Dangerous Speech Project Communications Fellow

Academic Credits







The fellow will be paid $15-20/hour based on qualifications.

Hours per week

Part-time (15-20 hours/week) during academic year; full-time (35-40 hours/week) during summer.




District of Columbia
United States


Position: Dangerous Speech Project Communications Fellow

LocationWashington, DC strongly preferred (but not required)

Status:  Part-time (15-20 hours/week) during academic year; full-time (35-40 hours/week) during summer; Non-Exempt

Start Date:  April 2018

Reports to: Director of Operations

The Dangerous Speech Project (DSP, dangerousspeech.org) seeks effective methods to identify and counteract rhetoric that can inspire violence, while also protecting freedom of expression.

Fellowship Overview

The DSP’s new year-long fellowship in Communications and Research is an ideal opportunity for a student or recent graduate with a love of effective new ideas and bridging differences. During the summer, the fellow will work primarily on research and writing. Throughout the year, they will also assist with media outreach, social media/website posts, special projects, and related administration.  

Fellowship Responsibilities & Related Tasks

Research and Writing

  • Conduct research on topics ranging from public speech that has preceded episodes of mass violence, to content moderation policies of Internet platforms
  • Write, or help to write, scholarly and journalistic articles
  • Contribute to the development of curricula and other teaching materials 

Social Media & Website

  • Maintain the DSP’s blog, frequently creating new content and soliciting and editing content from guest bloggers 
  • Develop and post social media content relevant to the DSP’s mission, on Internet platforms including Facebook and Twitter 
  • Communicate and engage with the DSP’s social media followers
  • Add new publications and resources to the DSP’s website

Communications & Strategy

  • Draft occasional newsletters 
  • Assist in the development of DSP’s communications strategy
  • Develop branding and marketing materials, such as a visual identity guide

Media & Public Relations

  • Monitor media activities related to dangerous speech
  • Respond to public, media, and other stakeholder inquiries
  • Create and maintain a database of media contacts and the DSP’s press archive


  • Maintain and update the DSP’s email list
  • Participate in DSP’s staff meetings and other occasional meetings
  • Other activities as assigned


Required Skills & Experience

  • Native level proficiency in English
  • Outstanding writing, with ability to write concisely and collaboratively, and proofread
  • Top quality desk-based research, including academic literature searches
  • Ability to meet deadlines consistently, attention to detail, high level of organization
  • Social media experience – both content creation and monitoring of content
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proactive, self-directed approach to solving problems

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Experience or interest in working across differences and in cross-cultural environments
  • Training in human rights, communications/media studies, sociology, anthropology, information studies, and/or law
  • Experience with WordPress and various social media platforms

Compensation & Benefits

  • The fellow will be paid $15-20/hour based on qualifications.
  • As the post is temporary, the fellow will receive paid personal leave but not other benefits.

Travel Requirements

There may be occasional travel for meetings or conferences.

New Venture Fund Careers

The Dangerous Speech Project is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How To Apply