Pinkerton Undergraduate Fellowship

The Pinkerton Undergraduate Fellowship combines service and scholarship for John Jay College undergraduate students interested in careers in youth justice and direct service. Pinkerton Fellows combine rigorous academic work with community-based placements at leading nonprofit agencies committed to serving New York City’s justice-involved youth.

Community-Based Direct Service Placements
Fellows complete intensive 12 to 15-month internships at community-based organizations partnered with John Jay that focus on youth justice. Fellows work full-time (35 hours per week) at their host sites during their summers and John Jay’s January break and part-time (14 hours per week) during their fall and spring semesters. They receive skilled supervision and support, individualized attention and mentoring, a stipend of up to $12,750, and a monthly unlimited metro pass to defray travel expenses.

The PFI Practicum in Youth Justice
As a complement to their direct service, Pinkerton Community Fellows also take a 12-credit upper level undergraduate course in sociology [UGR390] taught by top John Jay faculty and prominent leaders in the New York community.

The practicum provides context for the Fellows’ field experiences, exposing them to various aspects of youth justice, including the needs of the criminal justice-involved youth population, interventions aimed at this group, and the organizational management and policy context in which community-based organizations advocate for, provide services to, and ameliorate the challenges that face these youth. Academic assignments are designed to enrich students’ learning experiences throughout the fellowship.

Pinkerton Youth Justice Symposia
Professional development is another important component of the Pinkerton Community Fellowship. PRI hosts twice-yearly Youth Justice Symposia as well as workshops and trainings designed to enrich fellows’ learning as well as enhance the field of youth justice as a whole.


  • 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:       

  • Undergraduate student at John Jay College, enrolled for the entire academic year of the Fellowship.
  • Demonstrated interest in youth justice and direct service.

Meet the Pinkerton Fellows.