Washington, DC
February 15, 2024

The Frederick Douglass Project for Justice: Summer 2024 Douglass Project Fellow

Douglass Project Fellows work independently and in project teams on communications, fundraising, program planning and implementation, evaluation and visit coordination initiatives. Additionally, Douglass Project Fellows will have the opportunity to take part in seminars and workshops to further their understanding and participation in the public discourse around criminal legal system reform. FDP is a national organization, with operations in Colorado, Florida, Washington DC, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Ohio, with additional states and sites being added regularly.




  • Commitment to the Douglass Project’s mission and goals
  • Interest in criminal justice reform
  • Familiarity with and/or willingness to learn: Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook); Google suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, GMail); Zoom; Mailchimp; Social media platforms - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  • Team-oriented
  • Organized
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexibility to work a varying schedule, including occasional evenings (for virtual visits, forexample, which take place on Wednesdays 6-8pm ET)
  • Access to a computer, phone, and internet for all Douglass Project-related work
  • Communications skills


  • Programming/Visit Coordination
  • Fellows will be trained in in-person (when geographically possible) and virtual visit facilitation and have the opportunity throughout the summer to participate in prison visits and be a part of FDP support staff (and, eventually, discussion/visit leaders in full)
  • Fellows will assist the Administrative Director and Admin staff in registering participants for prison visits, coordinating with carceral facilities, organizing discussion and training material, and developing webinars and other communications to publicize organizational events
  • Participant Research and Outreach
  • Our mission is incomplete without a steady stream of participants for our prison visit programs (both in-person and virtual)○ Fellows will be tasked with conducting research on markets of participants indifferent geographic areas for programs already running and which we plan to open in the coming months○ Fellows will also assist with outreach and communication to prospective participants, communities and groups to spread the word about FDP programming and spur interest
  • Communications/Social Media
  • One of the biggest challenges and areas for growth for FDP is in the use of social media to amplify the organization’s mission, programming, and following
  • Fellows will be crucial in designing and implementing a consistent and impactful communications/social media strategy across all relevant platforms.
  • Fellows will also be relied on to draft, schedule, and post content across all platforms on a regular basis, interview subjects and draft campaign-specific content (i.e. #HumanityofIncarceration campaign), vet existing evergreen content and create new evergreen content and determine and implement posting schedule, develop graphics for social media use, and monitor social media accounts and alert of any posts/organization of note
  • Fundraising
  • Fellows will be tasked with researching potential institutional/individual funding opportunities/prospects, developing criteria to prioritize funding opportunities, and developing a grant calendar that includes dates for drafting, review and submission
  • Fellows will also be asked to draft and edit fundraising materials – proposals, reports, program updates to ensure quality and optimal presentation of program to funders; customize grant applications to funders goals/priority areas
  • Fellows will also be instrumental in maintaining our donor database, ensuring accurate and up-to-date record keeping; create monthly reports of grant solicitation efforts
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