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[dropcap3]1[/dropcap3]Internship Tracker. This document outlines your weekly assignments and expectations. Download it today and save it to your computer as “your last name.Tracker.” 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.

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Cross out each assignment (example below) as you complete it and email the entire Weekly Tracker document to [email protected] by Friday 11 PM PST of each week.
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[dropcap3]2[/dropcap3]Internship Requirements. Over the course of your internship, you’ll be logging in to ParkTime to keep track of hours. Telecommuting internships are based entirely on performance and meeting weekly targets. Even with hours being logged, not meeting the weekly assignments, is the equivalent of not showing up to work. The following is the minimum required for the successful completion of the internship.

  • Create photos for 300 articles during the course of your 12-week internship. This equals roughly 45-50 articles per week (5-9 can be completed per hour). If there aren’t articles needing photos during your shift, which at certain times of the year there won’t be, then focus on creating visual and image based articles. Each visual/image based article that you create, counts as editing 5 articles. See the Topics Needing Covered tab for ideas.
  • Complete a personal fundraising campaign and raise a minimum of $500.
  • Meet weekly requirements on the Tracker.
  • Attend national conference call the first Monday evening of every month at 5 PM PDT.
  • Contact your 3 congressional offices each week in support of poverty-reduction programs and legislation.
  • Utilize your social media presence to share links related to the cause.
  • Turn in weekly reports on time (Due Friday at 11PM PDT of each week) to [email protected]

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[dropcap3]3[/dropcap3]The Writers’ Guide Book. Read this thoroughly. It contains everything you need to create great Journalistic pieces and wow your editors. With telecommuting roles, we can’t train you in person so it’s important to read the directions closely. The Writers’ Guide Book and training videos are your key to success here!

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[dropcap3]4[/dropcap3] Watch the Assignment Desk Video. The quick video below will give you an overview of the News Team & Assignment Desk Portal that you will use daily. Note: changes have been made to the document since the creation of this video.

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[dropcap3]5[/dropcap3]How to Visual Edit.
This link will teach the steps for editing photos.

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Things to Know

1. The Monthly Conference Call: The national conference call is attended by everyone involved with The Borgen Project and gives the team an opportunity to hear the latest news. What to expect? Just dial in and learn! Register here. First Monday of the month at… 5PM PDT 6PM MDT 7PM CDT 8PM EDT [hr_invisible] 2. Pick a Weekly Schedule: Telecommuting offers tremendous freedom, however without a set schedule, it will be very difficult to complete this internship successfully. It becomes very easy to wait until the end of the week and find yourself speed typing poor-quality articles or missing weekly targets. Either scenario can result in losing your internship. Decide on a schedule and email it to your manager at [email protected] [hr_invisible] 3. News Team & Assignment Desk: This document covers who’s writing what, topics for articles, key research links and it contains lots of helpful info.Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 10.40.07 AM

  • News Team: Everyone involved with the News Team and their roles.
  • (Current Month’s) Articles (AKA Articles Underway): There is a list of the articles the writers are working on under this tab. As you add photos, you will track your progress under the column “Visual Editor, Date.” This will keep everybody up to speed on progress.
  • Visual Editor Topics to Cover: This tab will be a helpful resource for you especially as you get started and when you get stuck!
    [hr_invisible] 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! You should get in the habit of emailing your congressional leaders from here. It is very simple and remembers your information so each week you’ll only have to choose a new piece of legislation and the site will fill in your letter for you. We notice if you don’t email your congressional leaders, so please do.[hr_invisible] 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. You’ll want to hit the $500 minimum raise within the first 6 weeks of your internship.6. Create a Folder: Keep track of The Borgen Project documents that you use. Constantly be searching the web for creative photos to stockpile for articles. Be sure to have a document for keeping track of the links where the photos came from.Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 12.42.32 PM[hr_invisible]
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    Q&A

    Can I fast forward ahead on the weekly targets? Yes. As you finish the current weeks assignments, you are more than welcome to skip 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 pickup where you left off.

     

     

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