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New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program at NYU Law

Please note: The 2021-2023 Fellowship is not yet confirmed.  Please check back later.

The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program is a funded two‐year fellowship offering talented individuals hands on training and experience in New York State government. Excelsior Fellows work full time at host executive‐branch agencies, advancing the operational aspects of large policy initiatives. Fellow placements include the Executive Chamber, Empire State Development Corporation, Justice Center, Department of Environmental Conservation, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. 

NYU candidates are nominated by NYU in February each year and are then placed by the Governor’s Office in a suitable Executive agency in June. Candidates are encouraged to note their areas of interest and any preferred placement agencies; however, final placements will be dictated by budget and the needs of the State government. While some opportunities exist in New York City and elsewhere in the state, most agency placements are located in Albany, New York. Fellows with a JD will be placed in legal assignments unless they expressly request otherwise. For more information on how to apply, click here.
Although the Excelsior Service Fellowship Program lasts two years, exceptional fellows may continue to serve New York State. More than 50% of the first and second classes of Excelsior Fellows were offered permanent positions with the State post‐fellowship.