All of a sudden, one of the interns knows half of the full-timers and is BFF's with many of the bosses. That's because that intern was invited to be on the company softball team (or kickball team or dodge ball team or wiffle ball team or bocce ball team).
You didn't even know such a team existed.
As soon as the softball intern starts work, the office team starts winning and that intern becomes a minor celebrity. All of the other interns are convinced that intern was only hired because of athletic ability — and, therefore, might have the best shot at being hired.
That intern snickers with co-workers about cheers they wrote on the top-secret softball e-mail listserv. Every Wednesday, the softball team members and their star intern wear their jerseys to the office, go out for a 90-minute lunch to discuss strategy and leave work early to pre-game at the bar.
The other interns are invited to attend the games and watch, but politely decline in favor of gathering at a different bar to complain about how jealous they are of that intern.
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