Empire State Fellows Program

The Empire State Fellows program, which includes an educational component developed and administered by the Rockefeller Institute, is a full-time, two-year leadership training program aimed at preparing the next generation of talented professionals for careers as New York State policymakers.

Engagement in the work of New York State government lies at the heart of the Empire State Fellows Program. The Governor’s Office will appoint each Empire State Fellow to work directly with a commissioner, deputy commissioner, or other high-level policy maker at a New York State agency or authority, or in the Executive Chamber. Work assignments offer fellows unparalleled experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process.

While taking part in the work of government, Empire State Fellows will participate in educational and professional development programs that will help them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders.

Learn more and meet the fellows.