Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship

Providing Clinical Experience and Comprehensive Graduate Coursework in Youth Justice

The Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship is a 12-month program for John Jay Forensic Psychology and Forensic Mental Health Counseling graduate students that combines clinical externships at leading New York City agencies focused on youth justice with complementary coursework and professional development. Graduate Fellows are exposed to a variety of responsibilities, including interviewing, counseling, assessment, treatment planning, note-taking, clinical research, team meetings, report writing, and other direct client services. Externships are supervised on-site by a licensed staff psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker for at least one hour each week. Each cohort begins in June and serves through May of the following year.

Students accepted to the Graduate Community Fellowship:

  • Participate in paid externships. Following a week-long orientation in June, Fellows serve at partner organizations full-time (35 hours per week) during the summer and in the month of January, and part-time (at least 14 hours per week) during their fall and spring semesters.
  • Fulfill the externship requirement for the Forensic Psychology or Forensic Mental Health Counseling MA program.
  • Gain practical experience and clinical supervision at leading organizations focused on the issues facing New York City’s youth justice community.
  • Earn six credits through a two-semester course designed to enhance their understanding of clinical practice and youth justice.
  • Participate in ongoing personal and professional development seminars.

Graduate Community Fellows receive:

  • A stipend of $4,000 for the summer and $1,250 for the month of January.
  • Full tuition remission for John Jay courses taken while participating in the Fellowship. (Note: Tuition remission is applied at the in-state rate. Fellows who pay out-of-state tuition are responsible for paying the difference.)
  • An unlimited monthly metro card to cover travel expenses.
  • An opportunity grant up to $1000 to help alleviate financial burdens that might arise during the Fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria:       

  • Master’s student in Forensic Psychology or Forensic Mental Health Counseling enrolled for the entire academic year of the Fellowship
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in youth justice, direct service, and clinical practice

The application process for the 2017-2018 year is now closed.  Please contact Rafael Rodriguez if you would like additional information.

Meet the Pinkerton Community Fellows.