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The Borgen Project Editor's Internship
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Haley Blazer

Major: English
Minor: French
Hometown: Lancaster, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found this internship through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network. After you create a profile, you can browse hundreds of internships based on location, type of internship, etc. A very useful resource!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Working for the Borgen Project through the Editor’s Internship was a mentally engaging way to improve my editing skills and better inform me about the issues surrounding global poverty. Each week I edited about fifty blog-length articles for the Borgen Project’s blog, checking for grammar mistakes and correcting any formatting issues in a two-round editing process. The Editor’s Internship is a web-based, telecommuting internship, which allowed me to make and follow my own schedule. On the first Monday of each month, the Borgen Project holds a mandatory conference call, featuring guest speakers, updates about the Organization and a word from Clint Borgen, the Borgen Project’s founder. Over all, my experience has improved my knowledge of many issues surrounding global poverty and its possible, effective solutions.

How did this experience impact you academically?

The Editor’s internship for the Borgen Project required me to edit upwards from fifty articles per week. As an English major, the skills I gained from my internship will be quite useful in my coming academic year! Over the course of the summer, I watched my editing abilities improve in terms of both speed and efficiency. I got better at spotting both common grammar mistakes and subtler, less frequently-used errors. An article that, at the beginning of the summer might have taken me twenty minutes to edit, took little more than ten minutes to edit a few months in to my internship. As one of my favorite professors once said, good writing means good editing. After my Editor’s internship, I anticipate a positive impact on my own writing!

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Writing, travelling, and working in publishing are each something I consider a personal career goal. Accordingly, my internship with the Borgen project was a great way to unite all three. I got better at editing and was exposed to many different writers and non-fiction, journalistic writing styles. I also gained experience with new online blog platforms, notably Wordpress. Part of my editing duties included checking the HTML formats of the articles published on the blog. These were new skills for me and I believe they might come in handy down the road if I should decide to publish a blog of my own! The Borgen Project’s focus on international issues also helped contribute to my own awareness and understanding of the world outside of the United States.

After my Editor’s internship, I anticipate a positive impact on my own writing!

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this internship to anyone looking for a flexible way to get computer-based editorial experience. Also, it doesn't hurt if you're interested in global issues because you learn a lot more than just editing skills!

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