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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/17/2011

#THATintern: The reply-all intern

Maybe it was a mistake. Or maybe that intern really did want to let every single person in the department (or, worse, company) know about raging plans for that night, or how that newly announced hire has a funny name, or how — yeah! — we should go get those leftover doughnuts from the conference room.

As hundreds of people roll their eyes (and forward the e-mail to a snarky blog), the reply-all intern crawls under the nearest desk and debates transferring to a college in a country where English is not the primary language and Internet access is limited.

However, a true “that intern” has the confidence to send another e-mail, alerting everyone that the first e-mail was unintended. Or clarifying that underaged drinking really will not occur at that night’s gathering. But everyone is still invited! It’s going to be awesome!

(Today’s intern was inspired by a Dealbreaker posting about an intern in New York City who reportedly blasted colleagues with information about a party that’s “going to get wild.” In the first e-mail, the unnamed intern allegedly says the bar is lax on carding “so if you have a fake you will be fine.” In a second e-mail, the intern clarifies that “underage activity is illegal.” In a third e-mail — yes, third — the intern adds that the lounge is “not a pushover bar.”)

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.

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