That intern: The Ivy League intern
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.
(I have received tons of requests for this intern. Special thanks to Rachel S. Fauber and Steven Overly for their help writing.)
The Ivy League intern enjoys being overly modest about attending an elite institution. On the first day another intern from a lesser institution innocently asks: "Where do you go to school?" The Ivy intern replies something along the lines of: "Oh, a school in Massachusetts." That forces the other intern to ask an awkward follow-up question -- "What school in Massachusetts?" Finally the more elite of the two interns offers up "Harvard." (Or insert another state and "Yale" or "Princeton" or any other Ivy.)
During this entire conversation, the Ivy intern is wearing Brown cuff links or a crimson tie spotted with H's. Seconds later that intern hands out a self-produced business card with the name of the college in all caps. Yeah, really modest.
From that point, that intern seems determined to prove to fellow interns that Ivies are no different than their public school brethren -- and in the process comes across as completely patronizing. Meanwhile, the non-Ivy interns spend most of the summer jealously listing off reasons why their schools are clearly superior, occasionally bending the truth ever so slightly.
Want to help me stereotype over-worked, under-appreciated, misunderstood interns? Shoot me an e-mail.
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