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Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program at CDC

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The PMF is a unique and rewarding experience for graduate students from all disciplines.


To attract outstanding graduates from different academic disciplines who are committed to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs.



The PMF Program is a 2-year paid fellowship for recent graduates with an advanced degree. Applicants must apply before graduating. Fellows interview for positions at CDC based on their skills and career goals. The program provides the experience and training to prepare fellows for a career in the federal government.

Fellows are full-time CDC employees. They earn a salary and receive benefits. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Those who complete the program may become permanent employees.


Carmen Villar

Carmen Villar, MSW, Chief of Staff for CDC (PMF 1997)

I chose a career in public service in an effort to ‘give back’ to my community and country. CDC is an incredible agency through which I have been able to contribute to improved public health outcomes, both domestically and internationally. I look forward to continuing to serve both CDC and the U.S. Government.



A position includes activities tailored to fellow’s career goals. Activities include

  • Hands-on experience
  • Mentorship
  • Classroom training
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Developmental assignments
  • Optional rotations


Developmental Assignments

In addition to a position, fellows are placed in an assignment that provides leadership experience and skills for their career goals.


Optional Rotations

Fellows may select optional, short-term rotations in other CDC programs. These temporary rotations allow fellows to pursue professional interests and learn more about CDC.



Most positions are located at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. A few are in other CDC facilities, including

Map of US showing assignment locations.

  • Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Washington, DC


Program Areas

Positions are in various programs such as

  • Reproductive Health
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Chronic Disease
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Health Marketing
  • Environmental Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Injury Prevention
  • Global Health


Eligibility Requirements


You must either be expecting to graduate with an advanced degree (Master’s, JD, or PhD) or be a recent graduate within two years of completing your advanced degree.


You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

For more eligibility information, see the federal PMF Eligibility page.


How to Apply

Apply for the PMF Class of 2015 at USAJobs (search for “Presidential Management Fellows”). Complete the online assessment before the announcement closes.

See the federal 2015 Application for more information.



Fall 2014 Apply at USAJobs. (Application dates to be determined.)
2 weeks after announcement closes Submit supporting documentation for veterans’ preference claims.
4–6 weeks after announcement closes Applicants notified of status.
Semi-finalists selected.
Semi-finalists schedule in-person assessments.
4–6 weeks after semi-finalists notified In-person assessments conducted. (See 2015 Application for dates and locations.)
4–6 weeks after in-person assessment Finalists notified via e-mail.
Approximately 30 days after finalists notified Finalists attend virtual job fair.


More Information

For more information about the Presidential Management Fellows at CDC, contact

Taira Duncan, CDC PMF Coordinator


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