Things interns should never say...
The best e-mail was from a supervisor, who said he wants a suck-up intern "and so does everyone else."
What he doesn't want? Any intern who would ever utter one of these sentences:
"In college, nobody wakes up this early."
"Did I forget tell you in July I'm gone for a three-week family trip to Europe?"
"Sorry I'm late. I'm dehydrated and need Motrin... Big night last night!!"
"Where is a happy hour on Wednesday evening?"
"I love day baseball games."
"The weekend starts Thursday night!!"
"Is there food at the function tonight?"
"Is there an open bar?"
"I don't own an iron."
"Why does the computer network block Facebook?"
(There are more! Click to keep reading after the jump.)
"When do I get to write policy?"
"I need something more intellectually challenging."
"What, a Blackberry? No iPhone?"
"Where is my office?"
And the kiss of death: "I work hard, and I party hard." This guarantees only a half truth
Things that interns say that are "music to my ears," the supervisor wrote:
"The office is a little dead at 6 a.m."
"Can I help in any way?"
"Excuse me, where can I find toner for the copier?"
"I can fix that."
"Let me help you with those boxes."
But before we make the suck-up intern look too good, I should mention that I also got an e-mail from Beverly T. Lorig, the longtime career services director at Washington and Lee University.
She told me that that every fall students return to campus and tell her about their internships. Her take on the suck-up intern:
The bottom line: nobody likes the suck-up! The suck-up intern might go undetected early in the summer, but wise supervisors are able to sniff "doesn't get along with others" intern in a matter of time.
Warning: it is a lonely life to be a suck-up . Few managers wants to hire the suck-up intern who often disregards the team in order to be "the favorite" intern.
What do you think?
June 18, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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