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2001 PMI Orientation and Call for Career Development Group (CDG) Advisors

Friday, August 31, 2001
MSG 2001-062a
Human Resources Directors
Richard A. Whitford, Acting Associate Director for Employment
2001 PMI Orientation and Call for Career Development Group (CDG) Advisors

Thank you for your continuing support of the Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program. We are providing you with information on various career development activities for the PMI Class of 2001 and asking for your support in obtaining volunteer advisors for our PMI Career Development Groups (CDGs).

Class of 2001 Orientation Training Program

This year, there are three orientation sessions to accommodate the various entrance on duty dates of the Class of 2001 participants. PMIs, working with and through their agency PMI coordinators and supervisors, will have the choice of attending the Orientation Training Program on the following dates:

    October 10, 2001, through October 12, 2001
    November 14, 2001, through November 16, 2001
    January 23, 2002 through January 25, 2002

All sessions will be held at OPM's Eastern Management Development Center (EMDC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This training facility is a self-contained, executive and management residential environment located 70 miles from downtown Washington, DC. Classrooms are equipped with ergonomic chairs and tables and "state of the art" presentation equipment. In addition, a resource center including a library and Internet access; a computer classroom; a business center with copier and FAX access; and a fitness center and pool are available on-site. Travel to EMDC can be accomplished via automobile from Washington, DC, or Baltimore, MD, in less than two hours. Train service is also available.

The Orientation Training Program is structured to permit numerous opportunities for PMIs to interact with other PMIs, and includes working mealtime sessions and evening training activities. The 24 hours of training that PMIs receive at orientation count toward the 80 hours per year training requirement each PMI must receive.

2001 Career Development Groups and Call for CDG Advisors

One very important part of the Orientation Training Session is the establishment of CDGs. CDGs provide PMIs with a broad perspective of the Federal Government. In past years, CDG membership has been achieved by assigning PMIs to CDGs from a cross representation of various Federal agencies. Once a CDG is established, CDG members are responsible for developing a two-year agenda outlining various professional developmental activities. Over the past several years various changes have been made to try to improve and strengthen the CDG component. Despite these efforts, PMI participation at CDG meetings and events has been declining. This year, based on recommendations from current and former PMIs, CDGs will be established according to program/functional area in a continuing effort to improve participation in CDG activities. We anticipate that this change will improve CDG participation by making the groups more meaningful and job-related.

We need your help to encourage 40-50 senior-level managers and executives to volunteer to serve as advisors for the CDGs. The role of the advisor is a vital one and fosters the professional career development goals of PMIs. It is critical that we have a sufficient number of advisors to support our CDG plans for this year's class of PMIs.

CDG advisors are invited to attend all three days of the Orientation Training Program. Lodging and meal expenses for advisors attending will be paid for by OPM. Travel expenses associated with the advisor's attendance is the responsibility of the agency. Prior to each session a meeting will be held with the advisors to define the purpose and objectives of the CDGs and to define the advisor's roles and responsibilities.

Attached is a volunteer form and information sheet on CDGs to give to senior-level managers and executives. Deana Marakowski is available to answer questions about the CDG process and the role of advisors. Deana can be reached at (215) 861-3999. We would appreciate responses by Friday, September 7, 2001, to assist us with our planning.

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Presidential Management Intern Program

Advisor Volunteer Form

The PMI Program Office will structure the Career Development Groups by function-interest area for the Class of 2001. Please complete the following information to volunteer as a CDG Advisor for the PMI Class of 2001.









Work Address:








My program functional area(s) are:

____Administrative/Human Resources         ____International Relations/Diplomacy

____Budget/Accounting/Finance                      ____Law

____Community Planning                                         ____National Security/Defense

____Education                                                                ____Public Health

____Environmental Resources                               ____Public Safety - Law Enforcement

____Information Technology

Please e-mail or fax this interest form to Deana Marakowski, by Friday, September 7, 2001.
E-mail: Fax: 215-861-3030 Phone: 215-861-3999
Presidential Management Intern Program Office, William J. Green Federal Building
600 Arch Street, Room 3400, Philadelphia, PA 19106



A Career Development Group (CDG) is typically composed of approximately 20-25 Presidential Management Interns (PMIs) representing a cross-section of agencies. Each PMI will be assigned to a CDG and will begin their two-year CDG experience at orientation. The primary purpose of each CDG is to provide educational and developmental programs, activities, and experiences outside a PMI's every-day agency work setting. Each CDG is assigned a senior-level advisor who supports, facilitates, and guides the activities of the group, serving as both a leader and facilitator of group activities. Each CDG will be assigned two advisors. CDGs typically meet six to eight times a year. The time commitment necessary to accomplish these meetings, events and activities is determined by the advisor and the PMIs in the CDG.

Some of the CDG Advisor responsibilities include:

  • Sponsoring, scheduling, and guiding CDG sessions and activities throughout the two-year internship to expose PMIs to managerial competencies and to foster relationships with other CDG members, PMIs and agencies and organizations;
  • Serving as a knowledgeable, senior-level Federal resource and networking proponent;
  • Discussing PMI developmental and training opportunities;
  • Providing PMIs with the opportunity to experience group dynamics, and develop their interpersonal skills;
  • Increasing the PMIs' awareness of the critical career decisions they will face now and in the future; and,
  • Affording opportunities for the PMIs to learn the views and insights of key Government managers and officials.