Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship

Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship


Fellow Spotlight

Steven Pacheco
The Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship was created to help John Jay students pursue business endeavors and opportunities that are socially responsible. That’s why Joseph Mahmud, Steven Pacheco and Donauta Watson-Starcevic, three inaugural Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellows, started creating CONNECTr, a mobile app that will help people with criminal records find employers open to hiring them. 

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Fierce advocates for justice make a difference in every sector of the city. The Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship at John Jay College connects the best students of social justice with the most socially-responsible and innovative companies in New York City, like Etsy, Echoing Green, and the Center for Social Innovation. Together, fellows and partners learn from each other how to make the city thrive with a purpose.

Social innovation is about solving difficult societal problems in creative ways. From environmental decay to urban poverty to structural racism to gender bias, social innovation offers a way to re-think solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing many communities. Because social innovation requires creative ways to think about difficult problems, the novel and diverse perspectives offered by John Jay students make Bloodhounds ideal social innovators. 

With the generous support of the Moelis family, the program supports cohorts of fellows as they move through an interdisciplinary learning experience focused on social innovation. Rather than a conventional internship, the program combines an intense classroom-based experience, an experiential component based at partner organizations and companies, and a series of reflective workshops with social innovation experts, industry leaders, and scholars. In the past, students have come from a variety of majors, including: Public Administration, Economics, Criminal Justice Management, Computer Science, Political Science, and English.

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are eligible to apply for the 2019 fellowship:
A) if they meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirement;
B) if they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at John Jay College in the fall of 2020.

Details of the fellowship: 

In order to meet the learning objectives of the fellowship, following admission to the program in the spring semester, fellows complete an on-campus course (3-credits) with a series of experiential projects linked to partner organizations and companies.

During the fall semester, the hybrid-course meets once a week (day to be determined) for a minimum of 2.5 hours through a combination of on-campus, off-campus time spent with the partner organizations, and online collaboration.

In recognition of the high qualifications of the fellows and the high requirements of their time and efforts, a generous $3,000 stipend is awarded to each student who completes the fellowship. In addition, textbooks are provided to fellows free of charge.



Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

If you have questions, please contact Prof. Heath Brown at