Political Mobilizing: The Big Picture


  • Objective of Recruiting: Give the world’s poor a political ally in every U.S. Congressional District.
  • Problem: In D.C. meetings, Congressional leaders and staff frequently tell us that they hear from lots of people who are anti-foreign aid, but rarely hear from voters who are in favor the U.S. assisting the world’s poor. Similarly, leaders will often support a bill like the Water for the World Act if as few as 7 people call in support of it.

  • Solution: Make sure every member of Congress is receiving at least 7-calls per week from people in his/her district who are calling in support of poverty-reduction programs.

  • Your role in the solution: Reaching out to as many higher educational institutions within the US – create accounts to post our internship opportunities to and updating existing job postings to the relevant platforms.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Every 4-weeks update all college postings on the “University Wide” document.
  • Check the volunteer and out-of-state internship section of the site to make sure the latest and correct description is posted. Please ensure that the following positions are posted on each university site:
    • Writer/Journalist
    • HR
    • PR/Marketing
    • Political Affairs
    • Regional Director
    • Advocate
    • Nonprofit Leadership

All other positions do not need to be posted.

  • Perform a quality check of our profiles and postings that appear on every site. You are responsible for making sure everything is professional and accurate.



  • Please view this overall training video before getting started.
  • Next, watch this video that shows how to make the postings.



Accessing the Universities to make postings:

Universities use different software systems to engage with employers. Symplicity, CSO and Central College Network are some of the biggest.

Your job will be to update the schools that we have access to on all of the above networks and create accounts and post our opportunities to schools that we are not connected to.


Posting the Positions:

  • Once you have had a look around, gone to a couple of the universities, watched the videos above and seen what is there, then you are good to get started.


Here are the updates that are required when we do have accounts and you need to repost the postings:

  • On this spreadsheet, find the next school that needs updating/the posting has expired – is red.
  • Click on the link to the school’s career site.
  • The username name and password is as follows:

Username: [email protected]
Password: africa55

* PLEASE NOTE that some schools have been set with a different username: [email protected] – details can be found within the spreadsheet. The password details can also be found the spreadsheet. Please be sure to go through the information VERY CAREFULLY!


If you are unable to access the account, please see notes at the bottom of this page.

  • Once you have accessed the school:
    • Check the employer account details are correct, including The Borgen Project phone number and address
    • Check all 7 roles are posted, and if not add the roles that are absent.

NOTE: Postings with long expiry dates have fewer applicants.

Ensure that all positions have the right email address to apply to: [email protected]

  • Change the status of the school to ‘Updated’, adding your name and the date the posting will expire to the spreadsheet.


Details for University Postings:

Job Descriptions are here and here.

Please be sure to add the following wording after the job description: ‘We respond to every applicant within 14 days. Please check your spam folder for our emails and if nothing has been received, please email us at [email protected]

  • Posting Date: Date you are posting
  • Expiration Date: 1 month out
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: Unpaid
  • GPA: Minimum 2.5
  • Class level/Experience level: All
  • Work authorization: Any
  • Graduation Start/End: Any
  • Degree Level: Any
  • Contact Name: List your manager as the contact if an actual name is required–Don’t use Clint as the contact.
  • Organization: The Borgen Project
  • Website: http://borgenproject.org
  • Phone:253-433-7118
  • Email: [email protected] – Use for registering. Resumes should be sent to [email protected]
  • Password: africa55
  • Address: The Borgen Project, 708 Broadway Suite 201, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Organization Description: 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.
  • Industry: Advocacy, Politics, Policy, Non-Profit.
  • Allow online referrals: Students should email their resumes.
  • What to submit with resume: Writers and Journalists need to submit 2 writing samples. Political Team, PR, Nonprofit Leadership and HR positions just need to submit their resumes.


When you have completed all 7 of the postings, please take a screenshot of the job postings and paste this into your tracker. Each week your tracker will be checked for the screenshots. 

Please make sure you can see all 7 positions, their expiry dates, along with the logo/name of the school in the top left-hand corner.


To do this, you will probably need to reduce the size of your webpage before you take the screenshot to include everything.


What if I can’t log into the account? Never request a password reset.

You have to be very careful entering the username and password. If the message displayed says that the account has been disabled, please note this on the spreadsheet, along with your name, and move onto the next school. (Schools change software providers and this maybe the case.)
If however the incorrect username/password message appears, you will not be able to log into this school or any new schools, you will just get the same message, this is where there is a problem with the software provided by Symplicity.  You will be asked to confirm that you are not a robot, be taken through a series of picture tasks and still never access the school.
To solve the problem, close the page, then log back into a Symplicity school that you have already been able to update. Log back out and this will clear the password problem and you will be able to log into the other schools again.
Crazy I know, but that is the only way we have found to work around it!