Opportunities at John Jay

Professional Opportunities

John Jay offers more than academic preparation. We have many opportunities available to students to develop the skills and experiences needed to be competitive candidates for job positions and graduate schools. As a CUNY Justice Academy student, you’ll also have access to special academic and professional opportunities. Take a look below to find out how you can plan ahead and take advantage of our scholarships, fellowships, internships, and post-graduate opportunities.


Do you want to build your resume with real world experience? Students can apply year round and take advantage of internships during their junior and senior year. The Center for Career and Professional Development provides individual and group counseling, resume workshops, internships, job fairs, and other networking events to get you started in your future career.

CUNY Service Corps

Looking for a way to earn money while making a meaningful difference through service? Apply for CUNY Service Corps! Gain valuable experience while building your resume and preparing for your future career. Students apply in the spring semester and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

The CEEDS Program

Interested in a career in corrections? Apply for CEEDS and gain academic and financial support while learning to become the next generation of captains, wardens, and chiefs with the NYC Department of Correction. Students receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per semester and participate in paid, on the job rotations. New CEEDS cohorts begin every fall. Students apply in the spring semester and must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher).

Graduate School Opportunities

Thinking about graduate school? The Pre-Law Institute & Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities offers pre-law advisement, grad advisement, mentoring, LSAT and GRE preparation, and support with graduate school applications. Students can apply for Pre-Law boot camps-intensive week-long academic skill-building programs to assist students in developing the critical thinking, research, and writing skills needed for law school.

BA/MA Program

Want to earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in three years? The BA/MA program allows exceptional transfer students the opportunity to complete both degrees in an accelerated time frame. To apply, students must have earned at least 60 credits and less than 85 credits and maintained a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Study Abroad

Have you ever thought about earning credit while studying in another country? The Office of International Studies and Programs offers a wide range of opportunities to study abroad through short-term, semester, and year-long programs. Studying abroad can broaden your cultural and academic experiences and give you an edge when applying for jobs. Students must be in good academic standing (2.5 or higher) to apply.

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Looking for ways to fund your education? The Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities can help students find and apply for general scholarships, scholarships to study abroad, summer fellowship opportunities, and fellowships to study at a foreign university after graduation. Eligibility requirements and application materials vary for each scholarship and fellowship, however most require either a 2.5 or 3.0 GPA or higher.

The McNair Program

The McNair Program prepares students for graduate school through academically enriching experiences and mentoring.

Research Opportunities

Through John Jay’s Office of Undergraduate Research, students work with faculty mentors in a variety of exciting research areas from international human rights, to public health, to the role of literature in sparking revolution.


Students in the Forensic Science Program work side by side with faculty on research in chemistry, molecular biology, and toxicology, among other fields, and receive stipends to support their research through the Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors(PRISM).