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 engage in rigorous academic work and complete placements at leading nonprofit agencies committed to serving New York City’s justice-involved youth.

Community-based service placements
Fellows complete intensive 12 to 15-month internships at community-based organizations  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.

Academic coursework
As a complement to Fellows’ experiences in the field, Pinkerton 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 exposes Fellows to various aspects of youth justice, including needs and interventions for the justice-involved youth population and the policy context for youth-oriented direct service programs.

Professional development
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.


  • Stipend of up to $12,750
  • An unlimited monthly metro card
  • An opportunity grant up to $1000

Eligibility Criteria:       

  • Fellows should be a John Jay sophomore or junior at the time of application.
  • Demonstrated interest in youth justice and direct service.

Meet the Pinkerton Fellows.