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SFIS MSTP alumna (2015) Jordan Hibbs has become the only ASU student to have been admitted to the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program in the 2015-2016 year. The PMF is a government-sponsored, two-year training and development program for recent advanced degree graduates designed to cultivate a cadre of potential leaders. Fellows benefit from up to 160 hours of classroom training and 4 to 6 developmental assignments. Hibbs applied for the fellowship at an SFIS professor’s urging. She was one of 6050 applicants who submitted resumes, transcripts, essay questions, and underwent both personality and situational judgment tests. Only 552, Jordan among them, were awarded the fellowships.
This is not Hibbs’ first time being singled out for a prestigious opportunity. Last summer, she was selected as 1 of 25 emerging leaders to visit the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mosaic Taiwan program. The participants explored both Taiwan’s natural beauty and the halls of government, meeting with the Environmental Protection Administration, the Mainland Affairs Council, the Legislative Yuan, and President Ma Ying-jeou.
Hibbs attributes much of her success to her experience at ASU, where she “learned that research and technology can be a powerful tool that can bring about societal change and foster innovation.” Through SFIS, she says, “I was able to blend my interests in human behavior, public policy, and complex community issues that reach from the local level to a nationwide audience. Through the exceptional coursework, supportive faculty, and career-oriented training, I feel ready to go out into the world and be an agent of change.”
The opportunities for Hibbs to do just that will be multiplied by her status within the PMF standings. The PMF certification offers immediate conversion to term or permanent positions for those who wish to continue working within the government but also carries far-reaching prestige in the academic, nonprofit, and private sectors.