Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service Program Description

The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service is a premier cross-sector leadership development program for early-career public service professionals in New York City.

Through the fellowship, a diverse group of approximately 30 emerging leaders each year gain valuable experience and exposure to a range of career exploration activities that will help them define their public service path. Monthly activities consist of two evening or weekend sessions, as well as social events and community service activities organized by Fellows.

The FELPS framework guides its fellows through their career development process by asking these four questions:

  • Why public service? FELPS aims to reenergize the fellows' initial choice to enter public service while encouraging them to examine their short, medium, and long-term commitment to the sector while balancing other life goals.
  • What's in my leadership toolbox? FELPS assists fellows in obtaining a clearer assessment of their assets, knowledge base, and skill sets. With this assessment of their personal "tools" fellows have a greater ability to identify opportunities to deepen these competencies at work and in their lives.
  • Who's in my network? Beginning with their peers, Fellows develop a wider network of relationships and a greater ability to tap those relationships to further their work and career goals.
  • What's my career map? Semi-monthly fellows meetings and guidance from Career Guides (established professionals in various public service professions) help the fellows gain a more robust understanding of the multifaceted and complex terrain of public service.