If you are an almost or recent college grad and this is how you envision heaven, the First Things Junior Fellowship may be the job for you. Take our quiz to find out . . .
. . . and then hunker down and finish your application because it’s due this Friday!
In the very first issue of First Things , Fr. Richard John Neuhaus wrote, “Temporal tasks are best conducted in the light of eternal destiny.” The First Things Junior Fellowship is certainly a place where your temporal tasks will be part of an integrated life of faith, thought, and work.
As a Junior Fellow you will be challenged to become a better editor and writer. From the seasoned editors here I have learned (among many other things): that maintaining high academic standards does not constrain one to dullness, that writing is as much about personality as it is about noble thoughts and proper grammar, that both faith and editing require a discerning and critical eye, but neither can be done without a degree of gentleness.
My own work in and out of the office—in the pages of First Things and in the many conferences held by the Institute on Religion and Public Life—has helped me both deepen my own Catholic faith and engage more fully in ecumenical dialogue. It has given me a greater awareness of and respect for what many Jews, Muslims, Orthodox, and Protestants believe and face in the public square.
It’s not often a young person can work, live, and pray in an environment with such fervent and civil discussion of the things that matter the most—the first things. The Junior Fellowship is such a place.
For more details about the fellowship, read what my colleagues Matthew Schmitz , Matthew Cantirino , Anna Williams and other previous Junior Fellows Kevin Staley-Joyce , Nathaniel Peters , Stefan McDaniel , and others have written about the fellowship.