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    I would agree that ‘getting in’ is pretty tough.

    I did a paid internship straight out of uni and actually got that fairly easily. But from that I struggled to get a paid researcher role as all the positions on W4MP were demanding 1 year of experience which my internship did not provide.

    Two of my MPs team got in via unpaid internships – and this is the supposedly meritocratic Labour Party.

    To be fair I was never one of the supposed obsessives that you talk of. I remember praising some opposition policies like taking the lowest paid of tax and getting funny looks. You've got to be very tribal.

    I also remember a terrible canvassing session on a wet cold dark November night in suburbia that made me think 'I really want to do something else with my life'.

    A little overlooked on here is that there is no job security. Patrick Mercer employed staff. What happened to them? Louise Mensch? David Miliband? There is much to be said for in house public affairs roles that pay better and have far more security attached to them.
    People are extremely tribal - particularly within the 'parties' themselves (Ie. party workers rather than MP's staff). I had a similar experience - got a paid internship and then struggled to get much more because of the level of experiance you need. Unpaid internships were a real cancer at one point.

    I've had similar experiances. The by-election in Glenrothes and a horrible phone canvassing session at Victoria Street where both lows. Real 'why am I doing this' moments. I love campaigning normally but going to and ringing some random place is not fun.

    Agree on the security thing - if your member loses thats it. You jobs gone and, if a scandal is involved, its very hard to get another one.
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    You don't need a degree! Smash the state, man!
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    (Original post by WharfedaleTiger)
    People are extremely tribal - particularly within the 'parties' themselves (Ie. party workers rather than MP's staff). I had a similar experience - got a paid internship and then struggled to get much more because of the level of experiance you need. Unpaid internships were a real cancer at one point.

    I've had similar experiances. The by-election in Glenrothes and a horrible phone canvassing session at Victoria Street where both lows. Real 'why am I doing this' moments. I love campaigning normally but going to and ringing some random place is not fun.

    Agree on the security thing - if your member loses thats it. You jobs gone and, if a scandal is involved, its very hard to get another one.

    I actually didn’t mind the in person canvassing sessions so long as you had enough strength in numbers to cover a decent amount of ground. I was terrible at phone canvassing though. Just hated the abuse you got. In most jobs being called a four letter word beginning with C would not be acceptable. One night it was par for the course.


    Looking back my internship wasn't a particularly positive experience.
    There was a piece on W4MP called ‘Neither here nor there’ that really struck a chord with me.

    http://www.w4mp.org/html/eni/2008q3/...nternships.asp

    Was it just that I had a bad experience or do you empathize with any of this?

    The lack of a Parliamentary Pass caused me difficulties. It was pretty infantilising having to be escorted to a lavatory on one occasion! I was disappointed about how interns couldn’t get onto training courses. It was a bit like joining a really cliquey society at freshers' week.

    I never really felt part of it. It would have been nice to have met other interns.
 
 
 
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