How do/did you handle being "the intern"?Subscribe
Before I start I want to say 2 things. First my team does like me, I know this for a fact, they like the work I do and like going out for drinks after work. Second is I have been around "chirping" before, I've grown up playing hockey, so I have been around locker room talk all my life.
This post is essentially asking how did/do you handle being looked down on all the time, made fun of for just being an intern, and basically just treated as a second class citizen in the workforce while you were/are an intern?
This question stems from my experience working with my team for 2 and a half months. Everyday I hear the classic intern jokes, whenever I make a little mistake it's cause I'm a stupid intern, or just chirped for absolutely no reason. I'm fine with this, obviously it's a little frustrating when you are doing good work but 99% of the time all you get is the shit end of the stick and 1% of the time management makes you will useful.
To give you a sense of what I'm referring to, I have given two experiences from yesterday alone outlining what it's like at work.
The first was something very little, but it bothered me quite a bit. Basically what happened was a co-worker unpacked a box and was breaking it down to throw out. My manager from across the room came over and asked her what the hell she was doing, jobs like this are meant for the stupid intern. My co-worker breaking the box said she did not mind doing it, but my manager insisted to grab the box from her and place it on my desk so that I can do what I was hired to do.
The second thing was a little more serious. A few colleagues went out for drinks, including my director. The night started as usual, chirps here and there, but took a turn when my director was about 12 drinks deep. At this point he got physical with me, started by throwing food at me in front of all my colleagues because I'm an intern, literally no other reason, even my colleagues tried to talk some sense into him. He continued to physically push me shake me, he almost ripped my dress shirt, until a co-worker told him enough is enough. While all this physical shit is going on, he continues to chirp me on the usual stuff he always does. At this point I had enough, and told my coworkers I was meeting friends at other bar and left.
On Monday I'm left with two options. The first is to continue to do my work put my head down and tell myself there's only a month and a half left. This will do me good because I will leave with good connections, good reviews and all will be fine, besides the fact I will be taking the intern shit for another month and a half. The second choice is to stand up for myself and basically tell my managers, and director whenever they chirp me to go fuck themselves. They will quickly realize I'm not fucking around and will probably dislike me as a co-worker, as they can't push me around like they use to, resulting in a bad review and not so good connections in the future. But maybe I would be treated as a human being, and I wouldn't mind that.
What do you guys think?