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.
I interviewed with Borgen back in November, I had applied two months prior to the HR internship. After applying I researched how the organization worked, and I was really impressed how Borgen incorporated policy making and real change. But I felt the fundraising demands undermined the whole concept of interning with Borgen. Although the volunteering manager was very coordinating and familiarised me with the tasks.
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.