Law and graduate students, do you want hands-on experience working on system-shifting research and advocacy? You’re in luck: MSI Integrity’s Summer Fellowship program is back! Read about previous fellows’ experiences here and here.
Seeking Legal and Policy Fellows
We’re seeking Legal and Policy Fellows to join our team during the Summer of 2022 to advance the first project of our Beyond Corporations work: Shifting Power: Assessing Worker- and Community-Centric Alternatives to Conventional Corporations. Shifting Power is a user-friendly and visually appealing online platform that will explore and evaluate a range of different policies, reforms, and structural features of businesses that enable worker ownership and control in the decision-making of those businesses. Fellows will assist the organization with its work and develop a workplan and central project mutually agreed between the Fellow and MSI Integrity.
Examples might include analyzing how alternative corporate governance and ownership structures shift power to workers and communities, supporting targeted dissemination of Shifting Power by engaging in outreach with labor and corporate accountability audiences, and writing short publications and materials suitable for those audiences. We hope to find individuals who share our passion for economic justice and who are interested in pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo as it relates to corporate power and economic inequality.
The Fellowships are full-time (ordinarily 36-40 hours per week, however during COVID we have been enabling our team to reduce to a 32-hour work week given the additional stresses of the period—see our COVID workplace policies) and temporary (minimum 10 weeks). Our approach to working with summer fellows is to embrace you as full members of our team for the time you are working with us. This means attending weekly staff meetings, engaging in cross-organizational issues that might arise, being able to join working groups of interest to you and occasionally participating in our not-too-awkward remote zoom social hangs. MSI Integrity’s fellowship program will be structured to provide a supportive and engaging environment. Fellows will work in close collaboration with supervising MSI Integrity staff and will receive feedback on their work product during regular check-in meetings with supervisors. We will support Fellows in developing a polished writing sample, if desired.
While we anticipate many Fellows will have funding sources from their universities or support organizations, we do not want the lack of funding to prevent interested candidates from applying. Applicants may indicate in their application if they are unable to secure funding from their universities or other sources, and we will work with such candidates to try to find financial support and assess if we can provide a small stipend.
Eligibility and Where to Apply
In order to be eligible for the Legal Fellowship, applicants must have completed at least their first year of law school by the summer. For the Policy Fellowship, applicants enrolled in any graduate university degree program will be considered, although projects will be matched relevant to skill level.
Do you want to shift power? See the full job description and learn how to apply on our Employment page.