HPJ Fellowship

About the Fellowship Program

Frontline Solutions designed the Hilliard P. Jenkins Fellowship in 2010 for emerging leaders generally interested in the intersection of social justice, entrepreneurship, and consulting in the non-profit sector.

The program is structured as a 10-week summer paid fellowship with supplemental professional development opportunities. HPJ Fellows will be placed at Frontline’s offices in Durham, NC or Washington, DC. Fellows will receive introductions to organizations in their base office and around the country, and will also work on a variety of high impact projects.

HPJ Fellows will develop their professional skills through participation in:

  • At least one internal project that exposes Fellows to the inner-workings and strategy development of a consulting firm. Over the summer, Fellows will be placed on an internal project rooted in team-work, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Fellows will have the opportunity to work as a cohort to brainstorm, develop, and implement an idea over the summer in a  high-energy, strategic environment.
  • At least two client projects to support the work of the clients of Frontline Solutions (past Fellows worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Solutions Project, NAACP, Color of Change, Drexel University, among others).

The HPJ Fellowship has a strong professional development component to support Fellows as young social change leaders. Fellows can expect to participate in:

  • Regular meetings with their direct supervisor to assess their progress and talk about career goals;
  • At least one fully-funded work trip (Fellows have traveled to Washington, DC, New Orleans, New York City, Detroit, Little Rock, Chicago, Boston Philadelphia, and over a dozen other locales);
  • Meetings with Frontline clients and partners to discuss topical issues as well as careers in the public and non-profit sectors.

Successful applicants will possess:

  • Mission-driven passion for work and deep ties in communities of color
  • Strong analysis of racial and gender justice
  • High level of independence and efficiency; entrepreneurial mindset
  • Internal and external resourcefulness when problem solving
  • Ability to process and synthesize information quickly
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity and create clarity as projects progress
  • Curiosity and readiness to learn
  • At least two years of post-secondary education

Apply for the HPJ Fellowship

Click here to apply for the 2017 cohort of the HPJ Fellowship. Application deadline has been extended to February 24, 2017. Students of color are encouraged to apply.

2017 HPJ Fellowship

Application and Selection Timeline

Application Period Opens December 5th
Application Period Closes February 24th
Interviews March
2017 Fellows and Alternates Notified Early April  
Fellowship Acceptances Due Mid April
Fellowship Begins June 8th  
Fellowship Ends August 11th

Watch a video about HPJ, produced by former Fellow Lindsay Rosenfeld:

Thoughts from Former HPJ Fellows

“My experience at Frontline taught me a lot about learning from the people around you. We were introduced to so many phenomenal friends of Frontline during the summer, and each of them gave us great life advice.”

Shruti Shah, HPJ '10, Co-Founder & COO MoveLoot.com

“I really enjoyed sharpening my skills and reviewing techniques I’d learn in the business school regarding financial forecasting and just researching for a business plan in general. I was able to apply almost everything I’d learned so far in the business school to a real world situation, which was really valuable to see.” 

Ricky Hurtado, HPJ '10, Executive Director, Scholars Latino Initiative

“I was challenged intellectually all the time, because we were given projects both that added depth to existing areas of strength and exposed us to completely new areas.”

Charlie Sellew, HPJ '10, Data and Policy Analyst, DC Public Charter School Board

“A main component of our internship with Frontline was professional development. I was able to meet leadership in a community development bank in Arkansas, a main actor in NAACP and civil rights activism, the Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and many more people. Conversations with these incredible people taught me that change can happen in different sectors.”

Sofia Wilson, HPJ '10, Founding Teacher at UP Education Network