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PMF 2012-13 Competition Gets Underway

04 Oct Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

The Presidential Management Fellowships (PMF) program is a flagship leadership development program for the U.S. Federal Government, offering students who are completing (or have recently completed) a graduate degree the opportunity to serve in two-year professional work placement in a wide range of Federal agencies.  In addition to salary and benefits, fellows enjoy special professional development and networking opportunities   The PMF program falls under the umbrella of the U.S. Federal Government’s Pathways Programs, which are designed to offer talented U.S. students and recent graduates pathways toward distinguished careers in public service.

Recent changes in the Pathways Program have also brought changes to the PMF, and the application process in 2012-13 will differ in some respects from past years.  The PMF program continues to update its web site to reflect changes to the application procedure, and prospective applicants are encouraged to check back frequently.

Who is Eligible in 2012-13?

  • Graduate / professional students who will complete all degree requirements any time between September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013.  Graduate students from any academic discipline completing a degree at a qualifying college or university (including George Mason University) during the current academic year are eligible to apply.
  • Those who obtained an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university (including George Mason University) no more than 2 years prior to the opening date of the announcement for the Class of 2013 application are eligible to apply.

    In most cases this will mean that anyone who graduated (or will graduate) from December 2010 through August 2013 is eligible.
    Applicants are not required to hold U.S. citizenship, though non-U.S. citizens who reach the Finalist stage will find placement opportunities through this program to be limited.

How to Apply for the PMF Class of 2013

  • November 5-19, 2012:  Submit an application  (including application form, transcript, and resume) via the link on the PMF web site and take the online assessment test.  Applicants may link to the PMF application beginning n November 5.  All application materials must be submitted and the online assessment test completed by 11:59 pm on November 19, 2012.  The assessment test is conducted entirely online and is un-proctored.  It consists of questions testing situational logic, questions designed to assess the applicant’s personality and behavioral traits, and short writing samples.  Once initiated, the assessment test must be completed in one sitting.  The PMF competition recommends that applicants block out three hours for this purpose, though most applicants will be able to complete it in less time.
  • Mid-December, 2012:  Semi-finalists will be notified.  Semi-Finalists are determined based on evaluation of the applicant’s performance on the online assessment test.  Semi-finalists will be invited to schedule an in-person assessment during the months of January and February.
  • January-February, 2013:  In-person assessments conducted for Semi-Finalists.  In-person assessments consist of a full day of individual and group interviews and exercises, including a proctored writing exercise.  Advancement to the next stage of the competition is determined by the Semi-Finalist’s performance at the in-person assessment.
  • March, 2013:  Finalists notified.  Finalists may begin searching for a PMF “appointment” (i.e. a position that matches their skills and interests) as soon as they receive this designation.  A PMF Class of 2013 Finalists Job Fair will be held in Spring, 2013, but Finalists are strongly encouraged to begin searching before the Job Fair to have the best chance of securing an appointment.
  • PMF Finalists have one full year from the date of their designation as a Finalist to secure a PMF appointment and become a “Fellow.”
  • Applicants to PMF may claim Veteran’s Preference.  Supporting documentation must be submitted by December 19, 2012.

For more information, see the PMF web site.

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