Intern asks for 2 weeks of vacation time?

Hi all,

This past month a fellow summer analyst asked me if I thought management would mind if he took a 2 week vacation to visit his girl friend in Italy. Let me remind you that this is a 10-12 week internship... This guy has always been sort of an odd ball, but this was plain shocking.

I told him (we'll call him Romeo for the sake of the story) that he should weigh his options. How important is this female friend to you Romeo? Is she more important than your career right now? At this point I'm about as puzzled as a dog with a water hose, but the story must continue.

Then came the most insane part of the story. Romeo met this "girl" on a dating website and they've been chatting for a few months... and he believed she was the "one". I let out a little laugh and Romeo barged out of our office and right before he left, he shouted "I'm just going to go for it". Soon after, I see Romeo knocking on upper management door while the rest of us interns huddled around watching.

Long story short, that was the last time I saw Romeo. Did Romeo ever find his love? Is he still in Italy? I guess we'll never find out.

Comments (42)

Jul 26, 2018

How did Romeo meet this girl? Does he pay for a tinder account and swipe in different cities in Italy - def sounds like that sort of kid...

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Jul 26, 2018

Hey - less competition for you when it comes to getting that FT offer am i right? But if this is legitimately true, how did the story end for Romeo?

Jul 26, 2018

I wish I knew. I was never very close with Romeo so I was caught off guard with the situation in the first place.

Jul 26, 2018

My best explanation is that this is normal in his Italian culture, if this was a US intern that's another issue here

Jul 26, 2018

One of you guys should try to make an account so he thinks it is her and ask him to send money.

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Jul 26, 2018

quick delete this comment lmao genius

Jul 26, 2018

No return offer for him.

Reality is many kids don't understand you can't just take 2 weeks off.Maybe someone should explain shit to him. Either way, kid sounds like a bad fit.

Jul 26, 2018

Who has the money to go to Italy for a girl you haven't met.

Jul 26, 2018

Apparently Romeo

Aug 5, 2018
BermudaLovesBusiness:

Who has the money to go to Italy for a girl you haven't met.

Probably someone that doesn't meet many girls.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 3, 2018

Pretty sure most kids understand you can't just take 2 weeks off.

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Aug 3, 2018

Yeah. I'm not even in IB and I've been stressing about asking for 3 days off around Christmas time for a family trip... the balls (or ignorance) to be an intern and ask for 2 weeks...

Aug 10, 2018

Little tidbits like this continually reaffirm my decision not to go into banking/finance. I'm in MC and my office just shuts down the week of Christmas. No PTO, no anxiety about spending negligible amounts of time with family.. sheesh. Hope it works out for you, dude(tte).

Jul 26, 2018

No offer, easy.

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Jul 26, 2018

d

Aug 3, 2018

Couldn't repair this guy's career with Flextape... that's a lotta damage.

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Jul 26, 2018

Pussy is a hell of a drug

Greed is Good

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Aug 3, 2018

It's not when you have plates in rotation.

Work hard, work clean, & most of all do not give up.

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Aug 3, 2018
GoldmanGekko:

Pussy is a hell of a drug

Even at thousands of miles away.

Aug 10, 2018

MGTOW red pills are the antidote

Jul 26, 2018

"Asking for a friend"

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

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Jul 26, 2018

It's #InternSZN

Jul 26, 2018

Totally insane.
"So you said you are an investment banker?"
"Well, I was for a few weeks.."
"Oh now what do you do?"
"Well... nothing I guess."
"............"

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Aug 3, 2018

There is a very high concentration of hot chicks in Italy. You are lucky.

Aug 3, 2018

Ahahaha what a story!

Aug 3, 2018

I gotta go see about a girl

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Aug 3, 2018

Complete insanity. I'm wrapping up managing/mentoring a cohort at a BB. Two asked for time off - 1 for 2 days and another for 4 days. Both had serious reasons (death and illness in the family). They had to go through a massive list of approvals and verifications for these handful of days. I can't imagine what would happen when someone asks for 2 weeks, especially for a stupid reason. Most likely would be dropped from the program.

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Aug 3, 2018

He's going to get a lot more than two weeks off.

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Aug 5, 2018

Some of the interns at my m&a group also asked for holidays arguing is summer and is slow in August at the desk. They've got a point tbh but I did not ask for any. They were granted them, maybe i am the fool in the area xd

Aug 5, 2018

You're all wrong here.

This guy is off slaying mad hot Italian pussy and you're all a bunch of losers sat at your desk without the energy to even crack a boner at the end of the night.

Game over.

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Aug 6, 2018

The plot twist here is if this "online" girlfriend of Romeo happens to be some 40+ year old dude.

Pwned.

No pain no game.

Aug 6, 2018

Not if he's into that

Aug 6, 2018

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 10, 2018

It would be interesting to know who's idea this is - his or his girlfriend's. If his girlfriend is trying to push this trip during his internship, she may be shit testing him to see if he'd prioritize her over his career.

Aug 16, 2018

tell him to take a weekend to see her at the end of the internship. Give him a couple of days off. Enough for a conjugal visit.
But certainly in a 10 week internship can't take 2 weeks off.
Bitch please.

Aug 16, 2018

perhaps just laugh continuously. Don't stop until he leaves. Keep laughing hysterically. He'll get the message.

Aug 22, 2018

How Romeo met your mother

Aug 22, 2018

This example is where the line gets drawn at a lot of corporate/banking jobs. Not only does one to be able to do/comprehend the work, but they also need to know how to act. It's a different mindset than some people are use to.

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