Law School, ICAR Students Named Presidential Management Finalists

Posted: April 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Five Law School students, Christopher DeMers, Jessica Douma, Hillary Jaffe, Mona Jain, and Kristen Moran, were recently named finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, as was Michelle Parker, who recently completed her MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. The PMF Program allows qualified master’s and PhD students, who have either already graduated or are expecting to graduate within the current academic year, to obtain paid internships with the federal government.

These students join three students from Mason’s MPA program as finalists (see the Gazette story). The PMF Program provides qualified students from many different academic fields an entry-level opportunity within the federal government’s many departments and agencies.

Douma, who focused on Intellectual Property Law, learned of the PMF Program through the Law School’s Office of Career Development and Alumni Services. “Upon further investigation, it seemed [like] an excellent alternative route to gain employment with the federal government, which has been my primary career focus for some time,” says Douma. “It is my understanding that the PMF Program is considered very prestigious within the public sector, and that including [my] participation on my resume can only further my career objectives within the federal government.”

DeMers, who also studied Intellectual Property Law, learned of the PMF Program through 2003 Law School graduates and was initially attracted because of his interest in working for the federal government as “a public servant.” He recently accepted a policy analyst position responsible for acquisitions and grants with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “My experience in the PMF Program will provide me with a platform from which I can make contacts within many agencies of the federal government. This will allow me to transition into a career position with the government and allow me to gain access to jobs with many agencies,” says DeMers.

Jain, who is currently looking for a federal government position, reiterated the theme of federal service, remarking, “I’m hoping that if I get a position, I will be able to participate in a meaningful way in the civil service as well as further my legal and policy career goals.”

Those who are accepted as finalists in the PMF Program attend various federal job fairs to seek out departments or agencies with openings that fit their individual interests. Internships begin in September and run for two years, after which time interns may be eligible for a regular position with the federal government. PMF finalists are employed at the GS-9 level and are entitled to federal benefits.

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

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