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The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a leadership program is for advanced degree candidates (aka Gov’t Rockstars) at the entry level. It is a two-year assignment in the Federal government that includes salary and benefits. After Fellows have qualified through a rigorous and competitive process (it’s kind of tough but worth it) they will have an opportunity to work at a Federal agency, or you may have the option to participate in a rotational opportunity at another agency. If you have a passion for public service, we hope you do, then this leadership development program is for you.
Why Be a PMF?
The PMF Program is a great opportunity to work for the federal government and get 160 hours of policy, management and leadership training over 2 years—Plus you get paid with benefits. There is also the possibility of student loan repayment for your education loans. The program also serves as a professional development experience– you will receive feedback on your work, 4-6 month development assignments, potential for promotion. And of course with all of this comes the prestige of having completed the program.
How to Become a PMF?
Step One: Take the Online Assessment
The following sample questions are from OPM’s Assessment Prep Guide.
A. Situational Judgment- 30 – 48 Questions – (30 – 40 minutes)
Part A. Situational Judgment Assessment
A) Complete the task as best you can.
Part B. Life Experience Assessment
A) much less than others did
Part C. Writing Sample
Step 2: In-Person Assessment
After receiving a notice that you are a semi- finalist, you will have to travel to four assessment locations. This year it was in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
The three sections of the in-person assessment:
You will have 25 minutes to prepare for the individual presentation. The individual oral presentation will last a total of 5 minutes. The trained PMF Evaluators, who are Federal agency representatives, are charged with evaluating:
Your group exercise will last 30 minutes. Evaluators are charged with evaluating:
You will be given 45 minutes for the writing exercise.
Your essay will be evaluated for:
So You’re a Finalist! Now What?
You have to get hired into a PMF position, pass a background investigation, and go through your agency’s on-boarding process.
Attend the Job Fair
Good Luck Gov’t Rockstars!
We Know You Can Do It!
How can GovLoop Help You?
Join the PMF Group
GovLoop has a group of PMF’s and Alums. In this group PMF candidates, alum and current PMF’s share advice on the assessment process and hiring procedures to hopefully give you the edge for next years application process.
Read PMF Blogs
Blogs include information on the personal experiences of PMF candidates as they go through the assessment process, current Presidential Management Fellows, public service career experts, and discussions on the process from start to finish.
Advice from Past PMFs
Meet Past and Present PMF’s