Since 1965, the New York State Senate Legislative Fellowship has given graduate and post-graduate students direct access to state government and the legislative process. All Senate fellowships are on-site in Albany, New York. Applicants must have completed graduate studies at an accredited university prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Fellows work full-time as a regular staff member. Senate fellows are awarded a stipend that reflects the requirements of living and working in Albany, NY. The stipend is not financial aid for academic work, on-campus or classroom study. Placements are usually to the office of an elected Member of the Senate.
Senate Fellows are awarded a stipend for the nine-month duration of the program. The stipend is paid in biweekly installments following an initial two-week lag. Senate Fellows are required to work a minimum of 35 hours per week, or 70 hours per biweekly pay period. Fellows must work through the last scheduled date of the program to receive the full and timely payment of their final biweekly stipend check. Applications run from January-April, interviews occur from May-June and fellows are selected in July.