Legacy of Presidential Management Internships / Fellowships

San Francisco State University’s Public Administration Program has quite a storied legacy connected with the federal Presidential Management Intern program (PMI), now called Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program, the most prestigious management training program in public affairs.

Under this program, students graduating from graduate public affairs programs compete with others across the country to win selection to the Program; once selected, they then compete for specific jobs in federal agencies. They begin their federal career as a GS-9 levers, participate in mentoring programs, specialized training, and network activities. After two years in the Program, they progress to a GS-11 level in the regular federal service.

Over the years, we have had many SF State MPA graduates compete and win selection as PMIs or now, PMFs, most recently Dan Curtis who is working for the U.S. Department of Labor. Along with the FBI, other students have gone to work at the Social Security Administration, U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, and the Defense Department.

In addition, three faculty members, current Program Director Dr. Sheldon Gen, previous director Dr. Genie Stowers, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Kathy Naff, all were selected as PMIs directly from their own MPA programs. Dr. Gen worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency here in San Francisco, Dr. Stowers worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department in Washington, D?C., and Dr. Naff worked for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, also in Washington, D.C.

This year’s application process is underway; go to http://www.pmf.gov/ for more information.

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