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Let’s definitely not extrapolate from personal (and privileged) experience…


Not feeling so great tonight at the thought that a) on the one hand someone told me I could potentially get paid £900 for this piece that I am supposed to be writing, a piece that I’ve basically (it seems incredibly clear) I’ve been angling basically my adult life to get, and I got excited, as believe you me the £900 would come in some serious handy…


b) The girl from downstairs, a first-year undergraduate at the university at which I teach, came up last night whilst I was out to ask my girlfriend if she could use out washing machine. Thing is, she had a job interview today and needed to wash some clothes for it. Out of politeness, said girlfriend said yes and then asked her what the interview was for. “Oh, Goldman Sachs. An internship!” Right. “It pays £10,000 a month – it’s a month’s work. I really need this! Thank so you much etc etc etc.”

Look. I’m fine. I live beyond my means and seriously shouldn’t complain and  etc. But still… Jesus fucking christ does that stick in the craw amidst bank machine balance checking and aggressive notes from landlords and all the rest. Hard to imagine, in the end, that the value added that she adds to the world is etc.

Wonder if she got the job.

Strong sense tonight that it’s time to FSU. And  etc.

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March 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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  1. Well, apparently we have peri peri mayonnaise. So it’ll be alright – so I am told.


    March 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  2. Ack. Some slight consolation in the fact that any system that pays $10,000 to an undergraduate for a month’s internship is clearly in a steep decline. …Right?


    March 22, 2012 at 1:58 am

    • Good question / wishful thinking!


      March 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  3. is it too late for me to intern at Goldman Sachs? One month work would sort me for the entire year?

    • Given than the said first year undergrad lives by herself in a flat more expensive than the one I’m basically failing to afford with my lecturer’s salary, my sense is that there’s a fair bit of family hookup involved there James. Sorry, bro – don’t think the internship is for you.


      March 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  4. the moral of this story is ‘don’t believe ultra-rich students’. That kind of money is not paid to interns no matter what company they’re at


    March 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

  5. “At Goldman Sachs, for example, a first-year analyst’s salary of $70000 translates to a summer intern’s pay of about $15000 for 10 weeks of work” (Dealbook, July 2011).

    More like £4k/$6k a month.

    April 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

  6. Ok, I’m sure the name thing used to be at the top of the compose box, not the email. What’s with these templates?


    April 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

  7. I have no idea about the template. And I’m just reporting what was said to me / mine. Haven’t bothered to fact check. It’s quite possible that she’s so ridiculously posh, that she doesn’t understand the difference between £6 K and £ 10 K. Or her dad is a big enough fish that they’ve worked out something special for her – she is an undergrad living in an approximately £2600 / mo flat after all.


    April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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