Scene: Office space in Portland. Desks are scattered around with Co-Workers in business casual attire at their computers. Center stage is a young 20-something intern sitting at her desk.
Intern is typing contently at her desk.
She stops typing and looks confused as she clicks the email on her desktop.
Intern: Oh no
The Intern’s confusion turns to horror. She reads the email out-loud.
Intern: “…not only did you spell a word wrong in the subject line, you addressed it to the wrong person…”
She hyperventilates – The scene grows darker as the computer screens cast a sinister light on the Co-Workers’ faces.
Intern: I messed up! My one chance is over!
She looks wildly about as the Co-Workers stare at her.
Intern: And now I’m freaking out! I just broke another intern rule! Interns are always suppose to be composed, but now I’ll seem entitled if I don’t show enough concern!
Co-Workers start chanting softly
Intern: I took initiative; I didn’t want to bother anyone! Isn’t that what interns are suppose to do?! I’ll never get a good recommendation now. Argh! I’m being presumptuous again.
Co-Workers circle intern and continue chanting. Lights start to flash.
Scene goes black.
Scene 3, Act 1
Scene: 15 years later, outside of previous Portland office. Intern is dressed in rags and sits on the street as the Co-Workers walk into the building.
Intern: Job? Job? Spare a Job?
Co-workers ignore the intern and continue to walk by.
Intern: Oh why did I make that mistake?!
Scene falls to black.
Ok, maybe that is a slight dramatization. I made a mistake, but my life didn’t end (even though it felt like it did). We read so many articles about what to do and what not to do as an intern, that paranoia hides around every cubicle. To be clear, the advice we receive is very valuable. Yet, as an intern, it can be easy to, uh, lose touch with reality.
As my coffe mug says: “Keep Calm and Carry On.”