That intern: The know-it-all
Every intern class has so many personalities that they could fill a "Real World" cast. And every class has "That Intern" -- as in, "Don't be that intern." Each day I introduce you to one of those interns.
(Today's "That Intern" was suggested by Megan Pratz, an intern at CBS, and several others. Thanks for your emails!)
The know-it-all intern is not at this internship to learn anything, because the know-it-all intern already knows everything about this line of work. In fact, if it weren't for college, that intern would already be employed at the very top of this field.
So, during intern seminars and brown-bag lunches, that intern asks questions that are not questions, they are simply statements made to let the guest speaker and everyone else in attendance know exactly how smart that intern is.
That intern does not need any assignments, because that intern came in with a list of projects to accomplish this summer. That intern also doesn't need advice -- but is more than willing to dole it out to anyone lucky enough to ask for it.
That intern is the first to answer any question posed, even banal office questions: Anyone know how to fix this paper jam in the printer? The know-it-all intern does! Anyone know what time the game starts tonight? The know-it-all intern does!
And the know-it-all intern is never wrong -- fellow interns are wrong, bosses are wrong, experts are wrong, you are wrong, but that intern is never, ever wrong.
Want to help me stereotype over-worked, under-appreciated, misunderstood interns? Shoot me an e-mail.
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