Host a Pinkerton Fellow

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative (PFI) offers opportunities to work with carefully selected students from John Jay College of Criminal Justice through meaningful internships that serve justice-involved youth. PFI bridges theory and practice by getting students out of the classroom and into the real world. Fellows apply their knowledge and skills to advance both the goals of the host organization and the larger field of youth justice.

At their community placements, fellows 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.

download the PFI Host Site Manual 2018-2019 for application and details about hosting a pinkerton fellow.

PFI has two tracks:

Pinkerton Undergraduate community fellowship

A 15-month program for undergraduate students that begins in June and runs for two summers, through the intervening academic year. Pinkerton Undergraduate Community Fellows are placed in direct service roles at community-based organizations that focus on youth justice issues across New York City. Community Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) during the summers and John Jay College’s January break, and part-time (14 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters.

Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship

A 12-month program for graduate students in John Jay’s Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health and Counseling Master’s programs that begins in June and runs through the summer and academic year. Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellows require on-site supervision by a licensed staff psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker for at least one hour per week. At their placements, Fellows are exposed to a range 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.

Why host a fellow?
  • Access to a growing learning community in the field of youth justice through a series of skill-based workshops and symposia.
  • Opportunity to deepen organizational capacity and reach.
  • Support and consultation for organizations and supervisors throughout the Fellowship commitment.
  • A partnership with John Jay College and access to the intellectual resources it offers.
Learn more

Check back soon for registration details for the Information Session: Hosting a Pinkerton Fellow event.

application submission

Please submit your applications to by April 2, 2018 no later than 5 p.m. If you have any questions about the application process, please email us!