La Follette School student Beth Miller is a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, which places recent graduates with federal agencies for two-year assignments.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Miller, who served an internship at the U.S. Government Accountability Office during the summer of 2016. “I’ve always wanted to work for a federal agency, but I also knew the jobs were very competitive.”
Approximately 6,370 applications were received, and 417 finalists were selected based on eligibility, application and assessment scores, and federal agencies’ projected skill needs. Next steps include attending PMF job fairs and interviewing with federal agencies seeking to hire PMFs.
Miller said her first-year La Follette School courses gave her an overview of many concepts she used in her day-to-day work at GAO, such as crafting effective performance measures and understanding the unique challenges public agencies face. She is especially interested in the Department of Labor.
“My coursework has given me a solid background in policy analysis and public administration,” said Miller, who received bachelor degrees in English and anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa. “Thanks to the many projects that La Follette incorporates into classes, I feel confident in my ability to work with a team to complete complex assignments.”
Miller is grateful to the La Follette School alumni who shared their insights with her at networking events in Washington, D.C., and Madison. “Hearing about their experiences better prepared me for the application process,” she said.
The La Follette School has a long history of successful PMF finalists, said Director Don Moynihan. “The PMF Program is an excellent leadership training opportunity,” he said. “We are extremely proud of the many La Follette alumni who have had lengthy federal government careers launched through the program.”
Applications for the 2018 Class of PMFs are expected to be available in November 2017. PMFs receive full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training and mentoring. Since 1977, the PMF Program has helped federal agencies meet their workforce and succession-planning needs by attracting outstanding masters, law, and doctoral-level students to government service.