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
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.
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.
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.
I really like the organizations approach and the passion of their volunteers. I'm happy to help however I can.
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.
I volunteered for the organization in Boston and plan to do so again in the near future. I found it enjoyable and meaningful.
One of my ex colleagues and I were having a chat today & I randomly thought I would open the Borgen Project reviews. I am amazed to see so many (what I consider) hoax postings on there. There is no way this organization could receive a genuine 5 star rating from any intern, given the work profile, the work culture, and the set up as a whole. For all we know, I sincerely suspect that in their bootcamp, just as we were supposed to write 10 letters asking for donations, in order to hold the intern position, the new activity in the bootcamp might be to write good reviews on various sites to maintain the position. I mean SERIOUSLY!!! And Clint Borgen, please do not get ideas from this post and make the interns do so (if you have already not been doing that).
Pros – Apart from a fancy & sort of misleading website and a unique concept, fancy designations for resume is what I can think of
Cons – What lured me to this place was the fancy website and an internship opportunity. The team was really good, but everyone of us who were hired as political and international affairs intern ended up working on the HR aspect of it. The best part is that HR interns did not get to experiment much with their HR knowledge. The concept of the organization is unique, but there is no way to measure its contribution in reducing poverty or improving the lifestyle of the poor. The organization is thriving on fancy yet hollow networking.
The team used to be very friendly and cooperative, until there was too much micro-managing from the boss. He would make sure everyone dressed prim and proper, sat upright, did not talk among themselves etc etc. Felt like being controlled by a school teacher in discipline. There was so much control that employees needed to clock in and clock out and send daily reports to the boss. At one point some ex employee mentioned him trying to introduce a software that would monitor the websites visited during the day.
All employees/interns working there are unpaid, and there is not much incentive to work there, because you are not adding to your skills even otherwise.
The Borgen Project is the result of a daring man's dream. The very fact that the President founded the organization after a UN internship, and then worked multiple other jobs to support himself while he works full-time on his nonprofit is inspirational enough. This year, The Borgen Project is celebrating its 10th year anniversary, and things have come a long way since its humble beginnings.
The interns that form the core work of the nonprofit are amazing. Everyone you meet here have an interest in the international development field; some are fresh graduates, some current students, some even quit corporate positions just so they can try their hand at a nonprofit determined to eradicate poverty. Going to work every day is fun as you chat about current affairs with a group of young do-gooders in the heart of the nonprofit world in Seattle.
The organization itself is a huge learning experience. You learn about US politics, and its stand on foreign policy. You educate and mobilize your friends and family, as well as strangers you meet on the street with your newfound knowledge. You effectively change the way you look at the world, and especially the US's roles and responsibilities in tackling global poverty.
Absolutely worth a try if you are thinking about entering the global development realm.
Despite being a small, quick turn-over organization, the potential benefits from a volunteer internship here is endless. Because interns make the cogs turn, and because each intern is only around a few months, the roles and responsibilities each intern takes on is an experience one is unlikely to find anywhere else. I have never been asked to fetch coffee or complete a repetitive, mindless task for hours on end. Instead I was asked to push the boundaries of my comfort zone by learning new assignments.
I was really drawn to The Borgen Project because they stress education and mobilization of citizens. Not only do they inform citizens about global poverty, but they do a great job about empowering them too. I greatly prefer their approach of influencing the policies instead of direct aid because it has a bigger potential for large scale change.
A very solid organization. They do a lot with very little resources and do a great job of engaging young people.
Of all the charities I support, I believe that my contributions are most effective here. I believe firmly in the approach to advocacy and awareness.
I am impressed with the work of this organization and as a business leader I think addressing poverty at the political level is the right approach. It's policies that create poverty and improving policies is a root step to large scale change.
My son was a volunteer and had a wonderful experience. We're thankful for his time there.