Presidential Management Fellows Information Session

University of Pennsylvania
Presidential Management Fellows Program
September 2010
PMF: What It Is
• Leadership Development Program for
graduating Masters and PhD students
• 2-year fulltime job with full benefits in the
Federal Government
• Provides professional development and
opportunity for rotation
• Provides professional network
Benefits of the PMF
• Flexible starting grades: GS9, GS11,
or GS12
• Guarantee of appointment to full-time
permanent position for those
certified at completion of 2 years
• Streamlined application process thru (no KSAs required!)
Who’s Eligible for the 2011
• Students completing an accredited
masters or PhD between September
1, 2010 and August 31, 2011
• Students must receive nomination by
their Dean, Assistant Dean, or
Academic Program Director
If you plan to apply…
• This presentation serves as a summary
of the application process. It’s very
important to familiarize yourself with the
website and note any details specifically
applicable to your candidacy.
– The website is currently being updated
PMF 2011: Important Dates
Application for the PMF Class of 2011 opens via a vacancy announcement
on USAJOBS opens October 1
Deadline for application is October 15
Nominations must be submitted by nominating official to PMF
between October 15-31
Mid November 2010
Applicants officially notified of eligibility and nomination status
Nominees notified of assessment date/time/location
Mid-December 2010
Nominees notified of semi-finalist status via email
January/February 2011
Assessments conducted nationwide for the semi-finalists
Late February/Early March 2011
Nominees notified of finalist status
Mid-March/Early April 2011
PMF Class of 2011 Finalists invited to Job Fair, Finalists contact
recruiters, Agency visits (Washington, DC, metro area)
Application process
• Graduate students submit online application via
USAJOBS– “Applicant” or via a link on PMF website
• Nominating Officials nominate applicants based on
competitive nomination process – “Nominee”
• OPM invites Nominees to an online, un-proctored
assessment – based on score, selected Nominees
become “Semi-Finalists”
• Semi-Finalists are invited to an in-person assessment
center (similar to previous assessment process) –
based on score, selected Semi-Finalists become
• Finalists secure positions with a Federal Agency –
upon appointment, status changes to “Fellow”
You may apply through your school or through
CURF (Center for Undergraduate Research and
• Read the common list of errors (on PMF website)
• Review, review, review
• Submit application on-line at
by 10/15 midnight deadline
• Print out copy of your submission verification
• Print nomination form and provide to your
nominating official
Nomination process
• Submission of nominations must be done via fax
and only one submission at a time (schools should
keep copies of fax transmittals for verification)
• Schools are unable to verify fax submissions
• Applicants can check the status after a few business
days via their Application Manager account
• The deadline for submitting nominations is 11:59:59
p.m. (Eastern Time), Sunday, October 31, 2010
• Nomination Officials sign and fax the PMF
Nomination Form only for students the school
wishes to nominate
• Academia guidance and nomination information can
be found on the PMF website – SHARE WITH YOUR
Nominating Officials
Nomination Official
Provide materials to:
Susan Ross
Judy Jackson
Fels Institute
David Thornburgh
Karen Kille
Dr. Stanton Wortham
Jessie Harper
Law School
Gary Clinton
Department Chair
Jouretha Bourjolly
Peggy Bishop Lane
Jennifer Savoie
According to the PMF policies, the student's chair, program director, or dean should complete the nomination.
Penn’s Nomination Procedure
using CURF
• By October 19, submit to CURF:
– Resume
– 500 word statement of purpose
– Nomination Form
• By October 27, CURF will make/confirm
nomination decisions, notify applicants and
submit nominations
• Applicants can confirm nomination with OMB
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Several graduate and professional schools have their own nominating official
and process. For those graduate and professional schools that do not, CURF
provides a unified nominating process. In sequence, what the applicant needs
to do is:
1. complete the Presidential Management Fellows Program application on the
program web site
2. Request for Nomination Form completed and delivered to CURF
3. unofficial graduate transcript
The CURF nominating official is:
Cheryl Shipman
Fellowships Coordinator, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
3601 Locust Walk
[email protected]
Applications must be submitted online and supplementary materials arrive at
CURF no later than October 19th. Applicants must finish their graduate degree
no later than August 31, 2010.
External website
Tony Cho
MCP ’05
PMF Class of 2005,
Federal Transit Administration in the US
Department of Transportation
Penn Class of 2009 PMFs
Brittany Gibbs, MGA, HUD
Timothy Murphy, MGA, Department of
Faith Cole, MCP
Penn Class of PMFs 2010
• John Paul Christy, PhD in Classical Studies Broadcasting Board of Governors
• Michael Freiman, PhD in Statistics - U.S. Census
• John Higgins, Master of Government Administration
- Office of Housing
• Allan Medwick, Ed.D. in Education Policy, National
Institutes of Health
• Ashley Robin, M.S. in Statistics, Measurement and
Research – Food and Drug Administration
• There were four other were finalists. One has
withdrawn and for three there is no indication that
they have accepted.
Federal Government 2010
Fall Programs and Dates
Finding & Applying for Federal Jobs and Internships Workshop Tuesday, September 28 3 - 4 pm McNeil Building, Room 97
2010 Policy and Government Career Fair - Friday, October 1 11 - 3
pm Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
Business-related Jobs in the Federal Government Panel &
Reception -(rescheduled from Spring 2010) Thursday, October 14 4 6 pm Houston Hall, Golkin Room
International Development Careers in the Government Panel Friday, October 29 12 - 1 pm Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall
Insiders’ Perspective on Finding Jobs and Internships in the
Government - November 2 4:30 - 5:30 pm McNeil Building, Room 97
Careers in Science & Engineering in the Federal Government
Panel & Lunch - Friday, November 5 12 to 1 pm Houston Hall, Ben
Franklin Room
State Department Information Session - TBA
Department of Homeland Security Information Session -TBA
AAAS Information Session -TBA
Federal Government – Career
Services Web Resources
Careers in Federal Government - “Make an Impact” website
Explore the wide range of federal opportunities
Resources for Your Federal Job and Internship Search
Application tips for your government search
Career Services Events & the Federal Career Fair
Profiles of federal employees
Contact Information
Center for Undergraduate Research and
Cheryl Shipman, [email protected]
Career Services Advisors:
Julie Miller Vick, [email protected]
Rosanne Lurie, [email protected]
Sharon Fleshman, [email protected]
Karen Kille, Fels Institute of Government,
[email protected]

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