Announcing 2013 “Path To PMF” Interactive Website and Guide

Announcing 2013 “Path To PMF” Interactive Website and Guide

The Robertson Foundation for Government, a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating, and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers, and GovLoop, the leading knowledge network for government, today announced the launch of “Path to PMF” (, an interactive website and guide to provide information and assistance for applicants to the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program ( is an interactive online resource designed to serve as the “go-to” guide for prospective applicants in navigating the PMF process from application to job placement.  The guide shares advice with applicants based on video and podcast interviews with more than 60 current and past PMFs, nearly a dozen career advisors, and several federal agency program coordinators. The site also hosts discussion forums where prospects can ask questions and support one another throughout the application process.

“PMF is the premier federal program for recruiting the nation’s most talented students into the public service. It has undergone substantial revision in recent years and students often struggle understanding the process. That’s why I’m excited about,” said Dr. Paul C. Light, New York University Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service. “The resources on give the PMF program the boost it needs to reignite student interest. If the federal government is to meet the many future challenges it faces, it must have the very best leaders. The PMF Program is the gateway. is the tour guide through the gateway and beyond.”

The website offers a comprehensive resource for every stage of the application process, including:


To download the guide and get full details, please go to

About Robertson Foundation for Government
The Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG) ( is a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to helping government meet its talent needs by identifying, educating and motivating top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson, and named in their honor, the Robertson Foundation for Government pursues a mission that was central to Mr. and Mrs. Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the United States government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service, with particular emphasis on international relations and foreign affairs.

Faced with daunting global challenges and the looming retirement of tens of thousands of experienced federal employees, the government’s needs couldn’t be greater. RFFG helps the government meet those needs through a variety of programs.  Robertson Fellowships have benefited dozens of graduate school students at the nation’s top graduate schools and works with the federal Office of Personnel Management, and with the departments and agencies of the federal government that require international expertise.

The Robertson Foundation for Government is governed by a board of directors consisting of seven family members. A distinguished advisory board, which includes former National Security Advisor Gen. Brent Scowcroft, former Virginia governor and three-term U.S. Senator Charles S. (“Chuck”) Robb, Dr. John Palmer, university professor and dean emeritus of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and New York University Prof. Paul Light, an expert on federal government personnel matters, provides expert counsel and advice to the directors and staff.  Timothy “Bo” Kemper serves as RFFG”s Executive Director.

About GovLoop is the “Knowledge Network for Government” – the premier online community connecting over 60,000 public sector professionals. Started in 2008, the community is an essential resource to connect with peers, share best practices, and find career-building opportunities.  At GovLoop, connecting government to improve government is our mission. GovLoop helps future government leaders through a range of initiatives including its annual Next Generation of Government Training Summit, the leading training event for rising government leaders, as well as its online mentor programs and career guides.


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  • 2012Fellow

    While reading the PMF Guide I noticed that you are predicting that the In-Person assessment has changed from what it was last year. It looks like they have gone back to a writing sample and group exercise as opposed to just an individual interview. Is this what OPM is inferring?

    • PMFGuide

      Yes, that’s what OPM has set the process to be this year. It’s also worth noting that in addition to the writing exercise done at the in-person assessment the 3 essays you write during the online assessment will also play a part in the score for the in-person assessment.

    • Andrew Krzmarzick (GovLoop)

      Hi 2012 Fellow – Thanks for your question. Our understanding is that the in-person assessment will consist of an individual interview, a group exercise, an individual exercise and a proctored written exercise. Be prepared for a full day!

  • MTC

    I just signed up to download the guide, but when I clicked on the link in the email that was sent to me, it said “Wrong confirmation code.”
    Can you send another link to me or let me know why I might be getting this error message? Thank you very much.

    • Jeff (GovLoop)

      Sorry about that MTC, but appreciate the heads up. I’m looking into it now. We tried to make the email submission form extra secure for privacy and security reasons, so it may just be that the link timed out or something like that. I’ll have to take a closer look to know for sure though.

      In the meantime, if you want to send me a quick direct message (jeff [at] govloop [dot] com), I can send you a pdf version of the guide directly to your inbox. Thanks!

  • charm

    Just found your very informative site I did a rough count of the PMF
    finalists who had an A (Accepted) next to their name on the updated August 27th
    list on the PMF website. Out of the the 9,100 applicants, 628 made
    Finalist and out of those only 348 were offered jobs so far.
    Technically the rest have until January before their PMF expires the PMF blog says that this 55% of PMF finalists in 2012 being offered
    appointments is about average. Since all the gov’t agencies cut back severely on internships this summer, what does the PMF crystal ball predict the chances of 2013 finalists to be? Also are there any common recurring reasons why the acceptance rate is barely half of the finalists?

    • Steve

      Hey charm – There’s a couple reason why the acceptance rate is half.

      -Mismatch of student wants & agencies hiring. I find that most finalists all want to work for State/USAID and are often picky. So perhaps HUD is hiring a bunch but many finalists don’t want to go there.

      -Drop-out rate – The entire PMF process takes some time. Many students have other offers (from gov’t agencies directly from USAJOBS or consulting) and take those before waiting to finalize the job.