Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, April 16, 2012

Students to discuss PMF process

Graduate students interested in a fast track to a career with the federal government can learn more about the Presidential Management Fellowship at a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union.

Two public affairs and three law students who are PMF finalists will discuss the application and selection process. They will share tips on advancing to finalist status and getting hired by a desired agency.

The two La Follette students who will speak Wednesday are Katherine Sydor and Andrew Peppard, who both head to Washington, D.C., after graduating in May. Peppard will join the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a management analyst in the director's Strategy Management Office. In July, Sydor joins the U.S. Treasury as a policy advisor with the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access.

The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This year the program received approximately 9,100 applicants, but only about 1 in 16 was selected. PMFs work throughout the federal government in departments as diverse as State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services.

2011 La Follette graduate Patrick Fuchs is a PMF with the Office of Management and Budget.