That intern: The kickball 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 received lots of help writing today's intern from Rachel S. Fauber, who interned in Washington last year.)
All of a sudden, one of the interns knows half of the office full-timers and is BFF's with all of the VP's. That's because that intern was invited to be on the company kickball team (or softball team or dodge ball team or wiffle ball team or bocce ball team). You didn't even know such a team existed.
As soon as the kickball intern joins, the office team starts winning -- and that intern is treated like a minor celebrity. As the summer wears on, all of the other interns are convinced that intern was only hired on because of athletic ability -- and, therefore, might have the best shot at being hired.
That intern snickers with co-workers about cheers they wrote on the top-secret kickball e-mail listserv. Every Wednesday, the kickball team members and their star intern wear their jerseys to the office, go out for a 90-minute lunch to discuss strategy and leave work early to pre-game at the bar.
The other interns are invited to attend the games and watch, but politely decline in favor of gathering at a bar to complain about how jealous they are of the kickball intern.
Want to help me stereotype over-worked, under-appreciated, misunderstood interns? Shoot me an e-mail.
July 22, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
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