Leadership Fellows Program

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Leadership Fellows Program for Graduate Students

About The Program

The Port Authority's Leadership Fellows Program is a distinguished program for leadership and public service in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan region. This two-year, fast-track, rotational program offers Port Authority Fellows invaluable on-the-job experience in planning, financial, and facility operations functions. Each assignment is designed to build a strong foundation of business acumen, technical finance skills, and knowledge of Port Authority operations. The breadth and depth of these experiences are critical in preparing the participants to be future leaders within the Port Authority.

The program reinforces critical leadership skills and offers talented and motivated graduate students exposure to:

  • Broad experiences across various businesses units, granting Fellows operational, service and strategic agency experiences.
  • Challenging and diverse work assignments that have both immediate and long-term impact.
  • Numerous opportunities to work alongside senior management.
  • Formal and informal training to sharpen the competencies critical for agency leadership.

How the Program Works

The Port Authority is committed to developing our staff. In the Port Authority Leadership Fellows Program, you will have 4-5 rotational assignments over a two-year period. You will manage multiple projects in our major business units, field facilities and corporate offices. Past Fellows have contributed to key regional capital programs, learned the nuts and bolts of policy development, and managed the challenges of daily operations at our transportation facilities. Rotational assignments are coupled with an agency orientation, classroom training, and coaching by senior management to ensure a valuable experience. After successful completion of the program, Fellows will be considered for key positions in areas such as facility management, finance, capital programs or related business functions.

About the Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit.

Eligibility and Requirements

We are seeking candidates who are driven, flexible, and committed to quality public service. Students graduating with a master's degree in fall 2013 or spring 2014 are eligible to participate in the program. Candidates should possess a record of academic achievement in the areas of public administration, business administration, public policy, urban planning, public finance, economics, transportation management or a related discipline. Candidates must have a clear interest in a career in public service management and demonstrate excellent problem solving, analytical, quantitative, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills with a strong customer service orientation and political acumen. One to three years of work experience and/or internships in public service, transportation, government or related fields is preferred.

Selection Process

Leadership Fellows are selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience. The selection process for the program is highly rigorous and includes a pre-screen interview, a competency-based panel interview, and multiple assessment exercises.

First-round interviews for the program will begin in January. Second-round interviews will take place in February/March. Final selections and offers to selected candidates will be made by mid-April. Our 2014 Leadership Fellows class will begin in July. This timeline is subject to change.


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive compensation and benefits program including health, dental, life insurance, vacation, holidays and tuition assistance.

Join Us!

The application period for the 2014 Leadership Fellows Program will open on Monday, September 23, 2013 and close on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. All applications must be submitted via our on-line application system. Please carefully review the steps listed below prior to applying to ensure that your application is received and processed appropriately.

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The application deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. This solicitation is not a guarantee of employment. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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