The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis.
From CNN to The Huffington Post, the world is talking about the innovative movement that is downsizing global poverty. The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. The national campaign is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.
While this internship may seem to be a good resume booster, a lot of its employees, volunteers, and "interns" are expected to complete tasks that are little more than trivial, under the guise of "ending global poverty." Honestly, it's pretty disingenuous to call yourself an advocacy/lobbying organization when you're asking people to beg their friends and family for $500 over the course of three months.
I interviewed with this company a while back as I was looking for more opportunities to research and write about important issues. They have maybe 7-9 remote internship positions that last about 6-8 weeks in which every intern, even though they have have a fundraising intern position, is required to raise $500 dollars to complete the "internship." When I asked what was the intended educational value of these fundraising efforts, they couldn't answer other than by saying it was a "grass roots organization" that called on everyone "pitch-in". I took it to mean these internships are thinly veiled ways to get $500 from about 9 people every 8 weeks.
by Sophia E. from Charlotte, NC
(September 23, 2017)
I interviewed with the Borgen Project a few months back, and the description of what I had applied to volunteer as and the actual position were much different. For starters they want you to fund-raise most of the time at high amounts, and I got the feeling the organization had more to do with exaggerating the efforts of the owner than actually helping people. It made me wary what the money was actually going to.
The Borgen Project and their internship opportunities are not inherently bad, but before applying to one of them, you should know that the internship posting is misleading.
The Borgen Project advertises always-available writing and editing internships. This is great - you can do something good and you can also gain resume experience if you're looking for that sort of thing.
However, what they leave out of their internship postings (and actually neglect to tell you until you've reached the final round of the process) is that these internships are primarily about fundraising. Raise $500 in 3 months, or your internship is considered incomplete.
This isn't a horrible practice or anything. The organization is fine. Just know what you're signing up for before you go through all the trouble of the application process.