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New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program (apply by April 6)

The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program is a funded two-year fellowship  offering talented recent graduates of graduate, law, and advanced degree programs hands  on training and experience in New York State government. Excelsior Fellows work full time at host executive-branch agencies and authorities, advancing the operational aspects of large policy initiatives. Fellow placements include Empire State Development Corporation,

Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Department of Environmental Conservation, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the Office of Children and Family Services. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in a Professional Development program focusing on leadership development and the fundamentals of New York State government.

The program will be administered by the participating partner schools. Interested applicants should submit the following materials to their school’s designated contact: resume, transcript, 2 letters of recommendation (at least one of which should be academic in nature), and a personal statement/cover letter. The personal statement should outline the candidate’s interest in the Excelsior Service Fellowship and their commitment public service (no more than 750 words). Graduate Center student can apply through GC Connect (job #14923); for information on accessing GC Connect, please use this link:


Opportunities are available this year at the following agencies:

  • Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Office of  Children and Family Services
  • Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
  • Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER)
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Executive Chamber
  • Office of General Services
  • Department of Health
  • Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
  • Office of the Medicaid Inspector General
  • Office of Mental Health
  • Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of State
  • Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • Department of Transportation
  • Office of Victim Services

Partner schools will forward their nominations to the Center for Recruitment and Public Service by April 6, 2021. Nominees will be interviewed for placement by the Center for Recruitment and Public Service, and will be matched with a placement at a State Agency or Authority. Those Fellows who are matched will be notified of their acceptance by the second week of May.

Excelsior Fellowship handout 2021-2023_DRAFT (3)