Presidential Management Intern Program

To attract to the Federal service graduate students of exceptional potential who are receiving advanced degrees in a variety of academic disciplines and who have a clear interest in and a commitment to a career in the analysis and management of Public Policies and Programs.

Agency - Office of Personnel Management

Office - Students may obtain information from their college career guidance office, via telephone by contacting the Career America Connection at (912) 757-3000 or via internet at, under Presidential Manager Intern Program.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Each year Presidential Management Intern nominations are submitted by Deans of graduate level programs to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The nomination deadline is in October and finalists are notified in March. Interns are eligible for conversion to the competitive service after the 2-year internship. Interns are currently working for more than 54 departments and agencies. In fiscal year 2001, approximately 350 PMI's were hired (out of maximum of 400) by Federal agencies. More than 1,500 applications were received.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Interns employed by Federal agencies can rotate to other branches of the Federal Government and/or to State and local governments for temporary assignments during their 2-year internships.

Internships can be extended for a third year, however, this is the exception rather than the rule.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments and organizations eligible to participate in the IPA mobility program are eligible to host Presidential Management interns on rotational assignments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments and organizations.


Written agreement with the employing Federal Department or agency to hire or host an intern.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Letter to intern's Federal agency outlining duties and responsibilities and eligibility requirements of interns for rotational assignments.

Award Procedures

Rotational work assignments must be negotiated between the participating government and the Federal agency.


Not applicable.


Executive Order 12008, August 25, 1977; Executive Order 12364, May 24, 1982; Executive Order 12645, July 12, 1988.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Rotational assignments generally do not exceed 4 months in length but may be negotiated.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Mobility assignment agreement forms are required for all temporary intergovernmental assignments.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) Not seperately identifiable. OPM accepts reimbursement from participating agencies through a revolving fund for certain program costs. Employing agencies pay salaries, benefits and other program costs directly.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

PMI Program Information and Application Package; further information maybe obtained from the offices listed under Information Contacts section of the program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Students may obtain information from their college career guidance office, via telephone by contacting the Career America Connection at (912) 757-3000 or via internet at, under Presidential Manager Intern Program.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Philadelphia Service Center, Presidential Management Intern Program, Federal Building, 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Telephone: (215) 597-7136 or (215) 597-1920.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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