My Week: Saskia Enthoven brightens seminars and talks policy

The intern at the Barrow Cadbury Trust recounts her week

Saskia Enthoven
Saskia Enthoven

MONDAY - I'm now three and a half months into my policy and programmes internship. Not only am I paid the London Living Wage, but I'm managing my own projects. I do still make the tea, but so does the chief executive. Today's priority is organising round-table consultations for the trust's strategic review.

TUESDAY - I'm off to a Trade Union Congress seminar about women's work and benefits. I cycle there - it's the best way to travel in London, even if I do turn up to most events looking slightly dishevelled. My bright clothing also leaves me looking a bit out of place in a room full of grey suits. A major theme of the seminar is how the universal credit welfare scheme could cause a 'purse to wallet' transfer, with more money going to men than to women. I don't think I'm a policy wonk yet, but I'm heading in the right direction.

WEDNESDAY - I'm working on a briefing paper for colleagues and trustees at the political conferences. It looks at the various parties' policy positions on migration, as well as recent changes to immigration law and legal aid. I'm concerned that people who, like myself, earn less than £18,600, will no longer be allowed to sponsor a partner's settlement in the UK. I hope this issue gets a decent hearing.

THURSDAY - I attend a meeting with Kalayaan, one of the charities we award a grant to. It stands up for the rights of migrant domestic workers and provides support to those who suffer from exploitation. It's an inspiring organisation working in a challenging time. I find it both frustrating and desperately sad to realise that many migrant domestic workers are unaware of the rights they have.

FRIDAY - After internal meetings, I head back home to Dalston, east London, for the weekend. I look forward to the time when I've got a permanent job and don't have to spend so much time searching for work and writing applications. For now, though, I'm only too aware how lucky I am to be 24 years old and in paid employment.

Barrow Cadbury Trust is a charitable foundation that supports vulnerable and marginalised people

Saskia Enthoven is an intern at the Barrow Cadbury Trust

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