Archive for May, 2009

Independent: Is the Government’s internship scheme too little, too late?

As she packs up a glamorous evening dress from one of Madonna’s favourite designers to send off as a celebrity sample, Pamela Ngomba can hardly believe her good fortune. After four months of seeking in vain for a work-experience placement, the history graduate has landed a temporary post as the assistant to the press officer of Issa, the fashion label of the Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel.

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Interns Anonymous in the Independent


Last week we wrote this letter to the Independent.

Indie: 49 per cent of firms say they will not hire students finishing courses this year

Almost half of British firms have no plans to hire any of the hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults who will join the jobs market in the next three months.

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Second thoughts

Last week I was agonizing over whether or not I had the courage/audacity/right/energy (depending on which side of the desk you’re sitting on) to voice my concerns about my internship at the think tank.  But after bumping into another intern at a conference and comparing notes it became evident that my particular department had a high admin level and I was bearing the brunt of it: While he’d been in the British Library researching minimum wages I’d been counting magazines in a dusty stockroom.

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Campaign for minimum wage keeps moving

The Low Pay Commission mention “work experience” in their annual report on the operation of the Minimum Wage, published today:

“4.80   We again received evidence on this topic this year from a number of stakeholders.

The National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) stated that employers in the media industry continue to exploit students through unpaid work experience, and it believed there was some inconsistency and confusion with the existing guidance and advice by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). It was concerned that unpaid work experience could lead to the exclusion of less wealthy students and reported little policing of the minimum wage as it applied to this group.

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Who wants to work for an MP?

Given the daily revelations about MP expenses is now the time to be anywhere near an MP’s office?

There are numerous internships out there that involve hard work and few guaranteed rewards- and they don’t come much harder than interning for an MP, especially if you end up working for a corrupt tax evader who claims expenses on pampers.  

Disregarding the moral questions raised by the various expenses scandals out there at the moment-interns within Westminster or constituency offices must be thinking, is this really where I want to be? 

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