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That intern: The offensive 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.

No matter where you are, no matter who is there, no matter what you are talking about, there is always one intern who knows just what to say to offend everyone. The offensive intern is probably a really nice person -- but a person lacking an internal screening process.

During informal office lunches or happy hour gatherings, that intern immediately goes to the topics that most people try to avoid with co-workers: Religion, politics, personal finances, race, sex, weight or anything that leaves everyone thinking, "Oh, please change the topic," or "Wow, my feelings are hurt."

That intern boasts about telling it like it is and not sugar-coating the truth, even if that means telling the chubby intern not to eat that doughnut or advising the supervisor that she' really too old to wear a skirt that short.

The other interns quickly learned that it would be better for everyone to not invite that intern out with the group. But if that intern ever asks why, no one has the guts to tell the truth.

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

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By Jenna Johnson  |  July 26, 2010; 6:42 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: That Intern  
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