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Fellowships & Internships

The Harlan Institute is looking for interested applicants for our Fellowship Program and our Intern Program.

Harlan Fellowship Program

The Harlan Institute is accepting applications for our Fellowship Program.

Fellows will have the following responsibilities:

  • Manage FantasySCOTUS.net database following new cert grants, oral arguments, and opinion hand-down;
  • Update FantasySCOTUS.org lesson plans to reflect new developments in the Supreme Court Term;
  • Mentor High School students through HARLANconnect;
  • Engage the Harlan Institute’s social media presence through our blogTwitter, and Facebook;
  • Work with Board of Directors to help grow FantasySCOTUS and our educational platform.

We are looking for law students who are in their second or third year of law school, have finished (and enjoyed!) constitutional law, and closely follow the Supreme Court term.  The fellowship would begin in July and conclude following the conclusion of the Term (roughly the last week in June).

The time commitment is light, and is quite flexible with any law school schedule (maybe an hour or two a week that can be done at your convenience). Fellowships can be performed virtually, and there is no requirement that applicants live in the Washington, D.C. area. The Fellowship is unpaid, but I assure you, the experience and networking opportunities will make it well worth your while; in the past two years, several interns who excelled were elevated to our Board of Directors.

If you are interested, please send a resume and a writing sample to info@harlaninstitute.org. If your application is selected, you will receive a brief telephone interview.

Harlan Intern Program

The Harlan Intern Program is a semester-long program. We are currently looking for interns for the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Candidates selected for the Harlan Intern Program will work closely with our Board of Directors to help develop FantasySCOTUS.org. Please send a resume and a writing sample to info@harlaninstitute.org. If your application is selected, you will receive a brief telephone interview.

Candidate Qualifications:

The Institute is looking for candidates with an interest in the Supreme Court, the constitution, and most importantly, in liberty. Entrepreneurial spirits and out-of-the-box thinkers are ideal candidates. While our operations are headquartered in Washington, D.C., a big part of our mission is reaching out to educators across the country, so we encourage people from outside of the Washington, D.C. area to apply. As for qualifications, the Institute is looking for candidates with a variety of skills and backgrounds:

  • Legal, Political Science, & Government- The Institute is looking for candidates with an interest in constitutional law, who keep abreast of current Supreme Court cases, and can explain cases in plain English
  • Technology- All of the Institute’s lesson plans are driven by technology. Candidates with a background in web development (HTML, PHP, MySQL), graphic design (Photoshop, Illustrator), and a good grasp of Web 2.0 (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.) are in demand.
  • Education- An important component of the Institute’s initiatives is teaching, primarily high school students. Candidates with a background in education, and those with teaching experience, are in demand
  • Business- The Harlan Institute needs skilled candidates who can plan, market, and raise funds for this exciting new product to a national audience. A background in marketing, advertising, or finance can help shape the roll-out of the Institute’s products.

Responsibilities:

  • Research cert grants and cases pending before the Supreme Court.
  • Summarize the cases and questions presented in plain English
  • Reduce the case to one or two primary issue
  • Gather all relevant precedents, statutes, and other resources
  • Prepare lesson plans for teachers to use to teach case
  • Formulate blog posts for each class, and scoring rubric
  • Investigate Justices’ voting histories on that topic to allow students to make informed predictions
  • Work on developing the league and setup for the September school year
  • Develop weekly SCOTUS trivia tidbits
  • Prepare other related research projects for students
  • Promote and market FantasySCOTUS.org
  • Develop grassroots network of teachers nationwide (e-mail, message boards, direct mail if needed)
  • Reach out to home-schooling market
  • Research different advertising opportunities and ways to get in classroom
  • Fundraise and help develop donors for FantasySCOTUS.org and the Harlan Institute


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