Humphrey School News—January 27, 2017

Humphrey School Students Receive 2017 Presidential Management Fellowships

Two Humphrey School of Public Affairs students have been named 2017 finalists for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, a flagship leadership program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Master of Public Policy (MPP) students Heather Heyer and Collin Bradley are two of 417 finalists, selected from an applicant pool of 6,370 students from around the nation and the world. As finalists, they are eligible for appointment in a federal agency as Presidential Management Fellows. 

In addition to a two-year placement with a federal agency, the fellowship entails 160 hours of interactive training on leadership and management, the opportunity to rotate to another agency, and the promise of a permanent or term position upon completion of the program.

“I’m looking forward to honing my skills in research and data analysis in a federal setting,” said Heyer, who is working toward a Certificate in Election Administration in addition to her master’s degree.

PMF offers recent graduates the chance to gain relevant experience in a specific field of government. This is a big draw for Bradley, who is receiving his degree through a five-year combined Bachelor of Arts (BA) and MPP program.

“What the Humphrey School does that stands out is it puts you in touch with people who have real experience―such as Dean Schwartz―who can teach you how to apply theory into work out in the field,” he said.  

Heyer, on the other hand, worked for eight years in the customer service and operations management field before enrolling at the Humphrey School. That experience, in addition to her course curriculum has provided a different view of government.

“I’ve gained an academic perspective on how to work within a public bureaucracy, so I know a little more before I jump into work with the Federal government,” she said.     

While Bradley wants to focus his attention on State Department agencies dealing with foreign relations, Heyer is interested in the work of election policy and administration on the local and state level. 

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