So that’s it! That’s all that you need to know about the PMF application process in 100 pages or less. We hope this guide and the accompanying web-based resources were helpful to you.
As we conclude this guide, we want you to keep in mind these thoughts from Pat Hodgens, Class of 2013:
“Remember that the process isn’t perfect: I know many, many people who would have been amazing PMFs but did not make it through the first round. Approach the process realistically and remember that, like all hiring, there’s a lot of luck involved.”
If you are one of the people who are lucky enough to make it, would you do us a favor? If you used this guide and it helped you to become a Finalist and get a job with an agency, would you let us know? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your story.
Who knows? Maybe you will be passing along your own hard-won advice to the next generation of PMFs in a future iteration of this guide!
We wish you the best in the application process – and sincerely hope that you’re one of them.
“Be yourself: If you don’t get in, then it was not meant to be (this year). Be your best self on interviews and make a good impression. Get going on contacting agencies of interest as soon as you become a Finalist. Don’t wait!”
- Ginny Hill, PMF Class of 2007 and PMF Coordinator, NIH
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