Three MASIA Students Announced as Finalists for 2018 PMF

James Austin Lowe, Lily McFeeters, and Andrew Switzer (MASIA '18) have qualified as finalists for the 2018 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. PMF is a highly selective, prestigious two-year training and development program at a United States government agency for U.S. citizens with a recent graduate degree. 

J. Austin Lowe

Concentration: Politics and Security
Language: Mandarin Chinese

"What drew me to the School of Foreign Service in the first place was the strong emphasis on public service in the Jesuit tradition. As a student in the Asian Studies Program, I have been able to learn from some of the most dedicated public servants who have made their mark on U.S. Asia policy. Through this opportunity, I will be able to follow in their footsteps by serving my country and the public interest." 

Lily McFeeters

Concentration: Politics and Security
Language: Japanese and Korean

"I applied to the PMF program because it is an ideal entry level professional program for developing the knowledge and skills gained from my experience in MASIA. My interest in working for the government was influenced by many of my professors at Georgetown with extensive backgrounds in government service. As a PMF finalist, I look forward to becoming a PMF fellow and starting the rigorous training program that will prepare me to serve my country to my fullest capacity."

Andrew Switzer

Concentration: Politics and Security
Language: Mandarin Chinese

"I am very appreciative of all of the opportunities that MASIA has provided me. I am excited to apply the skills acquired at Georgetown to a career in government."

About the PMF

Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.