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Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Who's Eligible
Graduate students who will be attending school in the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, and who are specializing in the following fields (or related field):
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety
  • Public Policy
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Emergency Management
  • Social Work
  • Community Organizing
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Business
  • Nonprofit Management

Selection Criteria
Fellows work on projects that involve collaboration with individuals from their own agencies, other City agencies, and various community organizations. In addition to superior academic achievement and relevant prior work experience, the selection process will consider the following:

  • Proficiency using major social media platforms, especially for marketing and communications.
  • First-hand knowledge of New York City's neighborhoods and community-based organizations.
  • Experience writing for diverse audiences.
  • A team-oriented approach and collaboration skill set.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to New York City and public service.
  • Ability to speak at least one foreign language (not required but desirable).
Please note that New York City residency is not required for this fellowship; however, fellows will be expected to work within the five boroughs on a regular basis. Additionally, students enrolled at universities within the New York City metropolitan area, including Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut, may apply for this fellowship.

How to Apply
The application period for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. Please check back in February 2016 for updates.

Fellowship Timeline
  • Complete applications due by midnight, March 30.
  • Up to 25 finalists will be selected and notified by April 2.
  • Participating agencies will host an informational webinar for finalists on April 15.
  • Finalists will interview with agency liaisons at NYC Emergency Management on April 24.
  • Fellows will be selected and notified of acceptance by April 30.
  • Fellowship begins first week of September 2015 and runs through the first week of May 2016.
Please note that this timeline offers projected dates that are subject to change. Please email with questions or concerns.


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