Future of Public Safety Scholars

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The Future of Public Safety Scholars (“FPS Scholars”) Program is a paid internship, academic, and professional development program to support students interested in public safety careers. This program is sponsored by John Jay College’s Future of Public Safety Initiative, which helps communities across the country reshape safety policy, programs, and budgets to support healthy, safe, and racially just communities. 

We invite students who are interested in public safety careers, including in law (prosecutors and public defense), social work, law enforcement, public service, crime analysis, and investigations, to apply.

We are now accepting applications for the inaugural Fall 2024 Future of Public Safety Scholars cohort (Deadline to apply: June 20, 2024). 

Students who are accepted to this program will receive the following opportunities over the course of a year (Fall 2024 – Summer 2025):

  • Weekly seminars in the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters that educate Scholars on cutting edge innovations in public safety practices, policies, and research.
  • Two paid internships at John Jay research centers, public safety government agencies (e.g., NYPD, DOC, Probation), and/or community-based public safety non-profits (6-8 hours/week in Spring 2025; 30 hours/week in Summer 2025)
  • Invitations to attend/participate in Future of Public Safety Initiative programs
  • Mentorship from professors and Future of Public Safety Initiative leaders and engagement with a community of peers that share interests in community justice and safety



Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Entering their junior year with 60-90 hours completed prior to Fall 2024, 
  • Majoring in Criminal Justice BS, and
  • Have completed the following courses: Research Methods and Police and Diversity.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until June 20, 2024.

For applicants selected to advance, interviews will be conducted with the Faculty Advisors and Program Director during mid-June. 

Scholars attend weekly seminars for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters.

During the Spring 2025 semester, Scholars will intern at a John Jay research center.

During the Summer 2025 semester, Scholars will intern at an external nonprofit or government agency.

Scholars will attend a weekly seminar (tentatively scheduled for Thursdays, 10:50am to 1:30pm for the Fall 2024 semester) as well as:

  • Attend at least three (3) public safety webinars, talks, and/or panel discussions 
  • Attend at least two (2) Future of Public Safety Initiative events

During their internships, Scholars will be expected to commit 6-8 hours per week at their Spring 2025 placement and 30 hours per week at their Summer 2025 placement.

Scholars will receive a $1,200 stipend for the Spring 2025 semester and a $7,200 stipend for the Summer 2025 semester.

Dr. Preeti Chauhan, Department of Psychology

Dr. Sharon Gandarilla-Javier, Department of Law & Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration

For any questions, please contact FPSscholars@jjay.cuny.edu.