Rep. Louise Slaughter's Call for Campaign Interns

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Color Me Unimpressed

What does Rep. Slaughter offer in return for somebody working for her campaign in this capacity? It's an unpaid internship, so there's no financial incentive. Is there the possibility of a job after the campaign? Of a recommendation? What's the incentive?

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Posted by pennywit on 8 June 2005 - 8:21am
If you need to ask

...then I guess the internship is not for you.

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Posted by media girl on 8 June 2005 - 8:49am
Perhaps not ...

You'll have to pardon me; I have a cynical, jaded view of "internships" that don't come with compensation; often, it tells me that the employer is trying to get something for nothing.

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Posted by pennywit on 8 June 2005 - 9:01am
Mutually advantageous

Back in the day, I did some unpaid internships, mostly when I was in school. I learned a lot, gained valuable experience, and didn't have to pay tuition.

Over the years since, on occasion I or my company "hired" interns. They were usually short-term stints. Again, it was a way for us to get some thing done, while giving some n00bs a peek at the real world.

I'm not a DC media girl, so I'm only speculating based on West Wing episodes, but I would imagine the right internship in a political campaign could open many doors in the Washington politocracy. When you're young, the world is your oyster.

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Posted by media girl on 8 June 2005 - 9:24am
True enough ...

I suppose it could open doors. On the flip side, I'm somewhat proud of the fact that my internships, held in undergraduate and in law school, were all paid internships. While I'm sure that I'm guilty of the same thing, I've often looked askance at people who want something for nothing, or for a nominal fee.

Case in point: In once solicited freelance editing work from a publisher. The publisher said I would have to edit a sample before I could become part of their stable of regular freelancers. Fair enough. But the "sample" turned out to be a 70,000-word book. And, the guy said, the pay was fifty bucks.

I sent the guy a query about the pay rate, and got a take-it-or-leave-it response, which merited an "up yours" e-mail from me. Not my most professional moment, I'll admit, but I was certainly incensed about it.

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Posted by pennywit on 8 June 2005 - 9:33am