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That intern: The vacation 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.

On Friday the vacation intern walks into the intern supervisor's office: "That memo is completed and in your box ... Just started that research project ... Oh, and by the way, starting Monday I am going to be out of town for three weeks ... "

The vacation intern assumes that a three-month summer internship comes with all of the perks of a full-time job, including several weeks of vacation leave. And traveling to a student newspaper conference or a student government retreat at someone's parent's lake house should be considered business travel.

When the intern supervisor protests this sudden announcement of vacation leave, the intern gets defensive: This backpacking trip through Europe has been in the works since spring break! This is my last chance to stay in my parent's French chateau before the fall semester begins! I really need a trip to Jamaica to de-stress from this internship!

After the vacation intern returns from the grand adventure -- which is documented in detail in elaborate Facebook photo galleries -- that intern wonders why everyone is suddenly so hostile. Maybe they need a vacation.

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

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By Jenna Johnson  |  July 1, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: That Intern  
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