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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, International Relief

Mission: The Borgen Project creates the public and political will needed to address global poverty. The organization educates the public and political leaders about issues surrounding severe poverty.

Geographic areas served: The Borgen Project fights global poverty.

Programs: The borgen project educates the public about ways global poverty can be reduced and how they can take action. In 2017, volunteers in 754 u. S. Cities were working to address poverty. In 2017 over 3. 4 million people visited borgenproject. Org to learn about the issues and take action. Over 18,000 people applied to volunteer at the borgen project.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first writing internship and I can confidently say it was an amazing experience! At first I was wary about starting a remote internship, but The Borgen Project made it super easy with the online tracker that monitored weekly activities. My supervisors were very helpful and always available if I had any questions that needed to be answered. The writing internship allowed my to formulate my own article topics and some of my writing has now been published!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with The Borgen Project last summer as a writing intern. While I enjoyed writing about foreign aid and exploring new topics, the most useful part of the internship was the fundraising and social media training. I wasn't knowledgeable about either of those topics and the work I did with Borgen has helped me in jobs I've had since then. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to assist the world's poor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working as a political affairs intern in March 2020, during the very beginning of the Covid pandemic. Despite the setbacks from covid, I had an amazing experience working for The Borgen Project. I fundraised over $1000, and as a dual constituent, held five virtual lobbying meetings with offices of my various senators and representatives. I played a part in seeing Senator Markey co sponsoring the End Tuberculosis Now Act of 2019, and Rep. Langevin co sponsoring the Global Health Security Act. It was such a great experience, that I decided to stay on as an assistant manager for the Political Affairs Team. I recommended interning with The Borgen Project if you are looking for experience working for a non profit, and if you are looking to make a real difference fighting global poverty!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Borgen Project was my first internship, and it provided me with a great opportunity to pursue my interests while also contributing to an incredibly important global mission. As an editor, I primarily worked with submissions to the blog, revising and formatting posts prior to publication. However, by nature of the organization's mission, I also coordinated a fundraiser, promoted The Borgen Project on social media, and learned how real policy change can be affected by individuals who are willing to contact their Congressmen and Congresswomen. I highly recommend their site to anyone who's interested in learning more about what they can do to combat global poverty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project was my first internship and at first I was very nervous but once I started I found it so fun and it made me feel good to know that I was helping to make a difference. I had the best experience with The Borgen Project and would recommend it to anyone. Even though they are based in Seattle and I was doing my internship from Chicago, I felt very well connected to them and the communication was perfect. My role was a journalist and it made me proud to see my work be published on a professional news source. It has helped me to boost my confidence and looked fantastic on my resume. My summer was filled with great memories working with them and I miss the time I had with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I loved working with The Borgen Project! I was a writing intern this past summer and i had a great time. I found it to be equally challenging and gratifying the whole time. My manager was amazing to work with and was always quick to response with great advice. I learned a lot about different humanitarian efforts around the world and how to lobby congress for different legislation. I found it so helpful after the internship because my future employers are able to see my published articles online, but also because the staff was also so accomadating. I fully recommend doing this internship!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly enjoyed working with The Borgen Project! I was an intern for the Content Team, and now I'm a Content Contributor. Working with the non-profit, especially while I was 16, was an amazing experience, and I'm incredibly exciting to continue my work there. I started my work there during the pandemic, which gave me a lot of free time, but even with my work there now, the work load is very easy to manage, especially as it's a very independent internship. I definitely recommend applying for an internship, especially if you're younger and looking for experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with The Borgen Project for a year now, and I started as a political affairs intern then moved to a regional director position, and am now an assistant manager for our political affairs department. I thoroughly enjoy working towards such a great mission of reducing global poverty! All of our internships are remote, which is such a great aspect during these times of a pandemic we are in. Our team members are great people and we all work hard to make this non-profit successful!

2 Amy R.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year with the non-profit, and I have held three positions, Political Affairs Intern, Regional Director, HR Associate, and PA Assistant Manager. I have enjoyed all of the positions and all of my colleagues and team mates. It is so refreshing to be doing work that helps the greater good and is flexible, friendly, and worthwhile. They are also remote, which is perfect during times like these. Alleviating global poverty is important to me, and I'm glad I can affect this goal by working with the Borgen Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed working with this The Borgen Project! I was able to hold two different volunteer positions, and felt a great sense of fulfillment learning more about global poverty, and how to effectively advocate my politicians to affect change for good. The Borgen Project also allowed me to make connections within my community and all over the world. All in a a great organization and a great cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently completed my internship with the Borgen Project about a month ago. I was a Writing Intern in the fall-winter of 2020 and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The best part for me was to be able to write articles about topics that I found of great interest every week. It allowed me to learn and advocate for a great cause. My managers were always very kind, helpful, and flexible every time I needed it.
You can easily be working for TBP while attending college or after college and I believe it's an experience that allows you to contribute to important initiatives while also learning and building your professional experience.
I would definitely recommend it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience with The Borgen Project. Organization is dedicated to fighting for the world's poor. Great hands-on experience and learning more about this cause.

2 Tatiana N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I loved working for this Non-Profit.
It is such a cool and innovative idea to work with the government to support the poverty reduction legislation.
The staff is driven, knowledgeable, and motivated.
Awesome to learn a lot about lobbying and advocacy too

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a Political Affairs Intern and Content Writer, I was able to experience the depth and multidimensional aspects of The Borgen Project. For those interested in the public sector and looking for a place to learn the basics of fundraising, advocacy, and academic research, look no further than The Borgen Project

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I interned at the Borgen Project during the summer. The experience there provides me various opportunities to get to know how the non-profit organization works. I am interested in public service, so this internship broadened my horizon and helped me learn many professional skills, which would be useful for my future study and work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

What does the Borgen Project actually do? The Borgen Project made $375,793 in revenue in 2017. What did that money go towards?

I was a policy intern in 2019. I was motivated by the cause and the "massive" network of the Borgen project. I spent months completing menial chore lists- never meeting with any supervisor or mentor in person. To this day I do not know what our work was for. Or the diferentiation between journalism, policy, marketing interns- as we all did the same things (make social media posts, call legislators as constituents- not as representatives of the org), "fundraise", and WRITE FAVORABLE CONTENT ONLINE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION. They "train" hundreds of interns in batches, with no organizational structure to put us in teams or stagnate the training of less/more experienced interns. At one point I was in a GroupMe with +170 people from across the US. The group chats were representative of the chaotic lack of instruction, prupose, and organization.

I first became suspicious when I was repeatedly asked to aquire + $500 from friends and family. Interns cannot "advance" to the next stage of their internships without essentially paying. The Borgen Project does not provide any material for fundraising- you must provide and pay for your own pins, tshirts, literature, mailers, etc if you wish to fundraise this way. The program is designed so that interns who make the most money can only advance to the next "stages". Having spoken with interns who did this.... there is no difference in the kind of work you do, or the contact you make (none) with Borgen staff.

This was my experience as an unpaid intern based in North Carolina. I encourage you to investigate the credibility of The Borgen Project as a non-profit. Where the funding comes from and how it is spent. What constitutes them as a lobbying group (there are regulations that define this by state). This is a big one- you can ask your local/ state legislators what their experience has been with Borgen (spoiler: it's not great). Watch for the red flags.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For anyone who needs an internship during college (or even after), I highly recommend this one! The cause is worth it; ending world poverty, the most humanitarian of non profits. If you have a passion for helping those less fortunate, this is the opportunity for you. Writing articles and campaigning makes it just more fun! The managers are gracious, nice and work with your schedule if it is crazy, like mine was!! I was a Borgen Intern while taking 5 classes in college and a full time job, and still had the fun and opportunity to work for the Borgen Project. This proves anyone can subscribe, donate or be a Borgen intern anytime!! As an intern, I learned so much and expanded my knowledge on the world economically, philanthropically, and politically. We may not all become Mother Teresas, but there are ways to start, and one sure way to start is at Borgen. Their mission is vastly similar. As Mother Teresa, my role model, says, “I’m well aware that nothing I do will be more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with the Borgen Project last summer and had a really good experience doing the Writer Internship. The weekly deadlines allow plenty of time to complete the allotted tasks and the variety of tasks provide valuable experience in multiple different areas including fundraising, writing, working remotely, and communication skills. Working with an organization fighting for hunger and poverty while learning a variety of new skills was very enjoyable and useful.

1 Mary Q.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will always be grateful for my time with the Borgen Project.

I worked as a Writer for 12 weeks and it was everything I've ever dreamed of. My managers were absolutely lovely. They consistently checked-in with me, provided me with the resources I needed to be successful and answered all of my questions no matter how silly.
I learned how to write in AP Style, the importance of SEO, new methods of fundraising and so much more. This internship provided me with the opportunity to bring awareness to topics that I was interested in, find my voice as a writer and create a portfolio of articles that will help me find future work.

This is the perfect place to intern if you are a Political Science, International Relations, Journalism, English or Pre-Law major. If you are looking for experience in the non-profit world, The Borgen Project is the place to be.

MQ

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit leadership intern, I gained a plethora of skills that will continue to help me in the future as I step foot into the professional world after college. It was an extremely organized program with lots of team leaders who were there to help along the way. I was truly amazed by the great impact one nonprofit can make in the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a content writer for The Borgen Project was a wonderful experience. They have high expectations that are all clearly communicated at the beginning of the internship. There are weekly deadlines that can be challenging if you do not plan accordingly. I had to write 1 article a week between 500 and 900 words. I also had to mobilize others to reach out to our representatives to show our support for world hunger, poverty, and education initiatives. Additionally, I set aside about 2 hours a week to focus on my fundraising goals.

I stepped outside of my comfort zone and learned how to be a more professional communicator, researcher, and writer. My first article was a mess, I knew it, but I did not know how to fix it. They gave me a lot of helpful feedback, and by my third article, I felt more confident in my writing skills.

I would recommend this opportunity to anyone wanting real-world experience and to build your network.

I've added some of the content creation I worked up for my social media accounts to support The Borgen Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with The Borgen Project as a Political Affairs Ambassador has been a tremendous experience for me that I will never let go of; I have learned so much. I spent 3 months with the team and it flew by so fast but when I look back and see how much has been accomplished, it feels wonderful. I have enjoyed my time working with this campaign a lot, from meeting with my Congressional leaders to advocating for the world's poor and mobilizing and educating my community to step up and take action for what matters the most - the fight in ending global poverty. No human deserves to live in impoverished conditions and if we, as a leading nation, can step up and take action towards helping our neighbors while also helping ourselves, we can definitely make this world a safer and better place to live. I will say only one thing - if you come across this amazing opportunity, do not hesitate to take it. It is going to be for the betterment of yourself in gaining valuable experience while also helping the ones in need and, most of all, giving a voice to the voiceless. Because that feels incredible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As part of The Borgen Project's Content Team, I grew as both a researcher and a writer! I loved having the ability to write about issues I care about, especially women's education and global healthcare initiatives. While dealing with COVID-19, The Borgen Project ensured that each of its interns felt supported and valued as writers, fundraisers, and political affairs interns. The compassion of the team stood out to me from the start. As someone who struggles with severe health issues, The Borgen Project never failed to check-in on my status and still considered me an asset to their team. Anyone would be lucky to work with this organization, especially if you have a passion for reducing global poverty.

-Kyler Juarez

Sarah A.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time as a political affairs intern with The Borgen Project taught me the skills necessary to work in the political and legal field, including acceptance of feedback, quality of work, and communication skills. I was also able to advance my punctuality, communication, and professionalism skills by completing assigned tasks, attending meetings with congressional staff, and communicating with my supervisors. I was also challenged to step outside my comfort zone when working on projects I had not previously been exposed to. I believe that my time with The Borgen Project taught me a lot about the world, but also about professional expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project is a great organization to begin a career in advocacy and government, or at least make advocacy a natural, everyday activity. From meeting with congressional leaders and writing letters, to making YouTube videos and fundraising, the Borgen Project internship is a fulfilling experience for any high school or college student.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a senior in college I found The Borgen Project through a google search. After completing the interview process, I found myself working as an intern and eventually as a regional director. I learned so much at The Borgen Project, and whether it was public speaking, lobbying, or fundraising, I always had someone I could go to for help. It was hard work and required dedication, but I don't regret a single second of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of Political Affairs Team at the Borgen Project and I got to work for a period of three months with them. This experience was really great for me as it helped me gain mobilizing and lobbying skills. My lobbying meetings were really successful and this empowered me to put in so much work towards the cause. The people at the organization were really friendly and supportive. The other interns were also super cool. I have enhanced my communication, public speaking, fundraising as well as networking skills through this opportunity. I definitely recommend everyone to check out the Borgen Project and do their part in reducing global poverty. I could not have spent my 2020 summer any other way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Being an intern with The Borgen Project was a fantastic way for me to spend my COVID-19 summer as it allowed me to be an activist without endangering myself or loved ones. The internship was remote and for the most part, completely virtual. I was able to reach out and connect with legislative offices and advocate for impoverished individuals around the globe. Interning was definitely a valuable opportunity in the sense that you get to connect with your local interns and make a difference in your community.

1 Katy D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I interned as a Political Affairs Intern for 12 weeks of summer 2020. I am so grateful for The Borgen Project and the opportunity it provided me to learn more about policy and politics, advocate for the world's poor, and truly make a difference. The Borgen Project is doing incredible, tangible work. To work with them during a summer of the global pandemic, COVID-19, was such an incredible opportunity to truly use my privilege and voice to fight for those around the world who's voices are often drowned out and who are in desperate practical need. I am incredibly proud to support The Borgen Project, and highly recommend the experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an HR intern for The Borgen Project this summer for 12 weeks. It was quite a rewarding and worthful experience. Through my role, I was able to gain a thorough understanding of the job recruitment and had the opportunity to listen to many candidates' interviews. Listening to these interview samples allowed me to place myself in the position of the recruiter and recognize the potential for the growth of my own interview skills.

Moreover, The Borgen Project does an excellent job of promoting awareness regarding global poverty. It educates me on how to use political means to help the disadvantaged. Writing emails to my Congress representatives has been my weekly routine, and I am truly glad that I can make a difference through them.

Overall, I think The Borgen Project is a passionate, motivating, and ambitious grassroots organization that unites many talented people together. Downsizing global poverty may seem challenging and unrealistic for one person, but if everyone makes a difference, then the world will be a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working at the Borgen Project as a PR/Marketing Intern. I learned a lot during my time doing this and even though I was working remotely, I got a lot of hands on experience and was able to apply myself to real world situations. Everyone on my team was great, and my manager Tatiana was always there if I had any questions via zoom, and was super understanding throughout the whole process.

After my internship I began working as a Regional Director for 6 months and doing this expanded my knowledge in the communication field even more. I truly believe my experience with the Borgen Project has made me more confident going into the post college job world.

I loved getting to work with such a supportive team, and all for such an amazing cause! Everyone was so passionate and dedicated in improving the lives of the world's poor, it made all of our work FUN and not so much of a "chore" like some places.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with The Borgen Project as a journalist intern for a four month period. Managers are highly invested in interns given their constant communication to ensure we are progressing and enjoying our experience.

Throughout my experience I interacted with managers on a weekly basis via google docs and email to ensure work progress and clarity. Among weekly emails we had quarterly video sessions to discuss any topics we needed assistance with whether it be difficulty with fundraising, assistance with choosing a writing topic, or discussing interviewing skills.

In general, the entire experience was worthwhile given the fact that the work you complete is impactful to the companies mission of global poverty reduction on a domestic scale via legislation. On a weekly basis we write informative articles on poverty reduction, while also contacting our local senators and representatives via email and telephone. When a bill gets passed, volunteers, interns and the individuals we mobilize in our community are part of that.

Such success emphasizes the importance of our political citizenship and the power we each hold. With this internship, I am thus walking away with a new view point on political power and of always thinking about the positive aspect in every walk of life.

Elizabeth Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to do more. I wanted to get involved with an organization that is dedicated to helping those who are in need. And, I wanted to write in some capacity. The Borgen Project was my answer. I did my research about the organization and I was sold from the beginning. The guidance I received, I not only learned how to be a better, more effective writer, I learned how to tell the stories of those I wrote about. The team at Borgen guided and offered constructive feedback which made me want to be better. The weekly assignments from emailing, calling my congress leaders and advocating by mobilizing and fundraising left me feeling a sense of pride and a sense of worth that I sought at the beginning.

The team is always available to answer any questions and they give guidance on how to overcome shyness or nervousness. At the end of the program, I'm leaving more confident about my abilities to advocate and speak on behalf of those who aren't able to speak for themselves. Because of The Borgen Project, I now write with purpose and intention.

I can't thank them enough. If you're looking to grow and do work that's greater than yourself, The Borgen Project will inspire you and bring things out of you that you never thought you were capable of accomplishing.

-Michelle White

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I applied to the Borgen Project to gain professional experience in management and be a part of good in society .
Borgen project is a non-profit organization focusing on the global poverty crisis. Two significant aspects of this highly competitive (only 5% of the candidates are selected) internship are the HR perspective and spreading awareness about the poverty crisis.
As part of the HR team, I updated the job openings at the Borgen project, reviewed
candidates’ online assessment, and gave feedback on the candidates hiring decisions. I also spread awareness in and around my locality by campaigning about various poverty reduction initiatives at the Borgen project and especially about International Affairs Budget (funds allocated towards tackling global poverty).
Few highlights(refer Sep & Oct ’19) during my internship are:
https://borgenteam.org/state-of-the-union/
Successfully ran a Fundraising campaign towards the global poverty crisis and raised about $750 where the target is $500
Got the bird dog award ( https://borgenteam.org/honors-and-recognition/ ) for reaching out and lobbying congresswomen Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Sen. Patty Murray in favor of allocating more funds towards the International Affairs budget, thereby helping millions of people around World.
https://borgenproject.org/geethapriya-kumaraguru/
I agree that Fundraising, lobbying, campaigning are difficult task during internship particularly fundraising if you are students when you are financially dependant on others,
I must admit these difficult task teaches you valuable life lessons
and proves your commitment to internship to future jobs.
My manager Kelly was incredibly supportive throughout the program and gave candid feedback on my performance during the program.

1 NaKeevia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Growing up I did not always have the nicest clothes or the latest pair of shoes. I come from a single parent home where my mother made ends meet the best way that she could. That means sometimes she went without food if it meant her children were able to go to bed with full bellies. I wanted to be a part of ensuring the poor did not stay poor, I wanted to ensure they were not forgotten and that their voices would be heard. Then I found The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project is an AMAZING organization! I had the opportunity to write for the organization as a writer intern and the experience was truly amazing! I was able to write about topics that really matter! I was able to mobilize people (something I have NEVER done before) to come together in an effort to email and contact congress regarding bills and acts that will make a difference. I enjoyed seeing acts being passed, I enjoyed receiving notice that a certain Senator or Representative who was not currently sponsoring a particular act or bill was now a cosponsor. I enjoyed researching topics, finding out the numbers and writing about countries, people and cultures that would otherwise go unnoticed and unheard. I loved being a part of fighting for the underdog and going to Congress on their behalf. I enjoyed the training sessions offered to us, the attentive and prompt managers and editors, and just the overall journey. love what The Borgen Project is doing and stand behind the organization 100 percent!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with The Borgen Project for almost a year now and it has been fantastic. They have such an enthusiastic group of volunteers and managers who show so much initiative in educating about and lobbying for legislation that combats global poverty. So glad and proud to be a part of their efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with The Borgen Project has been an absolute pleasure! This organization is able to provide not just experience but also educates the interns working with them about both the effects of poverty and the ways to make a difference through political action. This internship has prepared me for future career paths. The team is flexible, friendly, and easy to work with.
I cannot wait to see the positive impacts created by The Borgen Project in the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working as a PR& Marketing Intern at the Borgen Project. I applied to work at the Organization because I felt completely aligned with the kind of work they are doing and the large scale impact they are creating for the people living in poverty. As an intern, I can say the tasks are very well organised, you get to read lot of information on every project, learn and an opportunity to add your own value to it. The team is highly flexible and never resists in acknowledging and recognising your efforts. Overall had a great experience and would highly recommend volunteering and interring at The Borgen Project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Borgen Project for almost six months now. During my time with them, I've been fortunate enough to work with some great people for an even greater cause! Everyday I'm learning more about how I can do my part to raise awareness for this amazing cause!!

2 Kristina M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love TheBorgenProject - as an organization, it is caring and supportive, works to make the world better, supports bipartisanship, and uses the power of communication to make broad, lasting changes for those in need.

I volunteered with The Borgen Project from September to December 2019 as a Political Intern. I learned so much during the experience, like how to effectively lobby my members of Congress, how to have constructive discussions about international affairs during a time of domestic focus, and how to push through the "no"'s to get to "yes". I am a better advocate because of their relentless dedication to educate and encourage me (and the team) through the short 3 months.

I was also very impressed with the Leadership Team when they reached out to me for a workshop. I was a new intern, but I have professional experience in coaching toward habit change. They noticed this and asked for a refresher. I felt honored, but even more so I could see how these leaders work hard to be their best selves, changing their own routines to continually improve. This kind of culture is rare in advocacy, and is a crucial element to making this organization grow!

I highly recommend The Borgen Project to volunteers of any age who want to advocate, learn, grow, and contribute.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for the Borgen Project as a political affairs intern during this past summer. This was a unique experience for me as I had never worked for a nonprofit before, but I quickly realized the value in having nonprofits performing at this caliber. This organization gives so many talented and charismatic individuals the chance to utilize their college education to better the world. (My particular position entailed fundraising, mobilization, lobbying, research and collaboration.) Its message is simple- to downsize poverty- to assist those in need, primarily those living on less than $2 per day. This such an incredible organization that not only aims to make the world a more equitable and just place, but it also reminds individuals of the power and value of democracy.

2 Ashley S.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did a marketing/pr internship with The Borgen Project and it was an amazing opportunity that helped me learn a lot and grow in many ways that I hadn't thought I would before. By creating my own branding campaign, mobilizing the public, reaching out to political leaders, fundraising, and other activities, I was able to not only grow my skills in marketing and working within the nonprofit industry, but I got to be a part of an organization that is really working to do good, and truly wants to enact change in our world.
Getting to work to educate others on matters like global poverty isn't what I would have expected to be doing, but The Borgen Project has helped me realize the importance of such a task and how it all affects not only the people living in these conditions, but all of us.
Everyone deserves a safe home, a good education, and access to health care. That's what they're trying to get our leaders to work on, and that's why I support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The Borgen Project in an editorial capacity, and got the opportunity to work on a variety of high-quality and impactful articles focused on the nonprofit’s mission to create awareness about global poverty. It was a great experience working in Kim Thelwell’s team; we had biweekly team meetings where we discussed updates and exchanged best practices, which I found incredibly useful. Every one in the team is extremely professional and supportive, and I genuinely felt like I was contributing my time and skills to a nonprofit that is making tremendous positive global impact, all the while gaining invaluable editorial experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I had a terrible experience while at the Borgen Project. I simply did mundane tasks and was forced to raised $500 as an UNPAYED intern. I was even told that if I did not meet the $500 requirement I would be reprimanded. Outrageous

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "nonprofit" grossly misuses interns. Each intern is unpaid but is expected to raise $500 through the course of their internship. This means badgering family and friends to raise these profits. They assign titles to each intern (HR, political affairs, etc) but they all do the same thing, which is tell people about this "project" and raise money themselves with little guidance. Their budget is hard to find, but if you look at their statement of activity for 2018, very little of the funds are used for legitimate purposes other then paying their CEO and management (maybe half actually goes to the cause). You should not have to pay to work for a nonprofit. I can not confirm this, but apparently you can not get reference letters, recommendations, etc despite raising $500 for them. I really believe many of these reviews are fake. This is a great cause, but they are using it as a front for profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project gives volunteers the resources they need to fight extreme world poverty on the global scale. The leadership team at the Borgen Project is passionate about forwarding this cause - if you want to join the world's movers and shakers look no further!

2 Nina M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning for The Borgen Project was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career! The political affairs internship really allows you to grow both personally in your interest in politics and international affairs and professionally. It's a very hands-on experience which allows you to hone in on your writing, advocacy, and public speaking skills! In addition, you'd be working with an amazing group of supportive and passionate individuals. My supervisors Kim and Kelly were extremely friendly, supportive, and make sure that you feel prepared and comfortable with the work you are assigned. The founder and president Clint Borgen is also very hands-on and really ensures that all volunteers are well-prepared for their lobbying and advocacy work. I would definitely recommend interning/volunteering for The Borgen Project if you are passionate about international humanitarian efforts! You will learn so much about how to engage and make an impact in the political process, while working with amazing people to achieve it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project is amazing organization that I have had the opportunity of working with over the last year. Their commitment to their cause and educating the public is unparalleled. I am passionate about advocacy, and The Borgen Project does an outstanding job at spreading awareness for global poverty and encouraging people to fight for global poverty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for The Borgen Project was such a fantastic experience. I volunteered with the organization for almost two years, and I was able to learn about foreign policy, interact with Congressional offices and government officials, and share my passion for helping the world's poor. I was especially impressed by how even though almost everyone works remote, The Borgen Project is able to build strong teams that cooperate, support each other, and make genuine progress toward shared goals.

2 Allegra U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After almost three years of working for this organization, I can genuinely say that the dedicated people and underlying passion for doing good are characteristics that make The Borgen Project outstanding in both practice and influence. The members and advocates of this close-knit team focus on improving the United States' impact abroad and sharing the "good news" that occurs across the globe. Both goals are ones that I admire and feel the commitment to every day, and are part of what makes The Borgen Project one-of-a-kind. Its positive role in working to legislatively improve U.S. international aid is commendable and inspiring, and overall, I'm beyond proud to work here!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been writing for the Borgen Project for so long now that it has become second nature. Not only has the experience ignited my passion for writing and journalism, but my learning and research have shaped my worldviews and often tested my idealism. I hope that advocacy, creativity and knowledge can shape all of us and our efforts to change some of the inequities and imbalances we see and experience in the world.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Borgen Project presented diverse opportunities to network and attend congressional events and meetings in my community, allowing me to step outside my comfort zone and gain vital experience for my career. The leadership team was incredibly helpful in encouraging me to learn more about nonprofit work and the impact that passion and advocacy can make.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization and cause to be a part of with a passion for fighting global poverty and hunger at the political level. Great work environment with a fantastic and diverse team of individuals. Fluid and efficient communication with managers.

2 Sean N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with The Borgen Project was one of the best experiences of my life. The organization is doing something no other org is doing - advocating on behalf of the global poor to the U.S. government. Its costs are low and its impact is high.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My internship with The Borgen Project was an incredible experience, and I am thankful to have had such an expansive learning opportunity at the beginning of my professional career. Not only was I able to acquire valuable organizational and communication skills, I was also able to learn a great deal about non-profit operations. The in-office team is small, providing a collaborative working environment and an opportunity to learn about many different teams and areas of the organization, and be involved in a variety of projects.

Heather J H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's hard to say, as just a "Writing-fly-on-thewall", how effective the Borgen Project is overall. I will however say while working as a writing intern that it certainly opened my eyes to things that happening in this world that I will never be able to turn my back on again. The Borgen Project has gotten me to contact Congressional Leaders, learn about legislation, and generally take interest and action in ways I had always considered, "someone else's job." I'm very glad I am going through the internship with this nonprofit

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my time at The Borgen Project I got to meet with a Congressman and ask him to support the Water for the World Act. It was a very empowering experience. As a volunteer I learned how to advocate for issues that I believe in and I continue to use those skills in other aspects of life.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think they do a very good job of raising awareness and engaging the public. If you ever have the opportunity I encourage you to visit their office and meet the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been a wonderful team to be part of. I enjoyed everyone I volunteered with and hope to be involved again in the future.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I really like the organizations approach and the passion of their volunteers. I'm happy to help however I can.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started here a week ago and I feel so grateful for this opportunity and being able to help those in need across the globe.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I made lifelong friends and loved what I was doing everyday.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would volunteer here again. Lots of passionate people who care about the cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned a lot and got great insight into politics and advocating for a cause.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing team of volunteers who are very passionate about changing the world. I feel very fortunate that I was able to volunteer and improve my writing skills.