Breakdown of your role: We want the offices of your 2 Senators and 1 Representative doing more to address extreme poverty. We’ve learned through the years the methods that work for doing just that and you’ve been hired to implement those methods. This page will start you off on your path to success at The Borgen Project!
Here are some steps to get you started:
1. Internship Tracker:
This document outlines your weekly assignments and expectations. Your manager will have sent you access to the Google Doc to be used throughout the internship.
Begin working on Week 1 assignments today. We recommend that you look through the document and plan your weeks accordingly. Some weeks are more time-intensive than others.
The week’s tasks are to be completed by 5 PM PST each Friday.
As this is a ‘live’ document, there is no need for a copy to be sent to your manager. They will access the document throughout the week to check your progress.
2. Read the Internship Overview: This document outlines the expectations of the internship.
3. Create a Folder: Add a “Borgen Project” folder to your desktop.
Things to Know
Political Internship Program Manager: Amy Ramspoth (Texas)
1. Pick a Weekly Schedule: You can pick your own schedule, but you’ll need to stick to that schedule.
2. Manage Your Time and Be Upfront:
Okay, comically creepy photo of Robert Deniro in Meet the Fockers aside, we’ve got a serious topic that we want you to be proactively ready to address. In the world of telecommuting, there is a common situation that repeats itself over and over again at every company and organization. Telecommuting offers a lot of freedom and some people end up going through the week doing considerably less work than they would have done in an office setting. Shocking, right? But here’s where it gets even worse. When that point in the week comes when they must face the music and report to their manager, even honest people sometimes try to lie their way out of the hole they’ve dug. Don’t ever do this here or anywhere! This instantly makes you look like a slacker for not doing the work and even worse a lying slacker for trying to cover up your tracks. We immediately let people go in these situations. Always be upfront! Manage your time well. Don’t mark anything off your tracker that hasn’t been completed. If you miss a weekly target, complete it the following week.
3. Helpful Links:
- Point Chart. List of things to work on.
- Go-to Assignments. Consult this page, if you’ve completed your core assignment and need something to work on.
4. Congressional Outreach: Everyone volunteering for The Borgen Project participates in basic advocacy and contacts their Congressional leaders weekly. Congressional offices tally how many times they are contacted about each issue, so your emails and calls matter!
If you have any questions or concerns about meetings, or congressional outreach please direct these questions to [email protected]
5. Fundraising: Our funding levels determine our impact levels. It’s that simple. Like weekly calls to Congress, everyone who is part of the team steps up and participates in fundraising. Bookmark the fundraising ideas page and start planning your campaign. The Weekly Tracker will guide you through friends and family letters, but to reach the $500 criteria you’ll want to develop your own strategies as well.
6. Kudos: With team members spread across the globe, our approach to awards is fairly low key. While we’d love to present winners with a giant trophy at a ceremony, we recognize that it would create overhead and the majority of our winners would prefer to see the funding go to helping the poor. Twice per year, Political and Fundraising awardees will be invited to participate in an exclusive roundtable event to share their ideas and feedback. Do take a look at the milestones and let us know when you qualify.
7. Stay informed with The Borgen Project State of the Union. The organization’s monthly updates are published on this page. Every month we highlight the achievements of Borgen Project high achievers across the country and globally. If you go above and beyond the call of duty in your fundraising, lobbying or mobilizing efforts, you too, may be featured!
Can I fast forward ahead on the weekly targets? Yes. As you finish the current week’s assignments, you are more than welcome to work ahead.
Can I miss a week? If needed, you may take one week off during the course of your internship. Notify your supervisor beforehand and make note of it in your Weekly Tracker. Missing a week pauses where you are on the Weekly Tracker, so simply pick up where you left off.