Pinkerton Community Fellowship Application

Undergraduate Pinkerton Community Fellowship Cohort 2017

To learn more about the Fellowship and to apply for the next cohort, please read this page in full.


The Pinkerton Community Undergraduate Fellowship is a 15-month program that begins in June of 2018 and runs through August of 2019. The community fellowship components are listed below:

Field placement: Community Fellows benefit from intensive experience at leading nonprofit community-based organizations that address a diverse range of youth justice issues.

  • Starting in June, fellows serve 35-hours per week during the first summer (June – August 2018);
  • 14-hours a week during the fall and spring semesters; and
  • 35-hours during the winter session (January 2019) and during the second summer (June – August 2019).

Coursework – In addition to the placement, fellows earn twelve-credits through an upperclass two-semester Practicum in Youth Justice course that is designed to enhance their understanding of the issues related to their work.

Seminars: Fellows also participate in on-going personal and professional development seminars throughout the fellowship period.


Community Fellows earn a total of $12,750 throughout their 15-month commitment. The stipend is distributed as follows:

  • $3,500 for the first summer
  • $2,000 for each fall and spring semesters
  • $1,000 for full-time hours during the winter break; and
  • $4,250 during the second summer. (Serving the second summer is contingent upon receiving high performance ratings by both the host site and the PFI staff.)

In addition to the stipend, Pinkerton Community Fellows receive:

  • An unlimited monthly metro card to cover travel expenses each month
  • An opportunity grant of $1,000 to help alleviate financial burdens that might arise during the fellowship period
  • Current sophomore or junior (meaning you must be a junior or senior in AY 2018-19)
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • High level of responsibility, leadership, and commitment
  • Demonstrated genuine passion for youth justice
  • Final deadline: Thursday, March 15th, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Finalists will be interviewed and notified in April
  • The fellowship begins in June 2018

To apply to be a Pinkerton Community Fellow, you must submit a written response to the following four (4) questions:

  • Pinkerton Community Fellows work closely with young people who are involved in the justice system or who are at risk of entering the justice system. Describe your experience working with at-risk youth. If you have not worked with at-risk youth, describe any experience that involved leading, being a role model, or providing support to a group. In your response, please discuss your strengths in this sort of work and at least one area that you’d like to improve. (250 words max.)
  • Describe an accomplishment you are proud of (from school, work, volunteering, or any other context) that involves working with young people or relates to the criminal justice field. In your response you should describe:
    1. what you accomplished,
    2. what challenges arose and how you overcame them,
    3. how you worked with your colleagues and/or supervisor, and
    4. what you learned in accomplishing the goal. While you should touch on all four parts of the question (if they’re applicable to you), you should not actually label the parts in your response. (300 words max.)
  • According to a 2016 report from the Sentencing Project, the rate of youth in confinement in the United States decreased by 54% between 2000 and 2015. Even with that improvement, however, the United States still places considerably more young people in confinement than other industrialized nations. Briefly describe one strategy that could be implemented in New York City to help reduce the number of young people subject to confinement, and explain why it could be an effective approach. (150 words max.)
  • What motivates your desire to be a Pinkerton Community Fellow? What do you hope to gain from your participation? (250 words max.)

You must also submit:

  • A one-page resume (Your personal statement and resume should be uploaded below as one PDF or Word doc.)
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A recommendation form from a faculty member or supervisor. The recommendation form should be submitted online by March 15, 2018. Please email this link to each recommender. Please enter the name and email of your recommender on the application below. Please note that you are responsible for contacting and following-up with your recommender to ensure that their recommendation forms were successfully submitted.

To apply, complete the fields below (including the files to upload) before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th: