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That intern: The slacker

Jenna Johnson

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.

(Written with help from Erin Williams, an editorial aide here at the Post.)

The slacker intern started the internship with the best of intentions -- but then quickly realized the work was too boring, too difficult or simply beneath that intern's intelligence. After one week of working as diligently as the other interns, that intern coasts in one Monday morning with the attitude, "I don't care. I am the slacker intern."

The slacker intern rolls into the office... whenever. The slacker intern is the last to volunteer for tasks and the first to complain when assigned a task.

The slacker intern takes long, long lunches -- so long that the other interns wonder what that intern does during lunch: Maybe he or she goes home and takes a nap? Maybe that intern is working another internship in the middle of this one? Maybe that intern is having a lunch-hour affair?

When in the office, the slacker intern only really does one of three things: Read Facebook. GChat friends. Avoid working. As soon as the clock hits 5 p.m., he or she disappears -- so as not to be late to happy hour, where that intern brags about this sweet internship in so-and-so's office and how great that's going to look on a resume.

Want to help me stereotype over-worked, under-appreciated, misunderstood interns? Shoot me an email.

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By Jenna Johnson and Erin Williams  |  June 11, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: That Intern  
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Yea, and for what they do bother with, they aren't paid anything for it... How about you do a piece on how companies lie to interns & to their schools. There would be more truth and meat to that story. However since you don't want to offend the citizen-corporation too much, well we all know that story won't get written will it?

Posted by: Nymous | June 11, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

There's a lot more to being an intern than just doing other people's work for them.

But everyone who is dumping their work on interns during the summer is dumping their work on interns during the summer so that they themselves can be "that intern."

With a few interns doing their work for them, they are the ones who can come in late, take long lunches, goof off all day, and leave work early. No wonder an intern who deprives the regular staff of their summer vacation by enjoying the summer themselves is unwelcomed.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 12, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Nymous, you sound like another bitter loser of a failure who spends all day blaming the world for your shortcomings.

Posted by: bendan2000 | June 12, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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