Fellowships

The Institute for Justice and Opportunity’s fellowships prepare students for careers in youth justice, policy advocacy, and philanthropy. Fellows complete placements at community-based organizations, engage in rigorous coursework, and participate in professional enrichment opportunities. By investing in their own professional development and nurturing their passions, they bring tremendous value to our partners and host sites as well.

  • The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative offers John Jay undergraduate students hands-on experience with New York City nonprofit organizations in the juvenile justice field.
  • The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship places John Jay graduate students with successful policy advocacy organizations where they organize advocacy days, research and track legislation, and make other contributions to their host sites’ agendas.
  • The David Rockefeller Fund Fellowship introduces students with past criminal legal system involvement to the world of philanthropy through placements at the David Rockefeller Fund and supplemental professional development opportunities. 

Our Model

We support fellows as leaders and as learners through an innovative combination of experiential learning and professional enrichment opportunities.

  • Placements: Fellows gain hands-on, practical experience through placements at a growing network of partner agencies throughout New York City. In addition to providing students with valuable work experience in direct services, advocacy, and philanthropy, our fellowships build the operational capacity of host organizations by connecting them with students who are both rigorously trained and continuously supported throughout the placement period.
  • Coursework: Fellows complete complementary academic coursework that provides a foundational understanding of the relevant theoretical literature in their fields, as well as placement-specific skills.
  • Professional Enrichment: The Institute offers fellows a range of professional development opportunities, including workplace skills development, leadership training, and interpersonal effectiveness. Alumni services are also available to support fellows as they pursue advanced degrees and begin their careers.