MSPM in the KNOW: October 3, 2017

Top 3 for 3 October 2017:

1- Thank you Angela Knight and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA) for organizing a webinar, The Power of Communication, held on 29 September featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. Event provided opportunity to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and gain practical skills in project communication.

Those who attended the webinar have the opportunity to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win sixth edition of PMBOK Guide released 6 September 2017 and a GWU MSPM t-shirt. Drawing will be held this week and winners will be notified via email!

2- Application for Spring 2018 Short Term Study Away Programs (STAPs) due 29 October. Thinking about studying abroad to fulfill your elective requirement in MSPM? Check out the G&EE website to learn more about STAPs and to access the online application. Short Term Study Away Programs are the best way for graduate students to exercise international mobility while at the GW School of Business. STAP programs are taught by faculty from GW or one of GWSB’s international partner universities. Program offerings are designed to expose graduate students to opportunities for global learning.

3- Free events for students and alumni:

PMI Virtual Student Summit                                                                                      Wednesday, 4 October 2017 |10:00 AM – 2:30 PM (EDT)                                    REGISTER HERE

United Nations 101: Virtual Session                                                                         Friday, 6 October 2017 | 12-1 PM (EDT)                                                                         Register via Handshake under Events

PM University Talks                                                                                                         Thursday, 12 October 2017 | 5:30-7:30 PM (EDT)                                                              Event Location: George Washington University School of Business                          2201 G Street NW Duques Room 451 Washington, DC 20052                        REGISTER HERE

Already graduated from the MSPM program? We are pleased to offer three free seats to the PM University talks for those who already graduated from the program. Contact aesocrates@gwu.edu if interested.

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: 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 (aesocrates@gwu.edu) 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 (jadej@gwu.edu) 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 info@pmiwdc.org)

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

Top 3 for 25 July

1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:

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

This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.

Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!

Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP

**This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

REGISTER 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 18, 2017

Top 3 for 18 April 2017

1- Congratulations Angela Knight and team! The GW Project Management Association (student organization), headed by Angela Knight, recently secured funding from GWSB central office for student engagement activities for school year 2017-2018. Each year, student organizations at GW submit proposals for their budget and go through a series of approval process. This was a big challenge for GWPMA last year as majority of the funding request has not been approved. With Angela’s leadership and collegial work with the GWPMA Board, MSPM program and past GWPMA President Krishna Tummala, the board successfully secured its own funding this school year. Read the blog here. Congratulations Angela and team for this huge success!

2- New GWSB Graduate Certificate Programs announced. In a memo yesterday, Dr. Vivek Choudhury introduced new Graduate Certificate Programs offered at the GWSB effective Fall 2017. A copy of the memo was emailed to all students today, 18 April. This is great news for those who would like to supplement their MSPM degree with another graduate level degree program. MSPM students may complete a general elective that may earn credits toward a graduate certificate with approval from the program. For more information about the Graduate Certificates, please visit: http://business.gwu.edu/programs/graduate-certificates

3- Registration for Fall 2017. Reminder, registration for Fall 2017 began on Monday, 17 April. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seats before courses close. Students may register for classes on GWeb. View course offerings via the registrar’s website.

If you need assistance with registration, schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. 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 department.