Three TU Law School Graduates Earn Presidential Management Internships With Federal Government

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Published on 6/5/03

Three recent graduates of The University of Tulsa College of Law have received positions with the federal government as part of the Presidential Management Internship (PMI) program: Timothy H. Graham at the Veteran Affairs Office in Philadelphia, Diane K. Hall at the Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C., and Paraskevi (Vivi) A. Maddox at the Social Security Administration in Falls Church, Va.

This is the first year that three nominees —all who applied— from the TU College of Law have won federal internships.

The PMI program was established in 1977 to attract outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines to federal service. Since then, more than 6,000 Presidential Management Interns have been hired by all cabinet departments and more than 50 federal agencies.

"These students will have a 'leg up' on a career that, at least in part, will involve public service," said Martin H. Belsky, dean. He lists the College of Law's public policy certificate, non-profit law center, governmental and judicial internship program, and Boesche Legal Clinic as ways that TU encourages governmental and public service.

"Many federal agencies have made (the PMI program) a cornerstone of their succession and workforce planning of the future," said Kay Coles James, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, on the organization's Web site.

After this two-year program, PMI participants may have the opportunity to convert their internships into permanent federal civil service positions.