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The Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators

A two-year fellowship program for individuals looking to begin a career as an investigator.

Message from Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha

I am pleased to announce the creation of two new fellowship programs in the Office of the Inspector General to improve our recruiting of qualified candidates and increase our diversity. Starting in September 2019, we will have our first Burke Diversity Fellow and we will welcome our first Hines Diversity Fellow for Lawyers in September 2020. Both positions will be two-year appointments.

Our fellowship programs will provide substantive and valuable experience to individuals with strong character and a commitment to public service. The programs are designed to allow Fellows to learn about the wide variety of work our Office performs, with the hope of offering full-time employment at the end of the fellowship.

An important goal of our fellowship programs is to recruit individuals who will contribute to diversity and inclusion in the Office. Diversity comes in many forms and we are looking for candidates whose unique set of experiences, background and skills will contribute to the Office and our engagement with the public. I look forward to the successful initiation of this exciting opportunity.

Dr. Frances Burke

The Office is honored to name this fellowship after Dr. Frances Burke (1928-2016), who was a staunch advocate for ethical decision making and a champion for women in government. In the late 1970s, Dr. Burke served as a member of the Ward Commission, which led to the creation of our Office. Dr. Burke had a distinguished academic career as a professor at Suffolk University and chaired the public management department. She traveled the world teaching ethics to public officials and coedited a book on the topic. Throughout her career, Dr. Burke fostered dialogue and unity among people with diverse viewpoints.

About the Fellowship

The Dr. Frances Burke Diversity Fellowship for Investigators will provide opportunities for motivated professionals who want to begin a career in investigations and who are eager to gain valuable investigative experience while serving the people of the Commonwealth. We are seeking candidates who will contribute to the Office’s diversity of background, experience and skills.

During a two-year tenure at the Office, the Burke Fellow will work in three of the Office’s investigative divisions. The Fellow will receive training, guidance and mentorship from senior staff members, and will be responsible for conducting criminal and civil investigations relating to fraud, waste and abuse of public funds. The Fellowship is a full-time, two-year commitment. Salary will be $40,000 per year, plus all benefits offered to full-time employees. Fellows may be considered for full-time employment with the Office at the end of their term.

Fellowship Duties

  • Evaluate complaints and develop case plans
  • Conduct interviews, perform research, query databases and analyze evidence
  • Prepare case reports, document requests, summonses and administrative letters
  • Participate in case meetings and provide court testimony if required
  • Identify control weaknesses, fraud, the misuse or waste of funds and opportunities for cost savings
  • Work cooperatively with other law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies
  • Participate in office-wide initiatives or projects
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

The Office is seeking candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Relevant work experience or a degree from an accredited college or university
  • Strong interest in public service and investigations
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Candidates will also be evaluated on the basis of several other factors, including:

  • Knowledge, experience and ability in areas such as research, writing, analytical thinking, computer skills and communication
  • Professional or personal experience that aligns with the mission of the Office of the Inspector General
  • Demonstrated engagement and leadership in school and/or community activities
  • Proven flexibility to work in a variety of challenging roles and strong interpersonal skills

How to Apply

The application period for the 2019 – 2021 term is now over.  Candidates submitted a resume, statement of interest and personal statement. Selected candidates were invited for interviews in May and June 2019. The fellow began work in September 2019.

For questions, please contact us at or (617) 727-9140.

Diversity Officer:
Mary Beth Farrelly

The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. The Office does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. The Office promotes access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with its missions. The Office actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

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