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.

Learn More

Host sites can work with Pinkerton Fellows from two tracks: the Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship and the Pinkerton Undergraduate Community Fellowship. Undergraduate Fellows are John Jay students with a passion for community-based social justice. Graduate Fellows are John Jay students in either forensic mental health counseling or forensic psychology and require clinical supervision. Learn more about the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative by downloading the PFI Host Site Manual.

Timeline and Application Process

The Pinkerton Fellowship accepts new and returning host site applications in April of each year. The following May, prospective host sites are invited to a matching event at John Jay College—an opportunity to meet the incoming Fellows and indicate which ones they are interested in hosting. Fellows begin their host site placements the following June; the fellowship runs for 12 months, with the option to extend for a second summer.