State Policy Network

Institute for Justice

Maffucci Fellowship

  • Type: Fellowship
  • Discipline: Outreach
  • Location: 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22203
  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2021


The Institute for Justice, the National Law Firm for Liberty, is seeking candidates for its highly selective Maffucci Fellowship program. Fellows work closely with IJ’s activism and coalitions team, which fights to change the world at the grassroots through outreach, community organizing, training, coalition building, legislative advocacy, and public demonstrations—a unique brand of activism that reaches vulnerable communities that are subject to the government’s abuse of power..

This growing team specializes in innovative responses to local needs—and we get results. Whether it’s navigating legislative or regulatory hurdles, hosting fun community events to generate support, building coalitions that span the political and philosophical spectrum, writing in-depth reports or drafting postcards, canvassing door-to-door, or leading demonstrations–helping our activists with their real-world problems is at the heart of everything we do every single day.

Fellows assist with exciting outreach projects and research, help track controversies and legislation across the country, and provide valuable support to staff on activism campaigns. Fellows will gain unique experience on the front lines of the fight for liberty with experienced activists and litigators, and have the opportunity to travel for key events with team members to experience IJ activism on the ground.

Opportunities include:

  • Collaboration with activists, attorneys, and researchers engaging in cutting-edge constitutional advocacy
  • Travel to assist with select activism trainings and public demonstrations
  • Explore new, innovative strategies
  • Media publication
  • Writing mentorship
  • On-camera communications training
  • Networking opportunities

Candidates should possess exceptional research and writing skills, have strong interpersonal skills, be attentive to detail, have the ability to think outside of the box, and have a commitment to individual freedom as well as an interest in property rights, educational choice, and economic liberty. Spanish proficiency is helpful but not required.

We are recruiting Fellows on a rolling basis to start in August/September 2021. The duration of the Maffucci Fellowship is flexible, although preference is given to applicants seeking a year-long opportunity. Shorter terms will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fellows will be offered a flexible work schedule; full health, dental, vision and life insurance benefits; a retirement savings plan; and the opportunity to work with high-performing individuals in a collaborative, collegial, positive work environment.

As a result of COVID-19, applicants might start virtually but are required to relocate to Arlington headquarters when staff returns to the office full-time.

Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Law students should apply to our Dave Kennedy Fellow program.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample here.

No phone calls, please.

Institute for Justice
Arlington, VA