CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program

CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program


In January 2015, New York City's Human Resource Administration (HRA) eliminated unpaid Work Experience Program (WEP) positions for CUNY students and replaced those positions with paid work study opportunities funded by the agency. The CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program provides these paid work opportunities for undergraduate students who are approved by HRA for college attendance, have registered all of their eligible activities with HRA, and still need additional activities to meet HRA’s full-time participation requirement of 30 hours per week. Human Resource Administration (HRA) determines eligibility and the number of hours each student is assigned.


The purpose of the CUNY EDGE Fellowship Program is to support college retention, guide students in achieving academic success leading to graduation, and find meaningful employment leading to economic self-sufficiency.


Fellowship Placement Sites:
Students complete a short application form providing contact information, skills, interests, major, and hours of availability in order for the coordinator to make the best possible placement site match. Students are then matched accordingly and interviewed by on-campus work sites. Once hired, students can work  a maximum of 19 hours per week at their  placement site; Hours are determined by HRA. Finally, the student meets with the FP coordinator monthly to continue their professional, personal, and academic development.

Some of our sites include but are not limited to:

  • Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Urban Male Initiative
  • Jay Express
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Center for Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Admissions
  • Community Outreach
  • Student Council
  • Public Administration Department


Professional Development:
All students attending Fellowship orientation must complete mandatory professional development training prior to beginning their placement site process. Students who are in need of professional attire are referred to our partner, Bottomless Closet. Bottomless Closet provides two outfits; one for the initial interview, and one for when hired. In addition, students meet with Yelena Meytes for One-On-One sessions to go over their resume and cover letter. Lastly, our FP coordinator, Michelle Merrick, facilitates Career Development, Life Skils, & Financial Fluency workshops throughout the semester that covers the following topics: 

  • Professionalism & attire at the workplace
  • Effective and appropriate ways to communicate
  • Punctuality and timeliness
  • Successfully prioritizing multiple responsibilities and tasks
  • Resume and Cover Letter