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LSU Ph.D. Candidate Ryan Orgera Named Presidential Management Fellow Finalist

LSU Law student MaryAnn O’Brien also named a finalist

03/13/2012 02:31 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Ryan Orgera, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography & Anthropology, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Presidential Management Fellows, or PMF, program, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. MaryAnn O’Brien, a student at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, was also named a finalist.


Orgera grew up in Surfside Beach, S.C., and Englewood, Fla., but has lived in Baton Rouge for a number of years. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French with minors in Spanish and Italian and a master’s degree in French with a specialization in translation from the University of South Florida. At LSU, he is studying ocean policy as a social mechanism.


Presidential Management Fellows are chosen based on their academic and leadership achievements, their future career goals and their interest in working in federal public service. Before a graduate school can formally nominate a student, the school must conduct a competitive nomination process. Many students nominated for the Presidential Management Fellows program have extensive experience in public administration, technology, science, health, human resources, business or financial management, all of which are valuable to federal agencies.


“It was honestly a moment of relief, joy and affirmation,” Orgera said about learning he was a finalist. “The process began many months ago with a letter from my department to the graduate school; then an online multi-hour assessment; then as a semifinalist, I flew to Atlanta for an in-person assessment; and finally, two months thereafter, I was notified that I was selected as one of 600 finalists from the original pool of over 9,000. I think I smiled for a week straight.”


Selection into the program qualifies students for a two-year internship with federal government agencies, and an inside track to some of the top federal jobs in the nation.


The Presidential Management Fellows program, formerly known as the Presidential Management Intern Program, is designed to draw outstanding graduate, law and doctoral students to federal service.


In order to become an official fellow, a finalist must obtain an internship with the federal government within one year of being selected as a finalist. Each spring, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management holds a job fair, where students are able to meet and interview with personnel from many federal agencies.


The Class of 2012 PMF Job Fair will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Monday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 21.


“Ideally, I would love a position that affords me the ability to apply my knowledge as an ocean specialist to international contexts, where my language skills would be useful,” Orgera said. “My top choice would be with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of State or USAID.”


The Presidential Management Fellows Program
The PMF program is the federal government’s premier fellows program. Since its creation by Executive Order in 1977, more than 6,000 men and women from the nation’s top graduate programs have become fellows and moved on to serve their nation at duty stations primarily in Washington, D.C., but also across the United States and worldwide.


For more information on the PMF program, visit

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