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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Advising Students

Placement Opportunities

More than 80 Federal agencies currently partner with the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Office to hire Fellows annually. Fellows engage in solving domestic and international issues including, but not limited to:

  • Public Administration
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Policy
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health
  • Financial Management
  • Mathematics


New eligibility criteria can be found under the Become a PMF\Eligibility section.

Selection Process

The Presidential Management Fellows Program selection process is straightforward and consists of four parts:

1. Application

Applicants will be able to apply to the PMF Program via an announcement on USAJOBS ( or via a link posted on the Become a PMF\Application Process\How to Apply section on this website. During the application process, students create an on-line account in our application system.

2. Assessment and Finalist Selection

There are two phases to the assessment process. Applicants are directed to complete the on-line assessment during the application process; this is the first phase of the assessment process. The on-line assessment is un-timed and un-proctored. The on-line assessment will help determine the selection of Semi-Finalists.

The second phase is an in-person assessment. If the Semi-Finalist scores sufficiently high on the on-line assessment, he or she will be invited to schedule and participate in one of the assessment center locations to participate in an in-person assessment. An "Assessment Preparation Guide" is available under the "Become A PMF\Assessment Process" section on this website. The Guide will be posted prior to the launch of the application and may be updated throughout the application cycle.

Information on the entire assessment process can be found in the above referenced "Assessment Preparation Guide". In addition, the in-person assessment center locations can be found under the Become a PMF\Assessment Process section on this website.

Students who are among the highest scoring on the in-person assessment will become "Finalists" and move to the next phase of the process.

4. Agency Placement as a Fellow

Finalists can apply to openings at specific Federal Agencies as a Presidential Management Fellow. Finalists who receive a job offer from an agency, subject to a background investigation, must be appointed within twelve months of the official announcement of their selection as a Finalist.

NOTE:  If a current Finalist reapplies to the next class application, he/she forfeits their status upon initiating an application and the on-line assessment.  See the Become a PMF\Eligibility section on this website for more information.

A complete breakdown of the application process is available on the Application Process section of this website.

UPDATED: 11-15-2012