The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship with the City devoted specifically to emergency management. The program provides 10 graduate students in the New York City area with the opportunity to complete a nine-month, paid fellowship in an agency of New York City government or a nonprofit organization.
Sponsored by NYC Emergency Management, the program was established by the family and friends of the late John D. Solomon, an accomplished journalist on homeland security and a devoted public servant. An active member of his local NYC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), John was a passionate advocate of emergency preparedness and resilience, and originated "In Case of Emergency, Read Blog - A Citizen's Eye View of Preparedness." In recognition of his many contributions, NYC Emergency Management created the John D. Solomon CERT Award for Exemplary Service in Emergency Preparedness Education in 2011, and in 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established the national John D. Solomon Preparedness Award. Also in 2012, NYC Emergency Management initiated the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service, and had its first graduating class. Since then, the program continues to grow.
Fellows are students who reside in the New York City metropolitan area and pursue graduate degrees in public administration, public health, emergency management, public safety, public policy, and other related fields. Fellows engage in a wide variety of activities, including representing their assigned agency at community and local government meetings, undertaking various individual and agency-directed projects, organizing and participating in community service projects, and working towards enhancing the preparedness and resilience of New York City.
The 2019-2020 academic year marks the eighth year of the fellowship program. In total, the program has welcomed 60 fellows into 13 different agencies and organizations. More than half of fellowship alumni have moved on to careers in New York City and New York State government, while the remaining alumni have found exciting careers in nonprofit and private organizations around the world.