Presidential Management Fellowship
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

  • The PMF Program is a leadership development program that provides opportunities to work with and impact public policy, to receive competitive pay, benefits, and career advancement.
  • This is a rigorous two-year paid program that includes 80 hours of training each year, challenging assignments, accelerated promotions, and opportunities to network between agencies.
  • Fellows are hired by agencies to work on various domestic and international issues in public administration, science, technology, criminal justice, health, and other field of studies.

To be considered for PMF, students must apply online at The Department will be notified regularly regarding who has applied from Suffolk University and will vote to support or not support the application. Nominees go on to compete against students from other schools in a process managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. To be considered for nomination by the Department, students must be in the last year of their studies, have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA (B+ average) and no incompletes (with the exception of PAD 758/759 or 858/890).

For complete information about the PMF Program, please view their website at or contact Prof. Doug Snow at

Moakley Fellowship
Washington, DC, Moakley Fellows’ Public Policy and Public Management Internships
In the fine public service tradition of former Massachusetts Congressman and Suffolk alumnus, John Joseph Moakley

  • The Moakley Fellows program, jointly cosponsored by the Center for Public Management and the Institute for Public Service, is open to graduate students matriculating in the MPA or MPA joint degree programs.
  • A graduate student awarded a Moakley Fellow receives a paid 10 week summer internship totaling $5,000 in salary and expenses in a key Washington public policy-making office, beginning in June and ending in August (dates may vary according to placement office).
  • Moakley Fellows participating in the 2008 program worked: in the office of Congressman Stephen Lynch; on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Health Education and Labor (HELP) Committee; at Capitol Associates, a bipartisan health, nonprofit and education government relations firm; and with WolfBlock, a large national lobbying firm.

Marisela Zapata described her 2008 Moakley Fellowship as “ exciting front row seat on how public policy really happens—great networking and career opportunities. You can’t get this experience in Boston!”

For more information contact:
Linda Melconian: or
Sandy Matava:

The Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship

The Suffolk University/Commonwealth of Massachusetts Fellowship provides the means for high performing employees of the Commonwealth to pursue an MPA. In addition to full tuition, the fellowship recipient will receive 100% salary while attending the MPA program and will maintain his or her job on a half-time basis.

An applicant for the fellowship must:

  • Occupy a full time Executive Branch position in an active status, be paid from the AA subsidiary, be classified in a management or professional position or be a Massachusetts State Police Department employee classified as Sergeant or above, and be recommended by the supervisor, appointing authority, and cabinet secretary or division director;
  • Be admitted into the MPA Program;
  • Possess at least four years of professional work experience in federal, state, municipal or county government in a professional position;
  • Possess a strong commitment to continue serving the public interest upon completion of the program;
  • Be willing to sign an agreement to continue serving in Massachusetts State Government in the same or higher position for a minimum of two years following graduation or to repay the salary received while attending the program if one defaults on the agreement.

For more information on the Commonwealth Fellowship contact: Deidre Travis Brown (617) 878-9896.

Rappaport Institute Summer Fellowship – Public Service Fellowship Program

The Rappaport Public Service Fellowship program, open to graduate students in policy-related fields at Harvard, Suffolk, BU, and MIT, places twelve students in policy research and management summer positions at state and local offices and agencies in Greater Boston. A $7,000 stipend enables students to give the public sector a try and our seminar series and mentoring program place fellows’ experiences in a broader context. This also provides another source of advice and support during the fellowship and beyond.

The program is made possible through the generosity of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation and is administered at the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

To be eligible, a student must be studying in programs with public policy implications for the Greater Boston metropolitan area or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The student also must be continuing their study in the following academic year. The application process consists of a cover letter, resume, statement of interests and writing sample. The application deadline is in mid to late January.

For more information, please contact Leann Baldwin or visit the Rappaport web site: