Ted Oh's year embedded with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as one of the university's first Presidential Management Fellows is shaping up a little differently than expected.
Oh, who earned bachelor's degrees in both international studies and economics from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in May, is working on a project to expand admissions outreach into rural areas. Normally at this time of year, the recruitment team would be flying around the country and the world, visiting high schools and bringing students to Johns Hopkins for visits and events—all of which are off the table right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oh said.
"But something I hear all the time is that our mission, which is to find the best and brightest students from all different backgrounds, hasn't changed," Oh said. "And so it's been fascinating to see firsthand all the really creative work being done to adjust and make sure that we're still reaching students in any way we can, whether that's through things like engaging more on social media or building out extensive offerings of virtual events and online content."
The energy and enthusiasm that Oh brings to this behind-the-scenes opportunity is just what the university envisioned when it launched the Presidential Management Fellowship Program last fall. The idea is to turn Johns Hopkins University's bright, high-achieving students into dedicated staff members whose talents will support the university mission and who will make their homes—and launch their careers—in Baltimore.
"Though the pandemic has meant we are physically distant, I am encouraged that our presidential fellows are still able to lend their talents and insights to our university," JHU President Ronald J. Daniels says. "I am hopeful this experience will inspire them to put down roots in our city as they work alongside our exemplary colleagues and make lasting contributions to Johns Hopkins' academic, research, and service mission that continues unabated even in these difficult times."
Oh is one of five recent Hopkins graduates who in July started year-long, full-time jobs with a salary and benefits in various roles in university administration. The program offers career training, mentorship, and the possibility of joining university staff permanently.
"The Presidential Fellows program is a unique opportunity for Hopkins students to have an experiential learning experience in a professional role within our global, world-class university," says Vice President for Human Resources Heidi Conway. "We encourage highly qualified students to apply."
Along with supporting the rural recruitment effort, Oh has been learning about all the different functions of the admissions office, from how to give information sessions to access and diversity initiatives.
"One of the main reasons why I chose to come to Hopkins and loved my time here so much is because of the student body," Oh said. "It's truly amazing how passionate and engaged everyone is, so it's been really meaningful to be able to make that transition from being a student to working on the process of bringing those students to campus from the inside."
The other inaugural Presidential Management Fellows are:
Adler Archer, who earned a graduate certificate in business of health studies from Carey Business School in 2016 and a master's in applied health sciences informatics from the School of Medicine in 2019. His fellowship is with the Technology Innovation Center, a collaboration between JH IT and the School of Medicine.
Chase McAdams, who in 2020 earned bachelor's degrees in both applied math and statistics from the Whiting School of Engineering and in economics from the Krieger School. His fellowship is with the Investment Office.
Jenna Movsowitz, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Writing Seminars in 2020. Her fellowship is with Student Affairs.
Marc Pion, who earned a bachelor's degree in public health studies in 2020 and is pursuing an MBA at Carey. His fellowship is with the Office of Planning & Budget's Strategic Initiatives team.
Individuals from undergraduate or graduate programs who completed their degrees in 2020 or will complete them by spring 2021 are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted Nov. 6 through Nov. 30 on the Johns Hopkins University Career site. Submit your application via this link on jobs.jhu.edu. More information is available on the Student Affairs website and questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.