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Empire State Fellows Program

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The prestigious program attracts exceptional and diverse talent from New York and around the country to serve in high-level positions in the administration. The Empire State Fellows Program capitalizes on the ideal to provide talent from around the globe an environment in which to flourish, raising the profile of public service and giving accomplished innovators and professionals the opportunity to become the public policy leaders of tomorrow.
Candidates selected as Empire Fellows will be appointed to positions in the Executive Branch that match their skills and experience, and will work closely with senior administration officials to create transformative policy solutions to the complex challenges confronting our state. Empire Fellows will also engage in educational and professional development programming that prepares them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. Successful Empire State Fellows may continue serving New York State after completing the Program.

Award / Eligibility Details:

Candidates must be United States Citizens and must be available to work in Albany, New York throughout the two year Fellowship. Candidates should have an advanced university degree (master's degree, JD, PhD or equivalent) is desirable, but a Bachelor’s degree in combination with other relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. A minimum of three years of full-time professional experience is expected. Applicants may come from all academic disciplines. To apply to be an Empire State Fellow, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to

Deadline: Early April each year

Academic Level: Graduate; Post-Graduate; Post-Undergraduate

Type/Purpose: Internship / Professional Development

Field of Study: Business; Public Affairs / Policy; Social Sciences

Location: United States

Citizenship eligibility: US Citizen

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