Presidential Management Fellowship

  • Are you a United States citizen and a graduate or professional student?
  • Do you have a passion to exercise leadership in the U.S. Government?
  • Are you interested in advancing your career through a variety of challenging assignments in the U.S. Government?

If so, then you should consider applying for the PMF Program.

Career Tracks

The Presidential Management Fellows Program has been around for more than 30 years and is the best way to start a career in the federal government. PMFs can apply to jobs across the federal government and, in the two years of the program, can advance GS pay grade levels.

Sponsoring Agency: This is the primary agency where you will work for the two years of the Fellowship. PMF finalists have one year after they pass the assessments to get hired by a sponsoring agency.

Rotational Opportunities: All PMFs rotate to at least one other bureau, division, office, program, or agency during the two years. The idea is to give PMFs a broader understanding of the government.

Training Opportunities: PMFs grow their professional skills through 80 hours of annual training, totaling 160 hours over the two years.

Application Process

Graduate students apply for the program through a 2-step process:

  1. The Application
    The PMF Program accepts application annually, usually in October. The announcement is posted of USAJOBS and emailed over the Jackson Career Listserv. Students complete the online application and create an online resume. The online assessment portion of the application tests situational judgment, problem solving, adaptability, integrity, motivation, relating to other, and writing. The online assessment is not a knowledge test; it is about your personality and work style
  2. In-Person Assessment
    If you score sufficiently high on the online assessment, you will be invited to the in-person assessment, consisting of an individual presentation, a group exercise, and a writing sample. The in-person assessment is modeled on the Foreign Service Officer Assessment (oral exam).
  • While in the program, you will receive full salary and benefits just like any other Federal employee. In addition, you may be eligible for repayment of your student loans depending on the agency.
  • PMFs are initially hired to Federal agencies at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 level (or equivalents). Actual salaries vary by location.
  • PMFs are eligible for the same benefits as most Federal employees. These include vacation and sick time, health insurance, life insurance, a Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), flexible spending accounts, and more.
Fast Facts
  • The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was created to draw candidates with leadership potential into the Federal Government.
  • The program is considered prestigious and PMFs enjoy advantages in finding jobs, qualify for faster promotions, and get opportunities to rotate outside of their home assignment.
  • The PMF Program hosts an annual spring Job Fair for finalists in Washington, DC, in addition to an online job site. All federal agencies may hire Fellows year round
  • While most PMFs work in DC, Fellows are not limited to that area. Federal PMF openings are available across the United States, visit their web page for lists of agencies and locations. Rotational opportunities may even be open to international offices, multilateral organizations, and NGOs.
Helpful Links

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Yale Alumni Profile

“The PMF is a terrific way to launch a government career. PMFs are highly valued at federal agencies and are often given challenging and meaningful assignments. The program is designed to nurture future leaders, which is evident by the cadre of PMF alumni serving in senior federal positions. I’ll always be proud to be a PMF alumna.”

– Melanie Harris, Jackson MA ‘14, PMF Class of 2014