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Spring 2021 Fellowship Program

Work to Protect our Democracy

Discovering Justice is empowering a rising generation of leaders through an innovative civics curriculum which utilizes courtrooms and classrooms as civic spaces—encouraging agency, empathy, and voice in students across Massachusetts. Discovering Justice believes that courtrooms and classrooms can, and should, reflect the best hopes and expectations for what “civic spaces” can be.

Discovering Justice’s civics curriculum and experiential programs for students in grades K-12 put students at the center of the critical decisions that have shaped, and are shaping history. Guided by teachers, lawyers, and community volunteers, students have the opportunity to participate in our democracy and extend civic learning into their own communities.

We must work to ensure that our political and justice systems provide fairness and dignity to all. Our nation was founded and continues to better itself, catalyzed by those who speak up for change and work to hold their government and their leaders accountable. Discovering Justice is investing in our next generation of change makers.

The Discovering Justice Fellowship Program – Spring 2021

Discovering Justice Fellows work directly with a staff person to help develop and/or run a Discovering Justice program and/or build the organization’s operational capacity. During the three month program from January to April, Fellows will learn a variety of skills including how to deliver civic education programming, work for social change, and run and manage a nonprofit organization.

With current COVID-19 restrictions, the Fellowship can be done remotely and/or as a hybrid with 1-2 days a week at the office in the Federal Courthouse in Boston. Our Spring 2021 offerings:

Online Courthouse Tour Development Fellowship

The Fellow will work with the Office Administrator and Courthouse Tour Coordinator to assist in the continued curation of a series of Online Tour Exhibitions exploring themes of justice in the art and architecture of the Moakley Federal Courthouse and in our legal system. This Fellow will research, write, and compile stories and information to be presented in an online exhibition gallery on the Discovering Justice website. The fellow will help produce a physical exhibition of photos and art in the Moakley Courthouse in March. The Fellow will also help compile and organize archival records of Discovering Justice’s 20+ year history. Experience with video editing, WordPress, exhibit curation and knowledge of Art History is a plus, but not a requirement.

Development, Events, and Fundraising Fellowship

The Fellow will work with the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer to help raise the funds needed for the organization to run its various programs. The Fellow will assist with the organization’s annual Gala in the spring, foundation outreach and proposal writing, and the development of an individual giving program. Fellows will learn the basics on how to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropic donors.

Topics Program Fellowship

The Fellow will work with Program staff to research topics and identify partners for Discovering Justice’s new Topics Program. This program covers contemporary legal issues and themes of justice that are relevant to middle and high school students’ lives and society. Fellows will help identify and reach out to community advocates and individuals in the justice system for their inclusion in programs in which students explore an essential question through a variety of informational sources and learn essential civic skills including how to take informed action through engagement.

Mock Trial and Mock Appellate After School Programs Fellowship

The Fellow will work with Mock Trial Coordinator to run the organization’s signature programs that provides opportunities for middle school students to delve deeper into the nation’s political and judicial systems. During Mock Trial teams of students partner with volunteer attorneys online to litigate cases, engage in legal analysis as they develop arguments, and prepare to make their case in front of a real judge and jury. All throughout the program students will be analyzing our justice system with a critical lens. The Fellow will provide support to legal mentors and students, monitor and evaluate classes, and coordinate the culminating Mock Trial events. The Fellow will assist the Mock Trial Coordinator in the design and revision of engaging online civic education curriculum for the spring 2021 sessions.

Communications Fellowship

The Fellow will work with Program staff to develop and implement a social media and earned media outreach strategy. Utilizing the organization’s website, social media platforms, and access to media outlets to media outlets, the Fellow will help create and edit video and broadcast the activities of the organization and its programs.

K-5 In School Curriculum and Programs Fellowship

The Fellow will work with the Education Program Director to support the development of new k-5 civic and social studies curriculum as well as revise and update current materials (including mock trial mini units, literacy based lessons, and civic engagement projects/contests). Our in school curriculum for elementary students aims to provide students with the knowledge of our judicial system, the critical skills to think about and determine justice, and their own identity as a community member. 


  • A passion for civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy.
  • Commitment to work 40 hours a week with a dynamic and energetic staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to work with a team and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Interest in taking this experience back to your campus or to your next job.


The Fellowship will run for twelve to fifteen weeks depending on position needs and applicant availability. Fellowships will have start dates In January and February, and will run until April or May depending on position and availability. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their term. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two references. Please specify your Fellowship(s) of interest. This Fellowship is ideal for a recent graduate or a college student taking a gap year. Send your cover letter and resume before December 4th 2020 to Henry Schunk at with your name and Fellowship Application in the subject line.

Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, and GLBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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