This summer's interns have a habit of not working, and not asking for work - but today's incident takes the cake. The intern on back office duty apparently spent several hours watching TV on the couch in the main office (read: not the back office). She eventually went back to her desk, and foolishly I assumed she decided to work. She reappeared 10 minutes before the day was over, burst into the main office and announced, "so I watched an episode of Suits..." I calmly responded, "At work." She replied, "oh don't worry I was reading some articles at the same time." "At work," I repeated, only for her to roll her eyes and finish rehashing the episode. Thank goodness I'm not the intern coordinator, though I wish I were so I could write an award-winning reference for her someday. She's definitely no Mike Ross.
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