OPM gives more time for Presidential Fellows applications


The Office of Personnel Management has extended the deadline for students in advanced degree programs to apply for the 2013 class of Presidential Management Fellows programs to Monday, Nov. 26. OPM said the main reason for the extension is to allow those impacted by Hurricane Sandy to apply.

In a Nov. 19 statement, OPM says the program now comes under the new Pathways platform, which helps agencies hire students in high school, undergraduate or graduate programs, as well as recent graduates.

Pathways helps the PMF by expanding the eligibility window for applicants and adjusts some the timing of deadlines to better align with academia. It also lets agencies hire interns after they have completed 640 hours on the job, or 320 hours on the job if they have demonstrated an exceptional performance.

The new PMF website has also published some helpful hints on the program as well as a step-by-step tutorial for eligibility and applying.

Last year, more than 9,000 graduate students applied to the PMF and only 630 achieved finalist status. Part of the PMF is the Technology Fellows program the Obama administration launched in 2011. 

Technology Fellows gives technology students expected to complete a masters or a doctoral-level degree a two-year paid fellowship with the federal government. Fellows can partake in rotational assignments and gain in-depth experience in the management of various IT programs.

Eligible applicants can apply to the Technology Fellows or the larger PMF either on the PMF website or by searching for Presidential Management Fellows on the USA Jobs site. Finalists for the 2013 program will be selected in March.

For more:
- see the OPM announcement
- visit the PMF information site

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