NYCEM John D. Solomon Fellowship For Public Service Accepting New Applicants

February 13, 2023

New York City Emergency Management announces the launch of the 2023-2024 John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service application cycle.

Beginning today, interested candidates can apply to the City’s first student fellowship devoted specifically to emergency management. 

The fellowship, established in 2012, honors the memory of the late John D. Solomon, an accomplished journalist, and devoted public servant who was an active member of his local NYC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness and resilience.

The program will provide ten graduate students in the New York City area the opportunity to complete a nine-month, paid fellowship with a City agency or nonprofit organization. If you’re interested, you can apply here.

NYC Emergency Management is excited to start the application process for the upcoming John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service. The fellowship provides the opportunity for graduate students to learn from experts in their field while exploring a potential career path,” said NYC Emergency Management First Deputy Commissioner and co-founder of the John D. Solomon Fellowship Christina Farrell. “In the program’s short 11-year history it has already had such an extraordinary impact, much like the legacy left behind by its namesake, John Solomon.” If you’re a graduate student interested in emergency management or public service in general, we encourage you to apply for the next fellowship cycle.” 

During the nine-month fellowship program, participants represent their respective agencies at virtual and in-person meetings, undertaking various individual and agency-directed projects.

Through their work, fellows gain valuable, first-hand experience working with City agencies and non-profits in the critical and growing field of emergency management. Job responsibilities will range from educating the public about emergency preparedness to helping define the coordination role and practices during large-scale emergency responses. Participating agencies include NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Education, FDNY, NYPD, and the American Red Cross in Greater New York.

Since its inception, more than 40% of fellowship graduates have gone on to careers in different areas of government, including many taking jobs with City agencies. “It was an honor to be part of a one-of-a-kind fellowship where students can learn about public service, build relationships with fellows and mentors, hear about their experiences and what they do at their agencies, and participate in a wide variety of activities to enhance the preparedness and resilience of New York City. This was an invaluable experience that enhanced my passion for the emergency management field and helped develop skills and knowledge that I can still apply to this day in my current emergency planning role,” said John D. Solomon Fellowship alum and NYC Emergency Management Deputy Director of Hazard Planning & Preparedness, Amy Huang

The New York City Emergency Management Department administers the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service. To date, the program has welcomed more than 90 fellows over 11 years into 14 different New York City agencies and organizations, representing close to 40,000 service hours. Over 42 percent of fellowship alumni move on to careers in New York City or New York State government. Applications must be received by Sunday, March 26, 2023. While subject to change, finalists will be notified in April.

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