The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship provides John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduate students with hands-on internships working for successful policy advocacy organizations in New York City while they complete relevant coursework to deepen and enrich their field experiences.
Fellows apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance the goals of the host organization and the field of policy and advocacy. Hosting a Tow Fellow is an incredible opportunity for host sites to build organizational capacity while developing the next generation of policy leaders.
Host sites address a variety of social and criminal justice issues. While they represent a diversity of size, scope, and approach, all are engaged in cutting-edge policy advocacy work. Prior Tow Fellowship host sites include:
Bronx Defenders | Children’s Defense Fund | Citizens Budget Commission
College & Community Fellowship | Correctional Association of New York
Drug Policy Alliance | EIO (Education from the Inside Out) Coalition | Fortune Society
MFY Legal Services Three-Quarter House Tenant Organizing Project
National Network for Safe Communities | Osborne Association | Supportive Housing Network of New York | Urban Justice Center | Vera Institute of Justice
Host Sites are selected based on the scope, quality, and diversity of the experience offered to the fellow as reflected in the host site application. Selection criteria includes:
- An active and engaging policy advocacy agenda
- Ability to make good use of the Tow Fellow’s 14 hours/week
- Capacity to offer supportive and constructively critical supervision
- Ability to expose Tow Fellow to a wide array of aspects related to policy advocacy
- Demonstrated success in effecting policy change
- April 30: Application opens
- May 23: Host Site Information Session
- July 13: Deadline to submit applications
- July 30: Selected host sites invited to attend a matching event
- August 7: Matching Event (Please note that attending the Matching Event does not guarantee that a Fellow will be placed at your site. The purpose of the Matching Event is to assess which Fellows fit best with potential sites/supervisors.)
- August 13: Match results announced
- September 10: Fellows begin full-time work at host sites
have you already hosted a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow?
To be considered to continue hosting a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow, please upload an updated application via the upload link below. All portions of the application must be included in a single Word document or PDF and must be uploaded via the link below by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.
applying to host a fellow for the first time?
Download the application instructions here. All portions of the application must be included in a single Word document or PDF and must be uploaded via the link below by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.
Want to Learn More About Becoming a Host Site?
Attend the information session on May 23, 2018 at John Jay College.