Students Named 2007 Presidential Management Finalists

Posted: May 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Six George Mason students were recently named finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program run by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Two of the finalists will be graduating from the School of Law: Johna Ohtagaki and Meredith Steer. Two more will graduate with master’s degrees in public policy: Daniel Fraim and Christopher Harm.

The other students are Augustine Fahey, graduating with a master’s in conflict analysis and resolution; and Lindsay Irvine, graduating with a master’s in economics.

The PMF program looks for qualified master’s and PhD students who have either already completed their degrees or are expecting to graduate within the current academic year, and allows them to obtain paid internships and entry-level opportunities with the government.

Several of the finalists have already decided on what job they will take after graduation. Steer will soon be working as an attorney for the U.S. Air Force. Fraim will begin working with the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. And Harm will take a position as program analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

To become a finalist for the PMF — one of the federal government’s most prestigious academic honors — each student had to undergo an intense and competitive application process that included interviews, presentations and essay writing.

Once selected as a finalist, each had a series of interviews at a job fair held in Washington, D.C. The finalists were competing for federal jobs specifically allocated for PMF fellows.

Some of the jobs allow the fellows to rotate to different positions during the two-year program. During that time, the fellows also participate in training and other activities to prepare them for leadership positions within the federal government.

To learn more about the PMF Program, visit the Presidential Management Fellows web site.

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