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2015-16 Community Fellowship Application


Cohort 2 Community Fellows with Practicum in Youth Justice Instructors.

The Pinkerton Community Fellowship for the 2015-2016 program will be available shortly.

Are you a sophomore or junior interested in gaining real-world experience in the juvenile justice system, while earning academic credits, developing leadership skills, and receiving a competitive stipend? Apply for the Pinkerton Community Fellowship.

The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a prestigious 15-month program that places talented John Jay students at community-based agencies serving young people involved in the justice system.

2015-2016 Pinkerton Community Fellows

Commitment and Compensation

The Pinkerton Community Fellowship is a 15-month program that begins in summer 2014 and runs through summer 2015. The community fellowship components are listed below:

  • Internship – Community Fellows benefit from intensive experience at leading nonprofit community-based organizations that address a diverse range of youth justice issues.
    • Starting in June, fellows work 35-hours a week during the first summer;
    • 14-hours a week during the fall and spring semesters; and
    • 35-hours during the winter session and during the second summer.
    • Coursework – In addition to the placement, fellows earn twelve-credits through an upperclass two-semester Practicum in Youth Justice course that is designed to enhance their understanding of the issues related to their work.
    • Seminars – Fellows also participate in on-going personal and professional development seminars throughout the fellowship period

Community Fellows earn a total of $12,750 throughout their 15-month commitment. This comprises of:

  • $3,500 for the first summer
  • $2,000 for each fall and spring semesters
  • $1,000 for full-time hours during the winter break; and
  • $4,250 during the second summer. The second summer is contingent upon high performance ratings by both the host site and the PFI staff.

In addition community fellows:

  • Receive a monthly unlimited metro card to cover travel expenses; and
  • An opportunity grant of $1,000 to help alleviate financial burdens that might arise during the fellowship period


  • Current sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • High level of responsibility, leadership and commitment
  • Demonstrated genuine passion for youth justice

Application Timeline

  • Final deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014, at 5pm
  • Finalists will be interviewed and notified in March
  • The fellowship begins in June 2014

Application Process

To apply to be a Pinkerton Community Fellows, you must submit:

  • A 1 – 2 page personal statement covering why you are interested in becoming a Pinkerton Community Fellow, what you hope to gain as a Fellow, and an assessment of your strengths and challenges.
  • A resume
  • A recommendation form from a faculty member or employer
  • A copy of unofficial transcript


Submit the materials below by February 14, 2014:

  • Please upload your personal statement and resume as ONE document in PDF format. (See instructions above for what to include in your personal statement.)
  • Please upload your unofficial transcript as ONE document in PDF format.

 In order to upload your transcript as a PDF:

  • Print your unofficial transcript from the Jay Stop website
  • Go to the John Jay library and ask a librarian how to scan the transcript as a PDF to your email
  • Follow the librarian’s instructions
  • Once the PDF is sent to your email, save it and upload it here


The recommendation form should be completed online by a faculty or employer by February 14, 2014. Please click here for the recommendation form and share this link with your recommendation writer.


For more information, please contact: Melissa Pognon, Program Coordinator, Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative pfi@jjay.cuny.edu