11 Things You'll Instantly Recognise If You've Ever Been An Intern

Including dehumanisation, lunchtime woes, and how you compensate for little to no wages

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In a world where poorly paid or unpaid internships are the only way to get a foothold in many industries, they're a rite of passage many of us have had to suffer.

Yet no matter what kind of office you interned in, there are certain universal experiences we all faced. 

Things like...

1. You bring a lunchbox to work everyday

Not because you're sensible or anything, you're just broke as shit.

Lunchbox

Top tip! A smiley face in your lunchbox helps hide the pain

2. A tedious or difficult task is mentioned in a meeting, and you patiently wait for it to be assigned to you

"This one feels like a job for the intern".

Fuck My Life

3. You may have had a name once, but you shall now be known as 'the intern'

At least when actual, honest-to-God paid workers think you're out of earshot. 

The Intern

4. You slowly come to the realisation that you're glorified slave labour

But you console yourself with the knowledge that it's all valuable experience. Unless you actually realise that this is not the industry you want to be in, in that case this whole thing was a huge waste of your time and effort.

Slave For You

5. When you're not being treated like a dogsbody, you'll be treated like a nuisance 

It ain't easy thinking up tasks for the intern to do, y'know, because...

6. When there's no actual work for you to do they'll give you a ridiculous task

"We're probably low on milk, so you might wanna pick some up."

Super Important

7. Your coffee making skills improve

As does your ability to go to the coffeeshop and buy a bevy of hot bevies. This is, however, a vital learning experience, improving both your memory and carrying skills. 

After all, you can't truly call yourself an intern until you've experienced the cliché.

Lattes

8. You and your fellow interns have a bond forged by hardship

You're all in this together, dammit. To the bitter end.

Thelma Louise

9. You try to balance out the shit pay by loading up on free stuff

Office pizza, eh? Well hello tonight's dinner.

Free Food

10. You think about just walking out that door a lot

You've imagined the scenarios a dozen times, uttering those sweet words... 

Quit

With this exact facial expression

11. As you're about to leave they do show their appreciation for all that hard work though – usually with an incredibly underwhelming gift

Six months solid effort for a novelty mug and a box of chocolates? Worth it.

Fucking Woo

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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Seán Kenehan

Seán is known for eating, drinking and writing, making him uniquely qualified to work for Lovin Dublin. Seán enjoys skipping stones wistfully, puns that'd make a dad blush, and referring to himself in the third person.

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