Applications for the 2019-2021 Empire State Fellows class are open until April 1, 2019. The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that helps prepare the next generation of professionals for careers as New York State policymakers.
The incoming class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2019 to September 2021. At the end of the Fellowship, a performance review process will identify Fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program.Governor Andrew Cuomo appoints each Empire Fellow to work directly with a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or other high-level policy maker. Each Empire Fellow works at a state office or agency, such as the Office of Children and Family Services, the Department of State, Department of Labor, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or in the Governor’s Executive Chamber. Work assignments offer Fellows experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process.
While taking part in the work of government, Empire Fellows may participate in educational and professional development programs that help them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. The educational component of the Empire State Fellows Program begins with a one-week course in September 2019. Educational coursework continues on a semi-monthly basis. Meanwhile, professional development activities and mentoring by Cabinet members and other government leaders, enhances Empire Fellows’ collaboration with policy-makers.
Applications for the Empire State Fellows program are due Monday, April 1, 2019. More information and the application process can be found here.