UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A fellowship program administered through the federal government is accepting applications for its class of 2021.

The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a two-year fellowship and leadership development program that recruits recent and soon-to-be graduates with advanced degrees. The program provides students with management potential and public service motivation the opportunity to enter government and be developed into future leaders.

The application window for the PMF program closes at noon on Wednesday, October 14.

Since 2014, fellows have worked at more than 260 agencies and sub-agencies. Nineteen Penn State students have earned fellowships through the program since 2010.

Hallie Gardner, a program fellow who earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Penn State World Campus in the summer of 2018, said the fellowship has helped fast-track her career in federal service.

“As someone who has always wanted to work in the public sector, I knew this fellowship would open many doors,” said Gardner, who works as an IT specialist for the U.S. Air Force. “Much of my policy, procedure, and oversight studies at Penn State have been directly applicable to my job. My degree prepares you to successfully navigate bureaucracy and think critically.”

The fellowship includes full-time salary and benefits paid by the appointing agency, an individual leadership development plan, 160 hours of formal interactive training, at least one 4–6 month development assignment, a mentor, and the possibility of a permanent position at the conclusion on the fellowship.

Visit the PMF website for more information on the fellowship, eligibility, and application process.

Financial Aid Basics

December 12, 2023 / 8:00 pm (EST) 9:00 pm (EST)