Empire State Fellows Program 2014–2016 Now Open

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 12, 2014 Updated: February 13, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of applications for the third class of the Empire  State Fellows, a program recruiting experienced professionals, college graduates, and student interns to serve in the State government.

“New York forged its legacy as the Empire State by opening its doors to talent from around the globe, and providing them an environment in which to flourish,” Cuomo stated. ”The Empire State Fellows Program capitalizes on that ideal, raising the profile of public service and giving accomplished innovators and professionals the opportunity to become the public policy leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to another strong class of Fellows.”

Successful fellows may continue working in State government after completing the program.  Cuomo recently appointed three fellows to senior positions in his administration. 

Former fellow Jennifer Gómez is now the New York State Assistant Secretary for Human Services and Information Technology.

“During the fellowship, I gained tremendous insight into policymaking from exceptional and talented leaders. It’s exciting to continue working alongside them to improve the lives of the people of New York State,” Gomez stated. 

Accepted fellows are appointed positions in the Executive Branch and will work closely with senior officials. The fellowship also includes an educational component and professional development program. 

To apply to be an Empire State Fellow, candidates must email a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to fellows@exec.ny.gov by Friday, April 4, 2014. For more information on the Empire State Fellows Program and the application process, go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/newnyleaders/fellows_app.html.