Joe Robach supports the education announcement today that the application process is now open for the second class of Empire State Fellows. The two-year Empire State Fellows Program prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government.

The inaugural 2012-2014 class began in September of last year with Fellows appointed to agencies, as well as to the Executive Chamber.  Individuals that are interested in applying to the Empire State Fellows Program, should email a cover letter, resume, personal statement explaining their interest in the Empire State Fellows Program, and two letters of recommendation to All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 12, 2013 before midnight for consideration.

The Governor will appoint selected Empire State Fellows to positions in the executive branch where their skills match the needs of State government. The Fellows will work closely with senior administration officials and participate in the policy decisions that transform our state. They will also engage in educational and professional development seminars that prepare them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. Successful Fellows may be offered continued service in New York State government after completing the program.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic and professional experience, demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, communications skills and creativity. Applicants should have an advanced degree and at least three years of professional work experience. An applicant with only a bachelor’s degree may be considered if he or she has substantial professional achievements. Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Current New York State legislative or executive branch employees are not eligible to serve as Empire State Fellows.

The Empire State Fellows Program is part of Governor’s New New York Leaders Initiative that recruits talented young professionals and college students to serve in State government. Joe Robach believes that supporting students in their higher education goals is very important.

For more information on this education initiative, please visit the office of Joe Robach.