PMIEF Scholarships

PMI Educational Foundation – the philanthropic arm of PMI whose is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge – has scholarship opportunities that may offer financial assistance to students attending as well as professionals employed by The George Washington University.

PMIEF academic scholarships provide financial assistance for degree-seeking students studying project management at accredited academic institutions.

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.

In addition to the scholarships, PMIEF also has an award opportunity that could be of interest to students studying PM at The George Washington University called the James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award.  The James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award recognizes excellence in student development of original concepts in project management. Papers are selected based upon the research and creative effort that are best directed toward advancing the concepts, tools and techniques of managing project-oriented tasks. More info on the PMIEF website.

Non-profit and Government Fair, November 17

Non-Profit and Government Career Fair
November 17 | 11:30-3pm |
Register Here

11:30-12:45: Organizations Panel Discussion, Room 309
1:15-3:00: Organizations Expo, Continental Ballroom
NOTE: NSA, FBI, CIA will all be there!


Learn more about career paths within non-governmental organizations, the nonprofit community and the government from seasoned professionals in these fields. This half-day event includes a panel discussion and an organization fair featuring dozens of employers, all designed to educate students and help them build their network of contacts in the nonprofit, NGO and government career areas. This fair features dozens of employers who are recruiting for a wide range of roles including communications, engineering, finance, marketing, operations, policy analysis, research, and teaching. Register in Handshake.

MSPM in the KNOW: November 14, 2017

Top 3 for 14 November 2017:

1- Spring 2018 Registration for DNSC 6269 PM Application (Capstone)! If you are planning to take Capstone in Spring 2018, please send a registration transaction form to Agnes Socrates ( to register. Required information on the form such as CRN, Subject codes, etc. may be viewed from the schedule of classes under Decision Sciences. Capstone requires completion of all core courses. Approved Policy Exception Request is required for students with extenuating circumstances who need to take capstone concurrently with a core course.

2- Volunteers Needed! PMIWDC is working with PM4Change and the SBA to develop pro bono consulting teams to support non-profit organizations. Email your resume if interested. Check out the blog for more information.

3- Events Roundup:

JPSS-1 Launch rescheduled. New projected launch date is 15 November at 4:47 a.m. EST. MSPM program is continuing to communicate with Robert Estes for updates and moral support.  Liftoff can be viewed here:

PMIWDC Luncheon Circle | 30 November 2017 | 11:30 A.M. Networking, 1:00 PM Presentation | GW School of Business 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 651 Washington, DC 20052 | Register here

MSPM in the KNOW: November 7, 2017

Top 3 for 7 November 2017:

1- Update from recently concluded PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop. As posted on the newsletter last week, MSPM alumni, Lawrence Maina (2017), Rahul Rathod (2017), and current student, Angela Knight were selected to participate in the PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop from 3-5 November 2017. We recently learned that another MSPM alumnus, Jiwan Giri (2000) participated in the workshop. Jiwan, Rahul and Angela were selected to write questions for future PMP credentialing exams while Lawrence joined the team of reviewers to edit exam questions during the workshop. According to Angela Knight (GWPMA President), it was a great experience for them to develop and review questions for PMP credentialing exam. They had the opportunity to work with experts from many different industries around the world. They met individuals from Bolivia, South Africa, India, Uruguay and other countries. This is a great achievement for GWMSPM students and alumni!

2- Spring 2018 registration opens on 9 November. Students may review schedule of classes now and register via GWeb during registration period which begins on 9 November 2017 through 15 January 2018.  Any student with questions about classes to sign up for should  schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3- Fellowships and Job Opportunities:

DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Workforce Development Policy Analyst

  • Responsible for leading the organization’s research and advocacy on workforce policies with a focus on issues affecting low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Ideal for someone who can dive into the data, propose and analyze policy solutions that reduce unemployment, strengthen family income supports, and make every business in Washington, DC a better place to work. Full job announcement:

DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Development Director

United Nations Association-National Capital Area Graduate Fellows Program – Deadline extended – 11/16

  • Ideal for students interested in international affairs, development, trade, finance, and related disciplines. Program details and application link can be found here.

Kaiser Permanente Graduate Internship

The Quality & Operations Support department is seeking graduates in public health or business with a focus in health administration. Application details can be found here. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship. 

GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund

KACIF supports GW students in pursuing high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with necessarily-unpaid internships. Facilitated by the university’s Career Services Council and funded through the generous support of alumni, parents and members of the Board of Trustees, KACIF provides grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. Application details can be found here.

GW MSPM Student, Robert Estes Prepares for Weather Satellite Launch!

GW MSPM Student, Robert Estes

Robert Estes, a GW School of Business student in the Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program, is joining National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) effort to launch into orbit the new weather satellite for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). The JPSS-1 is slated to launch this week on 10 November 2017, at an altitude of 512 miles above the earth. Launch schedule has been moved to 14 November as of writing of this blog.


Once launched, the JPSS-1 will be circling in the same plane as the Ball-built Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP). The JPSS-1 will survey landscapes, oceans and the atmosphere to predict incoming weather systems through heat recognition. JPSS-1 represents significant technological advancement in providing weather forecasts three to seven days in advance. JPSS-1 will operate about 50 minutes ahead of Suomi NPP.

JPSS1 Model undergoing final checks. Photo shared by Robert Estes.

Mr. Estes has been a part of this project from concept to launch. He and his team collaborated with several agencies including: scientists from NOAA, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the NASA Langley Research Center, the Nordic Bremen Aerospace Center and Ball Aerospace.

NOAA JPSS Instruments. Photo retrieved from

As posted on an earlier blog, Mr. Estes is a long time Project Manager at NASA, 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 joined the GW MSPM program in Fall 2017. In an interview with the GW Hatchet on September 2017, Mr. Estes recognizes that the skillset needed to work on JPSS-1, often reflected the leadership skills he was learning in his classes.

“There’s tons of ties,” Estes said. “All of the disciplines you find in project management, and as we’re starting to go through organizational risk management, I see that reflected in the work I do almost on a daily basis.”

“It all plays a part in it, and I really put it directly to use,” Estes said.

In support of Mr. Estes and team, the GW MSPM will host a post launch event at GW School of Business on 8 December 2017. The event is open to the public. MSPM students and alumni are highly encouraged to attend.

YouTube link for the live JPSS-1 Launch is posted via:

We wish Mr. Estes and his team all the best on this endeavor!

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Volunteer Opportunity: Probono Consulting with PMIWDC!

Volunteers needed! PMIWDC is working with PM4Change and the SBA to develop pro bono consulting teams to support non-profits. Please email Michael Spead with any questions about this opportunity, Send your resume to if interested.

  • This opportunity will provide you significant networking opportunities and the ability to gain real world experience to augment your resume/references
  • If students make an impact, there may also be an opportunity for ongoing coaching/mentoring from experienced executives/PMs
  • This would likely require commitment of 3-4 hours per week


PMIWDC Luncheon Circle Event, 30 November 2017

Event Date:  Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location:  The George Washington University School of Business
Room 651, 2201 G Street NW

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


About the Event

For too long, traditional classroom instructions have been created on the assumptions that they should be fact based. In the corporate world too, most of the training and lecture content is printed on power point slides. Some might not know that this is not the most effective way to teach or learn. The problems we face with this approach are, learners lose interest during the training or lecturing session and/or they can not retain the information given to them. Various researchers have shown brain based learning techniques are most helpful. Brains normal process is to learn new information or enhance any information. As long as our brains are not prohibited from fulfilling its normal process, learning will occur.

Join us as we understand and explore ways to make concept and training content stick to learners mind. Learn ways to make training interactive, fun and enjoyable by using the learning manifesto.
Teachers, trainers, coaches or even learners can create appropriate experiences and capitalize on those experiences.

Special Instructions:
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management
About the Speaker

Avinash Tripathi

ECOM Consulting, Inc.
Agile Coach

Avinash Tripathi (Nash) is passionate about what he does and firmly believe “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go farther, go together”. Nash is a trainer by profession, a facilitator at heart and a coach by instinct. Nash has worked with several fortune 100 organizations to help them through the change curve, enhance their perspective on agility and consulted on large scale agile transformation. He has spoken at several company events and agile user groups and has led CSM training classes and agile workshops at Companies’ offices across USA with Certified Scrum Trainers.

 About the Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC’s Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graduate Certificate in Marketing & Brand Management

The exciting area of brand management is considered by top executives as a high-demand specialty area of marketing. This certificate program aims to help you diversify and accelerate your career with the goal of attaining a leadership role in your chosen industry. Further, it will empower you with knowledge and skills on how to strategically manage brands to help your organization create and sustain differentiated customer value while building trust and name recognition strong enough to overcome intense competition in local and global markets. This innovative certificate focuses on experiential learning to leverage cutting-edge strategic frameworks and best practices in marketing tools into the understanding of how to align brands with customer personas and journeys; manage superior customer experience; connect customers with brands through multimedia communications; and, create strong brand proposition to meet the desired strategic growth of your organization.

For more information, please view this brief video:


Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF), Spring 2018 Application Accepted Nov 1-15, 2017

GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund
Spring 2018 Applications Accepted November 1 – 15, 2017

Students who will be interning in unpaid internships in the spring of 2018 are encouraged to apply to the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) program.

KACIF supports GW students in pursuing high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with necessarily-unpaid internships. Facilitated by the university’s Career Services Council and funded through the generous support of alumni, parents and members of the Board of Trustees, KACIF provides grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid.

Applications accepted November 1 through November 15, 2017. Interested students can go to the KACIF website to review more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

You are invited to watch this clip of past KACIF recipients thanking donors and talking about their experiences with their internships.

Questions? Contact us at

MSPM in the KNOW: October 31, 2017

Top 3 for 31 October 2017:

1- Congratulations MSPM alumni, Lawrence Maina, Rahul Rathod, and current student, Angela Knight for having been selected to participate in the PMP Mega Exam Development Workshop hosted by Project Management Institute (PMI). Workshop will be held on 3-5 November 2017 at Ritz Carlton hotel in Pentagon City, Virginia. Lawrence, Rahul and Angela will join selected volunteers from all over the world.  They are tasked to review, edit, and/or write items (questions) that may be used in future PMI credential examinations. Congratulations for being a part of this huge endeavor and we thank you for contributing back to the Project Management profession!

2- Welcome New GWPMA Board Members! The current GWPMA Board under the leadership of Angela Knight received nominations for Board positions and casted their votes last week.  Congratulations to Douglas Robertson, GWPMA President elect, and Ishai Trani, Vice President elect. Douglas and Ishai will be working with the current Board effective November 2017 to transition to the next term which begins March 2018. Congratulations and welcome to you both!

3- Events Roundup:

Women in Global Careers Roundtable11/1

  • Round table discussion with women executives from a range of industries and backgrounds. Tickets are $15, which includes dinner, drinks and the round table discussion. For additional details, click here.

GW Energy Conference11/3

  • Participants will get to hear from and meet with senior executives from U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, SIGMA, AES, Rocky Mountain Institute, and T-Mobile. Participants may also submit their resume to be forwarded to industry professionals by 11/2. Register here.

Presidential Management Fellows ProgramDeadline 11/1 at 12PM EST

  • This is a rigorous, two-year paid fellowship includes challenging assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Finalists appointed as PMFs are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas. Students can apply here. Not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Kaiser Permanente Graduate Internship in Quality & Operations Support

Summer 2018 paid internship, which would be ideal for Healthcare MBA students or MSPM students with an interest in Healthcare. The Quality & Operations Support team is part of the internal consulting and analytical group, supporting over 8500 physicians. Application details can be found here. Not eligible for visa sponsorship.