Internships: The rich and well connected - A Case Study of Euan Blair

Subject: Euan Anthony Blair

Profile: The son and heir of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair

Future big shot

Future big shot

To quote Wikipedia:

“He is known principally for being found inebriated in Leicester Square as a teenager, having a flat purchased by his mother for use while a student at Bristol University and having his appendix removed.”

After graduating with an unspectacular 2:1 in Ancient History from Bristol in 2005, the typical graduate life of struggle and drudgery did not befall Euan. The money and connections kicked in.

In 2005, he spend two months interning at a French radio station owned by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault – a sometime private guest of the Prime Minister at his country house, Chequers.

A year later he landed another internship working for Republican politicians in Washington DC.

“The former Prime Minister’s son spent his time making photocopies and helping to set up hearings for the committee – ‘just general intern-type duties’, according to a spokesman.”

I am sure having the surname ‘Blair’ was no help at all. After another few weeks interning for Democrats, Euan left to pursue an MA… but not just any MA, an MA at Yale with a scholarship of £50,000.

This came as some surprise to other Yale students, who had no recollection of such a grant being made to a postgraduate before, particularly one with an unspectacular 2: 1 in ancient history. Maybe it was the internships that swayed it?

And now what for our well connected friend? He is about to begin a 30grand graduate traineeship with Morgan Stanley, where his father’s former right-hand man, Jonathan Powell, is a top executive.

6 Responses to “Internships: The rich and well connected - A Case Study of Euan Blair”

  1. 1 james rcs 07/30/2009 at 12:01 pm

    slimey knobhead

  2. 2 toby mathews 07/30/2009 at 12:03 pm

    i think thats a little harsh james.

    as sad as it is, getting ahead is all about who you know. its always been the case, and no-matter how many loans alan milburn gives out to poor graduates it wont stop people like euan blair getting ahead one bit.

  3. 3 nolongerarisobitch 08/01/2009 at 4:35 pm

    Not that I don’t agree with the general point of this blogpost, but what’s with the unnecessary jabs at a 2.1 degree in Ancient History from Bristol? It’s not like he’s Prince Harry with an Eton education and two A-Levels.

    And who cares if the poor bloke got drunk once ffs.

  4. 4 Alex 08/01/2009 at 5:08 pm

    After getting an unspectacular 2:1 in history myself (from Manchester not Bristol), and trying twice to get funding for an MA, I can tell you how suprising it is to end up with 50grand from a top american uni.

    I put hours and hours of research into my research proposals, tailored perfectly to the course - and were both times denied because of my grades.

    The point stands that each year there will be hundreds of 2:1 graduates from good uni’s. Only Euan blair got given the cash. the dots are pretty simple to connect.

  5. 5 Siobhan 06/02/2011 at 1:28 pm

    I think this article is a littl eunfair to Euan Blair. First of all ‘only a 2:1′? I know it was to put in perspective a place at Yale but it’s a little insulting to everyone who gets a 2:1 (the vast majority of graduates, including myself). Secondly, it’s not Euan Blairs fault that he had opportunities that he took advantage off, it’s the people who provide these opportunites that are at fault - the radio station owner who didn’t advertise for an intern, the Democrats who didn’t advertise, Yale providing a scholarship to someone who doesn’t appear to have needed/deserved it. This is where the criticism should be directed. If you want the issue of interns to be taken seriously perhaps less bitter sounding articles and more informed debate is the way to do it.

    • 6 internsanonymous 06/02/2011 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Siobhan, a 2:1 is a great degree to get, that doesn’t mean that you would get into Yale. I’ve really got nothing against Euan Blair. I think we were just trying to make a point about nepotism. For informed debate please see our
      - detailed submissions to the low pay commission
      - recent document sent to BIS regarding the improving of guidance to employers taking on interns

      If you would like to write us an article please do- we’re always running out of spare time so any help is welcome!

      Rosy IA x

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