Public Service Fellows Mentorship Program  


John Jay College Public Service Fellows Mentorship Program Overview

John Jay College of Criminal Justice’ MPA Programs is very excited to announce a collaboration with The Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Fellowship Foundation in the creation of The John Jay College Public Service Fellows Mentorship program. This is a special opportunity for students to be mentored by recipients of the Hayes Prize. Recipients of this prize are outstanding leaders in The New York City Government, who want to assist and guide students to become professionals in public service. 


Program Description:

The John Jay College Public Service Fellows Mentorship Program will provide Graduate Students (mentees) the opportunity to expand their knowledge and professional network under the tutelage of Hayes Prize recipients.  Mentees will be paired with mentors in specialty areas to include, but not limited to, public policy and administration, operations and management, healthcare services administration, criminal justice management, education administration, and data analytics. The mentoring will be for at least one full semester.  Mentors will be current and past recipients, and runners up of the Hayes Prize, who will volunteer their time to offer personal and professional insight related to their roles within the field. Mentors will be paired with one student (mentee), per semester, for a total of two students mentees per year. Mentors will meet with Mentees on a required monthly and/or regularly established basis to discuss agreed-upon topics of interest, including but not limited to, professional and/or personal experiences, career advice, current trends of the job market and hiring tips, innovations within the field, and/or share information regarding current projects/or policy reviews.  Meetings will take place as established by the mentor and mentee including over the phone, Skype, or in-person (where possible).


Program Goals:

1. Prepare Mentees to explore various career advancement paths within NYC Government and Public Service, based on the Mentor’s experience and/or insight stemming from their own career path, educational, and/or personal experience.

2. Expand the Mentee’s knowledge on how the Mentee’s skill sets could be applied to the field/community.

3. Create an opportunity for networking, professional, educational, training, and/or certification opportunities, for Mentees. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Current MPA-PPA Graduate Students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have completed 24 total credit hours towards the Mentee’s degree requirement for their selected MPA-PPA Program specialization: 

  •      Criminal Justice Policy and Administration

●        Emergency Management

●        Human Resources Management

●        Law and Public Management

●        Management and Operation

●        Public Policy Analysis 

Application and Selection Process:

Please contact MPA-PPA Program Director, Dr. Elaine Yi Lu at for more information.