Presidential Management Fellowship Program

Attention 3L students:
The 2008 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program application period is now open. The online application must be completed by October 15, 2008. Please see below for important information about the application and nomination process.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is the premier program for leadership development in the public sector. 3L students interested in pursuing a career with the federal government are encouraged to consider applying for the program.

The purpose of the PMF program is to attract outstanding men and women to the Federal service. Each year the program draws fellows from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.The program provides a two-year federal government fellowship to individuals who have completed a graduate-level course of study at an accredited college or university. Since 1977, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program and its predecessor, the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, have been attracting outstanding graduate, law, and doctoral-level students to the Federal service.

The PMF program is a passport to a unique and rewarding career experience with the Federal Government. It provides Fellows with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they acquired from graduate study. PMF assignments may involve public policy and administration, domestic or international issues, information technology, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, law, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs.

In recent years the number of fellows has ranged between four hundred and six hundred. There is not a set number of fellows selected per year. The number hired is based on the hiring projections of agencies as well as the number of highly-qualified applicants.

Fellows must have a graduate degree, meaning that they will be at least at a GS-9 pay level ($45,040-$90,698 in the greater Washington DC area, varies by geographic region). Many graduates may be at a higher level depending on their degree and previous work experience.

The online application closes October 15, 2008. You will be able to apply via a vacancy announcement on USAJOBS (search for Presidential Management Fellow) and on the “PMF Application” webpage.

Note: The positions are typically non-legal in nature.

Further information on the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website.


Interested applicants should stop in the Career Development Office to pick up an information booklet, which contains information regarding the application and nomination process. The booklets are available at the front reception desk. Please pay special attention to the nomination procedures. If you have any questions about the nomination procedure, please make an appointment to meet with Sarah Klein by calling (305) 284-2668 or stopping by the front reception desk of the CDO.
Again, the online application is due by October 15, 2008 and applications can be submitted via a vacancy announcement on USAJOBS or on the “PMF Application” webpage.