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That intern: The super-old intern

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.

On the first day of the internship, everybody is quietly asking: "Dude, who brought their parent to orientation?" But, they quickly learn, that's just the super old intern.

While the interns debate which college has the best party scene or which interns are most likely to hook up, the super old intern shows off photos of children and pets (or tries creepily hitting on the super young intern). Nearly every conversation turns into a battle of the generations: iPod vs. Walkman, Lady Gaga vs. Madonna, You Tube vs. VHS, text messaging vs. passing notes, cell phones vs. pay phones.

The super-old intern got to this point because of career change prompted by a lay-off, a mid-life crisis, a belated decision to attend college or a bucket list that includes, "Do an unpaid internship."

The office staff also isn't quite sure what to do with the super-old intern, who in some cases is the oldest person in the office. So, before every planned intern bonding event, like that trust fall during that retreat, someone in a position of power whispers to the super old intern: "You can skip this if you want. We really, really do not want you to break a hip."

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

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By Jenna Johnson  |  June 30, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: That Intern  
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