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That intern: The over-caffeinated 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.

(The idea for today's intern is from Rachel Benedict, an advertising intern here at the Post.)

The over-caffeinated intern walks into the office every single morning with a venti coffee that's already half gone (keep in mind, the coffee shop is only two blocks from the office). It's just the first of many, many cups of caffeine that intern will chug down that day.

That intern is addicted to caffeine -- Must. Have. It. Every. Hour. Or. Will. Go. Into. Withdrawal. And it doesn't have to be fancy-schmancy coffee shop joe. That intern will chug down just about anything that promises an energy boost including super strong black tea, iced coffee, espresso, Red Bull, Monster, Mountain Dew, Diet Coke, Vault and that super gross coffee in the break room. Sometimes that intern mixes two or three caffeine sources together (like espresso, Red Bull and Mountain Dew) for an extra powerful brew to wash down a NoDoz tablet.

Needless to say, that intern is hyper. Super hyper. Super, crazy hyper. That intern has enough energy to run deliveries all over the Hill AND! go up the stairs two-at-a-time AND! do jumping jacks just for fun in the meeting room AND! talk louder than is necessary AND! do everyone else's work for them.

Allegedly someone once caught that intern snorting a packet of instant coffee in the bathroom. It's an unfounded rumor, but everyone is convinced it is true.

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

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all D.C. interns. So, make sure to bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/campus-overload. You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  |  July 21, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships, That Intern  
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