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Muskie student selected as prestigious 2019 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist

Meredith Sells, a student at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, has been selected as a 2019 Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Finalist.

The PMF Program received 4,045 applications and selected 351 Finalists for the Class of 2019 (about a 9% acceptance rate). Meredith, a graduate Policy, Planning and Management student, is the only representative from Maine, and USM is now listed among the other 112 academic institutions represented.

The PMF Program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in efforts to be selected as Finalists. Finalists then work to find placements with federal agencies as Presidential Management Fellows (PMFs).

To become a PMF, applicants must participate in an rigorous, multi-hurdle process. It takes patience and endurance, but also gives applicants a chance to demonstrate their leadership ability and potential.