NEW YORK—Students interested in a fellowship devoted to emergency management can get one in New York City. Applications are now open for fellowships in a city agency that deals specifically with emergency management.
The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service takes nine months (about 20 hours a week) and pays $4,000.
Graduate students entering their first or second year in fall 2013 and who are specializing in one of the following fields are eligible:
- Public Health
- Public Safety
- Emergency Management
- Social Work
- Community Organizing
The fellows for 2012-2013 received more experience than they predicted when Hurricane Sandy hit the region.
“The last week of October and days leading into November were a complete crash course in emergency management,” writes Katie Mischik, a fellow at the city’s Department of Aging and in Pace University’s MA program for Public Safety & Homeland Security, on her blog. Mischik started working with key players—an exciting process, she said.
“Experiencing Sandy has most definitely strengthened my desire to participate in preparedness outreach and contribute to emergency planning efforts, particularly concerning vulnerable populations,” she wrote. She’s now reviewing emergency response plans for senior centers, home care programs, and home delivered meal programs that are in designated evacuation zones.
The following criteria will also be taken into consideration:
- Fluency in social media
- First-hand knowledge of New York City
- Experience writing for a wide audience
- Experience communication clearly and working in teams
- Commitment to New York City and serving the public
- Ability to speak at least one language other than English