2014 NYS Excelsior Service Fellowship Program



Program Overview

This fall (2013), approximately 80 individuals newly graduated from college, graduate and professional schools from across New York State and the nation began their service as Excelsior Service Fellows.  The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship is designed to attract the “best and the brightest,” who are called to a career in public service.  Being an Excelsior Fellow is an honor, privilege and full-time commitment.  

Fellows serve in a variety of capacities within such agencies like the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Labor, Housing and Community Renewal, the Department of Financial Services, and the Empire State Development Corporation.  Alternatively, Fellows may be assigned to roles in the Governor’s or Lieutenant Governor’s Office.  Placements are generally in the Albany area although some positions will be in New York City and are made based on agency needs.

The Fellowship is a two-year program that combines both experiential and professional development opportunities designed to nurture and cultivate the next generation of leaders in New York State government.  Each Fellow, in his or her own way, is making important contributions in building the New New York. 

Application Instructions

Undergraduate and graduate students at The Sage Colleges who will graduate in May/June/August 2014 with an interest in working in Public Service and with strong leadership experiences are encouraged to apply.

Please submit the following documents in an e-mail to Marah Jacobson-Schulte, Director of Career Planning, at [email protected].

1.  Your completed application form (UNDER 'RELATED DOCUMENTS' TO THE RIGHT of this

2.  Statement of Purpose typed in space provided on the application form or in
     separate Word document

3.  A current professional resume detailing your career, personal, community and/or
     extracurricular experiences

4.  A list of three references with contact information

Contact Information

If you have  any questions about the Excelsior Service Fellowship Program, application process, or your eligibility, please contact the Office of Career Planning at [email protected] or 518-244-2272. Thank you!


                                                   Sage 2013 Fellows