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Intern Insider: Mastering the office mixer

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Crowds enjoy the rooftop happy hour at El Centro D.F. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

It was fascinating to see a side of people that is not normally revealed within the confines of the office. You learn little gems that would otherwise go unknown. You might find comedians, poets and the next “American Idol” among your co-workers.

A group of younger Post employees organized a recent night-out for karaoke and the interns were invited. Performances commenced with more than a few cringe-worthy participants. A couple of very brave and very impressive co-workers took their turns at the microphone.

A few hours into our outing, we were joined by a high-ranking editor from another U.S. newspaper. He showed up in a nice, crisp suit and tie, looking like he had just come from a business meeting. To be honest, my first thought was, Why would he want to hang out with a bunch of interns?

 Then his name was called for karaoke and everything became clear.

He sang a spectacular rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.” He even did the Jamaican accent. When he finished, the bar erupted into cheers.

Sometimes, the office mixer is a mixed bag.

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