Host a Pinkerton Fellow


The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative (PFI) is pleased to offer opportunities to work with carefully selected students from John Jay College of Criminal Justice through meaningful internships that serve court-involved youth. The Fellowships, which is administered by the Prisoner Reentry Institute, bridge practice and theory by getting students out of the classroom and into real-world experiences. Fellows apply their knowledge and skills to advance both the goals of the host organization and the larger field of youth justice.

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative has two tracks:

·      The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a 15-month program for undergraduate students that begins each June, running for two summers and the intervening academic year. Pinkerton Community Fellows are placed in direct service roles at leading nonprofit community-based organizations that address a diverse range of youth justice issues in New York City. Community Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) during their summers and John Jay’s January break and part-time (14 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters. They receive a stipend of $12,750 for their 15-month commitment and a monthly-unlimited metro pass to defray travel expenses.

·      The Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship is a 12-month program for graduate students in John Jay’s Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health and Counseling Master’s programs that begins each June and runs through the summer and following academic year. Graduate Community Fellows require on-site supervision by a licensed staff psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker for at least one hour per week. They should be exposed to a variety of responsibilities, such as interviewing, counseling, assessment, treatment planning, note-taking, clinical research, team meetings, report writing, education, and outreach. Graduate Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) during the summer and part-time (14 hours per week) during their fall and spring semesters.

Fellows in both tracks receive skilled supervision and support, exposure to the intellectual framework in which the work occurs, and individualized attention to their skills development. Their placements are supplemented by John Jay coursework, professional development, and mentoring.

The opportunity to develop future youth justice leadership.The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative offers its partner organizations:

  • Access to a growing learning community in the field of youth justice through a series of skill-based workshops and symposia.
  • Support and consultation for Pinkerton Fellows, organizations, and supervisors throughout the Fellowship commitment.
  • A partnership with John Jay College and access to the intellectual resources it offers.


Learn more

Host site applications are now closed for the 2016-2017 year. To learn about becoming a host agency in a future year of the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative, email Rafael Rodriguez for more information.