Most interns get their internships through working extremely hard, sending out tons of applications, building connections and, sometimes, hyper-utilizing Twitter. And some interns get their internships because a parent or relative or godfather or best family friend or mom’s college roommate is your boss’s boss’s boss’s boss.
The legacy intern didn’t have to work to get this internship — so why work to keep it? No one corrects or fires or insults or challenges the legacy intern. And if you forget who the legacy intern is, the legacy intern will remind you. Sometimes the reminder is subtle (“Oh, I would love to work a weekend shift but I promised Bob I would go golfing. Have you ever met Bob? He’s a senior vice president.”) and sometimes it’s not subtle at all (“Yeah, well, I could do that, but I don’t want to. And someday I am going to own this place. So, um, make me?”)
And at the end of the internship, the legacy intern always gets a job — even if no one else does.
About #THATintern: Every intern class has “that intern” — as in,“Don’t be that intern.” Each day I introduce you to one of them. Share your ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #THATintern.