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That intern: The change-the-world 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.

(Today's intern was suggested by my good friend Kevin Cleary, a grad student in Arizona.)

It's day number two of the internship, and the change-the-world intern walks into the boss's office with a memo titled: "Problems with your organization and how to fix them."

Without even a bachelor's degree, that intern has all of the answers to all of the world's problems -- and if just given the opportunity, that intern could reorganize this place, plus stop animal cruelty, solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fix all of the public school systems in the country and end world hunger.

That intern has a big heart, tons of energy and lots of bright-eyed optimism -- but is lacking a little bit of context and common sense.

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


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By Jenna Johnson  |  July 16, 2010; 11:33 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: That Intern  
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