HFG Fall Internship

August 30, 2021

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) seeks a dynamic self-starter interested in working with a leading private foundation to assist with program administration and communications efforts. This paid, part-time internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about program implementation and communications strategy while working in a non-profit environment. The HFG Fall Intern will work independently and with Foundation staff to fulfill organizational goals and initiatives related to programming, publications, and events. The position offers a mix of in-person and remote work.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation examines enduring and urgent problems of violence, such as war, crime, and human aggression. Through basic and applied research, we aim to understand the causes, manifestation, and control of violence. We spread this knowledge to inform policy, practice, and public discourse and to advance scholarship. The Foundation awards research grants to support distinguished and emerging scholars studying matters of violence in the United States and around the world. We likewise conduct and commission original research and publish relevant research and policy reports. We host conferences, research seminars, and public conversations on topics of violence, often in collaboration with peers in academia, philanthropy, and civil society.


  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, English, Communications, Journalism or Management)
  • Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mailchimp, Hootsuite, etc.
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.). 
  • Previous internship or work with non-profit organization a plus
  • Knowledge of HTML, website content management and graphic design a plus 
  • Self-starter, good time management, creative, with ability to communicate in a professional manner 
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team 
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission 


  • Assist various departments of the Foundation including: program, communications, and administration. This may involve working closely with program and administrative staff and the Foundation’s president.
  • Help maintain and update the HFG contact database.
  • Help maintain and update grants database.
  • Assist in planning, writing, and roll-out of e-newsletters. 
  • Update the Foundation’s WordPress website with current events, relevant news, etc.
  • Assist in the maintenance of HFG’s social media presence, including daily monitoring, posting, scheduling, and reporting Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn updates.
  • Provide input for creative outreach strategies and social media campaigns. 
  • Support the management of editorial and events calendars. 
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for outreach and communications. 

Suggested Dates: September 15, 2021–December 15, 2021 (Fall Semester)

Hours: 20 hours/week

Compensation: $20/hour (institutional credit available upon request)

Location: Virtual or in-person in New York City

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Program Officer Nyeleti Honwana at nhonwana@hfg.org.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

HFG Helps Launch Working Group on Violent Crime

August 20, 2021

With murders and gun violence increasing in some U.S. cities following a long decline, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is joining with the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) to form a working group to study the issue and propose solutions. 

“Violent crime, particularly homicide, is rising rapidly in cities across the nation,” the Council said in announcing the formation of the group, citing a 30% surge in murders in 2020 compared to the previous year. “This rise in violence is claiming lives, filling prisons, and undermining momentum for policing and other criminal justice reforms. Policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government need solutions now.”

HFG is supporting the effort alongside the Charles Koch Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Microsoft.

The group will meet regularly to examine the violent crime increase and propose solutions. On August 3, the working group hosted its first online discussion, Violent Crime: What’s Happening and What Can We Do About It. Future events and reports can be found on the CCJ website

Members of the working group include: 

  • Thomas Abt, Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice (Chair)
  • Ciera Bates-Chamberlain, Executive Director, Live Free Illinois
  • Eduardo Bocanegra, Senior Director, READI Chicago
  • Paul Carrillo, Director, Community Violence Initiative, Giffords Law Center
  • Hernán Carvente-Martinez, Founder and CEO, Healing Ninjas, Inc.
  • Vaughn Crandall, Co-Director, California Partnership for Safe Communities
  • Linda Harllee Harper, Director, Gun Violence Prevention, Washington DC
  • Daniel Isom, Director of Public Safety, City of St. Louis
  • London Kite, Duval County (FL) Court Judge 
  • Ajima Olaghere, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Temple University
  • Emily Owens, Professor, Dept. of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California-Irvine
  • Alex Piquero, Chair, Dept. of Sociology, University of Miami
  • Jason Potts, Captain, Vallejo Police Department
  • Chico Tillmon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs
  • Emada Tingirides, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
  • Daniel Webster, Bloomberg Professor of American Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is a leader in creating and disseminating knowledge on the nature, consequences, and reduction of violence in its many forms, including war, crime, and human aggression.

For more information contact: 

Nyeleti Honwana, Program Officer
info@hfg.org | 646.428.0976

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