The application period for the 2023 class of Empire State Fellows is now open. The program attracts talent from New York State and across the country to serve in high-level positions in the administration.
Since the program’s inception 11 years ago, graduates of the Empire State Fellows program have gone on into senior roles, including Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff positions throughout state agencies.
The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that seeks to prepare the next generation of professionals for careers as New York State policymakers. The incoming class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2023 to September 2025, and receive an annual salary of $85,000, plus a generous benefits package.
At the end of the fellowship, a performance review process will identify Empire State Fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program.
The Governor’s Office will appoint each Empire State Fellow to work directly with a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or other high-level policymakers at a New York State agency or authority, or in the 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 state government, Empire Fellows participate in educational and professional development programs to help them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. The educational component of the Empire State Fellows Program kicks off with an orientation course in September 2023.
Educational coursework will continue on a semi-monthly basis. Meanwhile, professional development activities, including a mentoring program and regular meetings with Cabinet members and other government leaders, will enhance Empire Fellows’ collaboration with policymakers.
Applications opened on Sunday, January 1st, 2023, and will be accepted through Monday, April 3rd, 2023. For more information on the program and instructions on how to apply, click here.
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