The Intern Turns 21: Getting Drunk With Your Superiors

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Weird situation:

I turn 21 (in America) the Monday of the second week of my internship. My 21st birthday will likely come up in conversation, etc... but anyway, should I expect to go out and drink with people in my office or is that not a thing?

I'm clueless and curious. It's a boutique in Chicago.

Sorry if this is too stupid.

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Jun 25, 2015

If you are male, nobody should know when your birthday occurs.

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Jun 25, 2015
DickFuld:

If you are male, nobody should know when your birthday occurs.

+1. The fact that you're anticipating this scenario kind of worries me.

Above comment is void if you are a girl.

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Jun 25, 2015
DickFuld:

If you are male, nobody should know when your birthday occurs.

fucking this. I keep saying.

Jun 25, 2015
DickFuld:

If you are male, nobody should know when your birthday occurs.

Good policy.

Let's just say that's a lesson you learn quickly if you go to a military college.

Jun 26, 2015
DickFuld:

If you are male, nobody should know when your birthday occurs.

Really wish nobody else would've responded to OP and we left it at this.

Yes, I'm a hypocrite.

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Jun 25, 2015

Go to Cere's in the board of trade during lunch and have a few (many) drinks. It is acceptable on your birthday to drink during the day. (Please take this as a joke)

If you are friends with any coworkers, you don't have to make a big deal of your birthday but mention you want to go drink, since you're now (legally) able to.

Jun 25, 2015

Expect to have your cube decorated before you come into work too

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Jun 25, 2015

can't forget the birthday sash

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Jun 25, 2015

bitch i wanna get white girl wasted stfu

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Jun 25, 2015

Just go drink then, and don't ever say white girl wasted. Unless you're a female? Which then as other people pointed out, validates your post... Don't worry about it.

Jun 25, 2015

it was sarcasm; i am male

also, congrats on your recent world series win

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Jun 25, 2015

but yeah i have no idea how the corporate world works

i just figure people drink and shit all the time and i don't want to use a fake at a job

fuck i'm clueless

and scared

Jun 25, 2015

also, does having been torn a new asshole constitute a disability when i apply for jobs?

Jun 25, 2015

Maybe you should go to AA on your birthday

Jun 25, 2015
jbone24:

Maybe you should go to AA on your birthday

Would not recommend.

Jun 25, 2015

Like Dick said, no one should really know because you shouldn't advertise it and expect people to bring in cupcakes, take you out for 21 shots and make a big deal out of it but it'll probably come up among your fellow interns and maybe young analysts when they ask if you are/when you're turning 21. See if some of those people want to grab a drink that night if you don't have other friends in town. Maybe it'll leak up to the older guys and depending on the culture they may want to go out for a drink (like I said, don't expect anything big-unfortunately it's not 1986 when you'd get a booze filled night fueled with blow and ending in strippers) but it's not a "thing." I've had multiple interns/analysts turn 21 over the years and sometimes a few people including more senior people will go out, and sometimes not.

Personally I wouldn't want to go out for more than happy hour and get shitfaced on my 21st birthday with people that I just started working with 2 weeks before. You typically don't want one of their first impressions of you being wasted enough to puke on a chick you're trying to pick up. Unless I'm your boss. Then you just converted your internship into an FT roll and can go to the beach for the rest of the summer.

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Jun 25, 2015
Dingdong08:

Like Dick said, no one should really know because you shouldn't advertise it and expect people to bring in cupcakes, take you out for 21 shots and make a big deal out of it but it'll probably come up among your fellow interns and maybe young analysts when they ask if you are/when you're turning 21. See if some of those people want to grab a drink that night if you don't have other friends in town. Maybe it'll leak up to the older guys and depending on the culture they may want to go out for a drink (like I said, don't expect anything big-unfortunately it's not 1986 when you'd get a booze filled night fueled with blow and ending in strippers) but it's not a "thing." I've had multiple interns/analysts turn 21 over the years and sometimes a few people including more senior people will go out, and sometimes not.

Personally I wouldn't want to go out for more than happy hour and get shitfaced on my 21st birthday with people that I just started working with 2 weeks before. You typically don't want one of their first impressions of you being wasted enough to puke on a chick you're trying to pick up. Unless I'm your boss. Then you just converted your internship into an FT roll and can go to the beach for the rest of the summer.

I would add this: If you get completely sloppy drunk (starting fights, grabbing ass, puking, etc.) AND you are the first one in the next morning.....that will definitely catch everyone's attention. Being the first one in the next morning is crucial. Pretend like nothing happened. People will assume that's what you do everyday if you pull it off right. Even better if you actually do that everyday.

Work hard, play hard is something many say, but few do.

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Jun 25, 2015

can i bring my slampiece into the office restroom from the bar at like 4am and then work intermittently/get head while cranking out a pitch deck into the next work day?

i've heard that successfully multitasking is very important in finance.

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Jun 25, 2015

When I was younger I worked in a few places where it was a spoken challenge among the younger guys who could get into the office the earliest after a big night. Sometimes everyone would agree to throw money in for the winner. Other times the loser had to pick up the tab the next time out. One guy got a DUI because he tried to get in at 6 am and was still drunk from the night before. Oops.

Absolutely true though-you can get away with a lot being shitfaced if you're at your desk before everyone, doing work and acting like it doesn't effect you at all.

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Jun 26, 2015

Walk in with a crown that states "birthday girl"

Jun 26, 2015

wild turkey 101

Jun 26, 2015

Walked in on this post to give advice.
All advice already given, I am walking out.

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Jun 26, 2015

Just got to Butch McGuires and stop asking stupid questions

Jun 26, 2015

Since you're in Chicago and you turn 21 on a Monday, go to evilOlive. You can look up what happens on Monday nights or just show up and have a great time.

Jun 26, 2015

Start at Luxbar on Bellevue for some real drinks (not a party spot), then make your way to State Street. Check out all the bars, just make sure you spend some time at McFadden's. Get brunch the following morning at Tavern on Rush in the Viagra Triangle.

Have fun.

Jun 26, 2015

Welcome to the world of legally drinking! A rule about mixing drinking and work: it's either really good, or really bad. If you get sloppy drunk and make an ass out of yourself in front of colleagues/superiors, it's bad. If you get drunk with an MD and handle it well it's a great little bonding moment. Just make sure you're in the office before him the next day.

Jun 26, 2015

So many of you are retarded. You never mention its your birthday during conversation? To answer your question, yes its cool to get drunk with coworkers, just don't embarrass yourself.

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Jun 26, 2015

I am in a similar position. I turn 21 in a few weeks. My team asked me if I drank at an intern event and I said no because I am not of age. They asked when I turned 21 and then said they would take me out for drinks after I turned 21. These were all junior people on the team. I don't really talk about anything personal with my director or MD.

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Jun 26, 2015

OP is the type of person who would have benefited from hazing. If it's not too late I suggest you pledge.

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Jun 25, 2015

oh calm down you're probably a geed, macro_surfer

Jun 26, 2015
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