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The Borgen Project Editorial Intern Reviews

Updated Aug 30, 2017

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  1. "Self-directed...Great to add to a busy summer!"

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    Current Intern - Editorial Intern in Seattle, WA
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    I have been working at The Borgen Project

    Pros

    This internship was remote and did not have time restrictions on it, I only had to complete 17 hours/week. This was great for a summer internship where I also had a part time job and traveled quite a bit. I felt like I grew a lot in my skills as an editor and learned a lot about The Borgen Project. This internship is very self-directed because it is remote, so you get out what you put in. I took advantage of setting... up meetings with my supervisors and they were very helpful. The managers are open to helping you with anything and are very understanding if you need to take time off for personal reasons, but again, you get out of the relationship with them what you put in. I felt like they really cared about me and valued the work I did. I was promoted during my internship from "editorial intern" to "junior lead editor" and was offered some paid contract work after the duration of my internship.

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    Cons

    There are very few opportunities for paid work with The Borgen Project and this internship should not be taken thinking it will lead to a job offer. Unpaid, but any nonprofit internship would be the same.

    The Borgen Project2017-08-30
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    "Great organization"

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    Former Intern - Editorial Intern in Seattle, WA
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    I worked at The Borgen Project

    Pros

    Structured internship program with lots of areas for learning/growth. You definitely learn a lot as an intern, whichever area you intern in. I was in high school when I interned with the Borgen Project. I certainly wouldn't say that they accept just anybody though. And by saying that you're making this internship look bad on the resume of anybody who has completed it. They only accept around 12% of interns. I... don't know about the other positions but they look at your resume, then have you do a test in 48 hours (for writing interns you have to write a 500 word researched and cited article) and then you have a 30 min interview where they ask standard interview questions that gauge your interest in the Borgen Project and if you'd be a good fit.

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    Cons

    Fundraising, like mentioned here, is absolutely ridiculous (see below). Things like posting on social media or Reddit...seriously? This is a professional internship? I don't think any reputable organizations would have interns posting and marketing this organization on their personal social media. That might be an optional thing interns do if they're excited...but as a necessity to complete the internship?! The... focus should be on the actual internship title. I.e. for writing interns, you should actually give them tips on how to improve their writing by leaving comments on a Google Document. Also the instructions are sometimes unclear. Maybe they would be clearer if there weren't so many unnecessary tasks!

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    Advice to Management

    Please take away the fundraising portion of this internship! This is exploitation. I have worked with almost one dozen nonprofits as an editorial assistant, administrative assistant, or a board member, and never have I worked with an organization that forces interns to raise money! Not everybody has access to that sort of financial support in their community. It's unfair to push that onto your interns, who are... already college students and struggling to support themselves. I know some of them had to take money out of pocket in order to fulfill the fundraising requirement. Would you really want to have your interns who are putting in their time into your organization having to give up their own spendings for your organization? Keep in mind that it's your INTERNS who are doing work that you should be paying full-time employees to do! Your organization would certainly not be successful without interns. It's a noble cause but not everybody has that capacity.

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