Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service student Alex Lam takes his next step toward a career in federal government with a two-year appointment to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, which offers advanced degree candidates a pathway into a career in public service.
The prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program is a flagship leadership development program aimed at training the next generation of public servants. The PMF is highly competitive; only 500 to 800 applicants are accepted each year from the more than 8,500 who apply. The PMF also offers help in the full-time career application process and provides graduates of the program help in finding higher-tier positions within federal agencies. PMF Bush School alumni currently serve in the Departments of Treasury, State, and USAID.
Lam is a second-year Bush School Master of International Affairs student, who wants to work at the Department of State or USAID on issues in the Middle East for his two-year PMF stint. He is specifically interested in helping the future of this crucial area of the world and how it influences American foreign policy. Lam said his long-term career goal is to make policy in innovative ways that promote American interests and values.
“I am only able to become a finalist for the PMF program because of the valuable lessons in leadership, academic subjects, and public service I’ve gained at the Bush School. I’m honored to have been selected and intend to use this opportunity to start my career in public service and continue the public service legacy of President George H. W. Bush on behalf of the American people,” Lam said.
“I am very pleased and so proud that Alex has been named a Presidential Management Fellow,” said Bush School Dean Mark Welsh. “The School’s goal is to prepare and encourage our students to pursue a career in public service, and I congratulate Alex for his dedication to serving the American people,” Welsh added.