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That intern: The networking intern

Jenna Johnson

Every intern class has so many different personalities it is like 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 intern was suggested by Philip Rucker, a national reporter here at The Post.

For some reason, the networking intern thinks that internship success (and, more importantly, life success in the great city of Washington) is based on a stack of business cards. Granted, this is a city that runs on networking, but that intern somehow finds a way to turn it into an extreme sport. At every happy hour, that intern is constantly saying, "Do you have a card?" or "Here's my card ... " or just "Card?" That intern deals out stacks of business cards -- more than anyone else in the office, including people who actually are a big deal. If the office doesn't provide cards, that intern has some printed up -- the best investment of the summer. Each evening ends with rounds of Facebook friending, Linked In inviting and follow-up e-mail sending. The card-collecting, network-building scheme continues until August, at which point the thousands of innocent people who absentmindedly handed over their card to shut up some annoying, know-it-all intern will receive a barrage of emails from the networking intern -- who now wants a job.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  June 3, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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As the author of "Turn Your Business Card Into Business" all I can say is, you are writing about this Intern and if you need to get a hold of someone I'll bet there is a good chance this Intern has his or her number and/or email. Chances are slim you are going to be noticed because you act like everyone else. I don't recommend people be obnoxious to the point of being disliked but I say Bravo and take a lesson.

Posted by: Chi106 | June 3, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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