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Spring 2022 Fellowship Program

Spring 2022 Paid Fellowship Program

Work to Protect our Democracy

Who We Are:
For over two decades, Discovering Justice’s programs have provided opportunities for civic education and engagement for students across the Commonwealth. The organization works in partnership with school systems, judges, nonprofits, and the legal community to examine the workings of the justice system, explore the ideals of justice, and help young people prepare to engage in our democracy.
This approach is rooted in the founding vision of Boston’s John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, designed as a vibrant center for civic education and community activity. Our programs facilitate the development of core civic knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for students to engage meaningfully in our democracy, such as perspective-taking, critical thinking, open discourse, empathy, and advocacy.

In addition to welcoming the community into the Courthouse for tours, field trips, and public events, Discovering Justice has extended its work into schools across Massachusetts to provide civic education opportunities, including K-5 curricula, Mock Trial and Appeal Programs for middle school students, and new programs, such as the Topics Programs for middle and high school students.

What We Believe:
The justice system can and should work for everyone.
Constructive and critical discourse builds community and a strong democracy.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core democratic values.
Civic education and engagement strengthen our democracy.
In the power of the next generation to sustain our democracy.

How We Work:
We have a deep belief and relentless focus on achieving our mission and our constituent centered outcomes.
We strive for excellence and hold ourselves accountable to high standards.
We value clear communications and transparent decision-making processes.
We thoughtfully stewardship our resources.

The Discovering Justice Fellowship Program – Spring 2022

Fellows work directly with a Discovering Justice staff person to help develop and/or run a program and/or build the organization’s operational capacity. During the semester-long program from February to June, 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.
Discovering Justice is a cohort of hardworking and passionate people excited to welcome new people and ideas. The organization’s staff and volunteers provide an open and welcoming environment, which provides opportunities for Fellows to take on responsibilities and learn core nonprofit skills to help in their careers.
This Fellowship will be a hybrid remote/in person opportunity. Fellows will work 1-3 days a week in person at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, and 2-4 days remotely.
Some fully remote and part time opportunities are available. Please list in your cover letter or email application whether you would like to be considered for a part-time or remote Fellowship.

What You Will Do:

Civic Education Advocacy Fellow
The Fellow will work with the Executive Director to help coordinate a grassroots campaign to increase Massachusetts’ investment in civic education programs. The Fellow will work with the ED to help develop a policy platform, help coordinate a statewide Lobby Day at the State House through working with dozens of civic education groups across Massachusetts, and coordinate a voter registration drive for high school seniors. Experience with managing events and recruiting and organizing volunteers is required.

K-5 In School Curriculum and Programs Fellowship
In School Fellow Description: “The K-5 In-School Fellow will work with the Education Program Director to support the development, pilot, and revisions of our k-5 civics curricular material. Our in-school program and curriculum provides students with a deeper understanding of justice, the critical skills to determine and advocate for justice, and a sense of their own identity as a community member within our world. Experience or background in education, civics, social justice preferred.

Courthouse Programs Fellowship
The Fellow will work with the Courthouse Programs Manager to assist in the continued curation of Tours and Courthouse Art Exhibitions exploring themes of justice in the art and architecture of the Moakley Federal Courthouse and in our legal system. This Fellow will help organize and schedule tour groups, get trained as a tour docent and assist in the training of other volunteer docents. This Fellow will assist in the organization and planning of Courthouse panelist events, film screenings, and other in person opportunities hosted at the Courthouse by Discovering Justice. The Fellow will also help compile and organize archival records of Discovering Justice’s 20+ year history. Experience with event planning, script writing, public speaking, and WordPress, is a plus, but not a requirement.

Topics & Leadership 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 Program Manager to run the organization’s signature program 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 Program Manager in the design and revision of engaging civic education curriculum for the Fall 2021 and future 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. Adobe Premier and Canva experience preferred.

Who You Are
You have a passion for civic education and the need to protect and promote our democracy.
You can commit to work 40 hours a week with a dynamic and energetic staff. (At least 20 hours for a Part-Time Fellowship)
You have excellent written and oral communications skills.
You love to work with a team and want to learn new skills.
You will take this experience back to your campus or to your next job.

The Fellowship will run for thirteen weeks depending on position needs and applicant availability. Fellowships will have start dates in February, and will run until June depending on position and availability. Some fully remote and part time opportunities are available. Please list in your cover letter or email application whether you would like to be considered for a part time or remote Fellowship.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 for their term (a proportionate stipend with part time Fellowships). 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 semester or year. Send your cover letter and resume by January 10th 2022 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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