Name: Michael Jensen
Location: Culver City, CA
Position: Political Affairs Intern
Fundraising Goal: $500
How did you get interested in global issues?
My interest began when I went back to school after a five year hiatus, studying philosophy and religion and Santiago Canyon College. At UCLA, I was exposed to vastly different cultural, political, and religious traditions around the world that challenged my basic conceptions of humanity as a whole.
Looking towards the future, I will hopefully be able to use my experience from my internship to study International Relations at a graduate level, working through real world problems as well as trying to find responses that benefit everyone.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Poverty is a reality created by modern state societies. While ancient societies were forced to confront ecological challenges and limitations, modern societies must realize that institutional complexity and population growth come with their own downsides: hunger, socio economic hierarchy, and global conflict, just to name a few.
The Borgen Project provides a means for me to help address some of these issues by advocating for effective and sustainable institutional change. Together, we can help change US foreign policy and make the world a safer place.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
If I’m not spending my time with my beautiful girlfriend (love you Adriana), you will most likely find me playing the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series, studying French, reading up on interesting foreign affairs topics, or being with family and friends. Of course, I work and also advocate for The Borgen Project.
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