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NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Fellowship Program

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Fellowship Program is a distinguished program for leadership and public service that aims to attract highly talented, motivated, and diverse individuals into public service. DHSES has partnered with the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and is committed to providing Fellows with a real-world experience working in a professional homeland security and emergency services agency. DHSES seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to address the challenges of the 21st century and work to enhance the security of New York State and the nation.

About the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Created in 2010, DHSES provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate man-made and natural disasters and other emergencies. The men and women of DHSES are dedicated to working closely with all levels of government, the private sector, and volunteer organizations to improve the readiness, response, and recovery capabilities of communities throughout the Empire State.

Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, DHSES has taken great strides in enhancing the State's readiness and response capabilities. From terrorist threats to natural disasters, the demands for public safety continue to increase as they simultaneously become more complex. As we face these challenges, we remain focused on strengthening our partnerships with the whole community.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking dynamic candidates who are flexible and adaptable, committed to quality public service, and enthusiastic about experiencing all aspects of DHSES’ mission. Candidates must demonstrate excellent problem solving, analytical, quantitative, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

How do I apply?

The Fellowship application will only be posted on Handshake. The selection process for the internship program consists of several steps. First, students will submit application materials through Handshake. Then, all applications will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet eligibility requirements. Next, applications will be shared with and reviewed by DHSES’ Selection Committee. Candidates will then be contacted by the DHSES Selection Committee for an interview. Lastly, following the interviews, the Selection Committee will offer the candidate the position. The applicant will be considered a Fellow with DHSES pending acceptance of their placement and the completion of a required background investigation.

Who is eligible to apply?

DHSES will only consider applications of students that are in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or the Master of International Affairs (MIA) program at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. The applicant must have completed at least one semester (at Rockefeller College) when applying and must have at least two full semesters remaining (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020). Candidates who are pursuing a concentration in homeland security are preferred. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.5 and that GPA minimum must be maintained throughout the Fellowship.

What is the timeline for applying for the Fellowship?

DHSES will begin recruiting for the Fellowship program in January and the application deadline is March 1st. Late applications will not be accepted. Interviews will take place in March and DHSES will make offers by April 1st. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

What is the compensation?

DHSES Fellows will be paid on an hourly basis at the rate of $18.17.

How do placements work?

The Fellow will be assigned to a ‘home office’ but will also be involved in two (2) rotational assignments that are designed to build a strong foundation and knowledge of DHSES operations. The breadth and depth of these experiences are critical in preparing the participants to be future leaders in New York State.

Rotational assignments coupled with an agency orientation, reflection assignments, a capstone assignment, coaching by senior management, and the Fellows’ commitment will ensure a valuable experience. After the successful completion of the program, DHSES Fellows will be well positioned to pursue a career in public service in the areas of homeland security and emergency services.

Sample Office/Section Placements (may not be representative of future placements)

  • Administration & Finance
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Office of Emergency Management (OEM
  • Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC): Special Operations
  • Office of Counterterrorism (OCT): Public Safety
  • Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communication (OIEC)
  • Public Affairs
  • Logistics: SPTC
  • Policy & Program Development

Where will I be working?

DHSES Fellows will work in Albany, however, some travel will be required unless the Fellow’s class schedule prohibits travel.

How long is the Fellowship?

The Fellowship will be for ten months (beginning in August 2019 and ending May 2020. While MPA classes are in session, Fellows will work 20 hours per week. They will work 37.5 hours per week during vacations/breaks (winter and spring) and will not exceed 40 hours per week. Fellowship hours must be completed between Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Are there opportunities for professional development during the Fellowship?

Yes. DHSES’ Fellowship Program includes a Professional Development component that aims to provide training, networking, and leadership development experiences. Throughout the Fellowship, there will be 5-6 opportunities to engage in these activities, ranging from site visits to skill based trainings.

DHSES Fellowship Application

Click here to view the DHSES Fellowship Application. Applications are only accepted through Handshake posting. Please click here to review the posting.