Fellowships at the Office of the Inspector General

Here at the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), we are dedicated to the recruitment and retention of a talented and diverse workforce.

The fellowships we offer provide substantial and valuable experience to the fellows, who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. We have designed our programs to enable our fellows to learn about the wide variety of work we perform. 

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Justice Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship for Lawyers

The Justice Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship for Lawyers offers new lawyers the opportunity to develop legal skills and experience working at our office. We are an independent state agency dedicated to the promotion of good government and responsible stewardship of public assets. The 2021 application period is now closed.

The fellowship honors Justice Geraldine S. Hines, a civil rights activist and a founding partner in New England's first law firm led by women of color. Justice Hines joined the Appeals Court as an associate justice in 2013. She served in that capacity until July 31, 2014, when Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court as the first African-American woman to serve on the higher court. She retired in 2017.

Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators

The Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators is a two-year fellowship designed for individuals looking to begin a career as an investigator.

The fellow has the opportunity to work in three of our investigative divisions. Receiving training, guidance and mentorship from senior staff members, the fellow is responsible for conducting criminal and civil investigations relating to fraud, waste and abuse of public funds.

The fellowship honors the late Dr. Frances Burke (1928-2016), who was a distinguished professor and chair of public management at Suffolk University. She was a steadfast advocate for ethics in government and for women in public office. In the late 1970s, Dr. Burke served as a member of the Ward Commission, which led to the creation of the OIG. She traveled the world teaching ethics to public officials and co-edited a book on the topic. Throughout her career, Dr. Burke fostered dialogue and unity among people with diverse viewpoints.

John William Ward Public Service Fellowship

The OIG is proud to support the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship, which operates independently from our office. The fellowship is awarded to fifteen Boston Latin School (BLS) students who have completed their junior or senior year. Fellows work for a summer in the office of an elected public official or an appointed public servant in state or local government, the judicial system or the major press.

The fellowship honors John William Ward, who from 1979 to 1981 chaired the Commission Concerning State and County Buildings in Massachusetts, known as the Ward Commission. The commission discovered that between 1968 and 1980, Massachusetts spent almost $8 billion on wasteful construction projects. The Massachusetts legislature established the Office of the Inspector General as one of the important solutions to the problems the commission identified. 

BLS students interested in applying may visit the Ward fellowship's application page.

"Confidence in government...depend[s] on engaged citizens to become informed and demand good government." --John William Ward
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Last updated: December 20, 2021
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