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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/03/2011

#THATintern: The networking intern


For some reason, that intern thinks internship success (and, more importantly, life success in the great city of Washington) is based on a stack of business cards.

Granted, this is a city that runs on networking, but that intern somehow finds a way to turn it into an extreme sport. At every happy hour, that intern is constantly saying, “Do you have a card?” or “Here's my card ...” or just “Card?”

That intern deals out stacks of business cards — more than anyone else in the office, including people who actually are a big deal. If the office doesn't provide cards, the networking intern prints thousands of homemade ones, decorated with that intern’s photo and lots of all-caps, bolded words.

Each evening ends with rounds of Facebook friending, LinkedIn inviting, Google+ adding and follow-up e-mailing. The card-collecting, network-building scheme continues until August, at which point the thousands of innocent people who absentmindedly handed over their cards to satisfy some annoying intern from who-knows-where will receive a barrage of e-mails from the networking intern — who now wants a job.

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. And check out our Intern City page, too.

By  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Categories:  D.C. Interns

 
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