Every year between 6 to 12 LSE graduates join The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. The PMF is the USA’s flagship leadership development programme to develop federal public service careers, matching graduate students with federal agencies across the country working on solving domestic and international issues in areas such as public administration, criminal justice, international development, health and financial management.
Estimates suggest there may be around 500 PMF positions over the next fiscal year. Degrees in Accounting/Finance/Budgeting, Public Health, Administration/Management Process, Policy Analysis, and International Development/Studies remain in high demand. LSE finalists go on to work in a range of agencies, so you have a strong cohort of LSE PMF alum behind you.
To get on the PMF, you must successfully complete various online screening processes including testing, resume evaluation and written submissions. There’s detailed information about the PMF assessment process here. The new PMF Applicant Handbook details the annual application process, explains eligibility requirements and required documentation. You can find the handbook at the top of the Become a PMF\Resources page on the PMF website. Further information about application documents, including an example academic letter, are available on the Become a PMF\Resources page. There’s also a detailed list of FAQs.
If you’re interested in applying and would like some further application tips, do join us on Tuesday October 6 for an Applying for the PMF webinar run jointly with Harvard Kennedy School. On Friday 9 October we are also hosting a PMF meet an alum where you’ll be able to chat informally and find out more about working in the US Government.
Here’s a reminder of the dates and deadlines. The 2021 PMF application opens from Noon (ET) on Wednesday 30 September until Wednesday 14 October (Noon ET) for the Class of 2021. The programme is also open to recent graduates up to two years after graduation, but check the official website for precise details. The PMF, along with other Federal jobs, is advertised on USAJOBS. Please note, opportunities for non-US nationals are extremely rare.