Although many internships are unpaid, interns reap a number of rewards: real-world experience, industry connections, resume padding, college credits and great stories to tell at the bar. But there’s one intern who adds another, more tangible, benefit to that list: unlimited office supplies.
As the summer winds down, the office supplies intern shows up to work one day with an empty backpack and then disappears into the supply closet to do some back-to-school “shopping.”
Why buy notebooks when there are boxes of them sitting right there? The same goes for pens in an array of colors, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, folders, paperclips, while-you-were-out memo pads and scissors. No one really wants to call that intern out for being a klepto, but at the end of the day, they all hide their staplers (a luxury item that must be specially ordered by the office manager) in a desk drawer.
(Today's intern was suggested last summer by Mark Berman, who works here at the Post and swears he was never this intern.)
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