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The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship with the City devoted specifically to emergency management. The program provides 10 graduate students in the New York City area with the opportunity to complete a nine-month, paid fellowship in an agency of New York City government or a nonprofit organization.

Sponsored by NYC Emergency Management, the program was established by the family and friends of the late John D. Solomon, an accomplished journalist on homeland security and a devoted public servant. An active member of his local NYC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), John was a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness and resilience, and originated "In Case of Emergency, Read Blog — A Citizen's Eye View of Preparedness." In recognition of his many contributions, NYC Emergency Management created the John D. Solomon CERT Award for Exemplary Service in Emergency Preparedness Education in 2011, and in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the national John D. Solomon Preparedness Award. Also in 2012, NYC Emergency Management initiated the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service, and had its first graduating class of five fellows. In 2013, a second class of six fellows became part of the Fellowship Program.

To learn more about the fellows and their work, visit the John D. Solomon Fellows Blog on Tumblr.

Participating Agencies

  • NYC Emergency Management is charged with preparing and educating New Yorkers about emergencies, and helping City, state and federal agencies coordinate their responses. Fellows work in either External Affairs (Public/Private Initiatives or Intergovermental Affairs) or the Training and Exercises Division.
  • The NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) is responsible for protecting the health and safety of the City's 1.3 million older adults, and is on the front lines of reaching low-income elderly, and other vulnerable communities in times of emergency.
  • The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is one of the largest public health agencies in the world, and has critical responsibilities in any emergency that threatens the health of New Yorkers from bioterrorism to viral epidemics.
  • The American Red Cross in Greater NY (ARC GNY) is the largest chapter of the American Red Cross network in the country. ARC GNY responds daily to disasters across the five boroughs, and partners with government and nongovernmental organizations across NYC to plan, prepare for and orchestrate response to large-scale disaster events.
  • The NYC Fire Department (FDNY) protects the lives and property of New York residents and visitors by responding to fires, medical and public safety emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts. Seeking to advance the safety of New York City and homeland security efforts, the FDNY supports public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs.
  • The NYC Police Department (NYPD) is the largest police enforcement agency in the nation, whose goal is to enhance the quality of life in our City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.
  • The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is one of the largest public school systems in the United States, serving nearly 1.1 million students in over 1,700 schools. The DOE Emergency Management Team within the Division of School Facilities is responsible for coordinating the agency's resources and response activities during large-scale emergency events.
  • NYC Digital, launched in 2011, provides opportunities for New Yorkers to engage with City government digitally and for City government to engage with New Yorkers through Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr and Twitter, which are key channels during emergencies. Housed within the Office of the Mayor, NYC Digital's mission is to realize New York City government's potential as the most digitally engaged city government in the world.

How to Apply
For details on how to apply, including eligibility and selection criteria, visit the John D. Solomon Fellowship Program: How to Apply page.


John D. Solomon Fellows Blog
John D. Solomon Fellows chronicle their experiences through the program's blog.
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