The internship program in the non-profit that I work for is quite unique. Not only are typical DC intern tasks (like mail sorting and coffee) prohibited, but it offers them an opportunity to publish work under their name, and it's paid. My intern decided to finish her first week by casually declaring that that she'll be falling back to a part time schedule. However, she believed that for 10-15 hours a week, full pay should be maintained. I asked if her school had her attending lectures or additional classes. Nope. "I need to make the best of my time in this area. I need to visit New York and check out Ocean City...you don't pay me enough to have a full schedule." Dear Interns: While you may get picked on or feel like you're being looked down upon, remember that your host office still has a necessary purpose for you. Consider how many people you beat out for this opportunity. Remember that your supervisor most likely started as an intern, too.
This blog is dedicated to those DC residents who eagerly await (or completely dread) Intern Season. Essential to the function of offices in DC, interns are willing to complete tasks that are often considered undesirable. For many interns, this blog will not apply. For those interns to whom it does apply, we hope that you use these anecdotes to change your behavior and, eventually, change the stigma attached to DC interns.
*PLEASE NOTE: As with the viral nature of the Internet, many offices are concerned about anonymity and poor reflections upon them - please be assured that no office or individual will ever be singled out. This blog operates under complete anonymity and will never be of a libelous nature; it will never post any identifying information including, but not limited to: place of work or residence, name, or congressional office. We welcome you to submit any absurd intern stories you are bound to acquire. TWITTER EXCEPTION: we assume you give us permission to re-tweet any submissions you send our way via your public Twitter account.
To the interns: please use this blog as a learning tool. Godspeed and best of luck this summer. firstname.lastname@example.org