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State leadership initiative launched

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants college students and young professionals to apply for two new programs aimed at nurturing the next generation of New York leaders and policy makers.

The "New New York Leaders Initiative" includes a program called the Empire State Fellows and another called the Student Intern Program.

"The New New York Leaders Initiative will help shape tomorrow's leaders by giving young New Yorkers from every community an opportunity to work in the highest levels of state government," Cuomo said. "I invite students and talented professionals who are interested in working for the people to apply to these programs."

Candidates can get more information and apply online at

The Empire State Fellows is a two-year program to prepare about a dozen young professionals for policymaking roles in state government, with the most promising landing jobs. The stipend will be about $50,000 a year.

A panel of judges will select the fellows based on leadership potential, professional accomplishment and academic achievement. The program is the result of collaboration with the Gov. Nelson Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York at Albany.

The new Student Intern Program will assign hundreds of students each year to executive branch agencies for hands-on experience, similar to a long-standing internship program in the Legislature.

Interns will get more than 200 hours service and a certificate from Cuomo.

Students will be chosen for the unpaid positions based on their academic achievement in college and may receive academic credit from their school.

Students will also be assigned to agencies where they will do presentations and debate policy, among other practical applications.

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