Host a Pinkerton Fellow

The Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative (PFI) offers New York City-based nonprofits the opportunity to host carefully selected John Jay students for meaningful internships serving 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 their host organization’s goals and the field of youth justice more broadly

At community placements, fellows receive skilled supervision and support, exposure to the intellectual framework in which the work occurs, and individualized attention to their own growth. Their placements are supplemented by John Jay coursework, professional development, and mentorships.

Why Host a Pinkerton 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.


The application process to host a Pinkerton Fellow for the 2021-22 cohort is currently closed.

The Institute typically opens the host site application process to new and returning host sites at the beginning of the calendar year. Applications are due in May and Pinkerton Fellows begin their placements in June.