Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Intern and the Red Flags

Hello girls,
Rose, I feel your pain.  I had a hell of a day yesterday!  As you know, I am only applying to jobs, no internships.  It has been a bit of a challenge since there are no jobs!  That said, I was thrilled on Friday when I found what sounded like the most fabulous job!  It was as if the position was created for me.  I immediately replied.  Their response came almost instantly, inviting me for an interview on Monday.  I should have known things were too perfect, I should have suspected it was too good to be true.  As soon as I arrived, red flags galore, am I surprised it ended so badly?  Nope.

Red flag # 1:  I arrived 10 minutes early for my 1pm interview only to learn that my interviewer was at a meeting and would be at least 30 minutes late.  Great!

Red flag # 2:  On their site, the job title blatantly said "junior editor and assistant to the Editor in Chief."  When I arrived, it had conveniently changed to an INTERNSHIP!   Lying about the nature of the job to get people in the door?  Bad form!

Red flag # 3:  When I politely informed the interviewer that I was looking for a permanent position and not an internship, he completely ignored me!  Then he handed me a little booklet.  When I opened it, I saw that it was an EXAM!   I felt like I was about to write the SATs!  Not one for pop quizzes, I firmly refused to write the two hour test!

What is this world coming to when internships are disguised as jobs and standardized multiple choice questions?  I know they say "beggars can't be choosers" but in this case, I chose to walk out that door without looking back!

Back to the drawing board...

Bisous xx Ophelia

Monday, November 29, 2010

Warning: Raging Intern

Good (and I use the word loosely) morning ladies!

I am so f***ing pissed!  I walked into work this morning after a relaxing long weekend only to find that my computer had disappeared from the usual spot.  The production assistant had set me up in the corner on this antique laptop that I was using for maintaining production lists.  You guys know that I like to get in quite early to work, so as to catch up and be ready for all the chaos that is usually headed my way by about 9:10!  Well, this morning I got in and - poof- my computer was gone!

Where had it gone?  Well after sitting around for 45 minutes asking myself the very same question and waiting for the assistant to stroll into work, I found out that she had taken it home to work on a few things herself.  Apparently her personal computer was in for repairs and she meant to message me, but it totally slipped her mind!

OF COURSE it did!  And do you want to know why?  BECAUSE I AM STILL JUST AN INTERN!  What could I possibly have to do that is so important, right?  Furthermore, an intern's time is just NOT as valuable, right?  What would an intern care if they could have slept for an extra half an hour this morning, right?

I am fuming!
Needless to say, it is going to be a long mother-f***ing day!

xxx Rose

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Thankful Intern

Hello my dear girls,
I hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving!  I must say, one of the hardest things about living in Paris is the fact that I miss both Canadian and American Thanksgiving!  This year, I decided to invite a few expats over and have our own little Thanksgiving feast a la francaise.  It was harder than expected to round up some of the Thanksgiving staples (pumpkin and cranberry sauce to be specific!) but with a little bit of effort, I have everything I need to pull together one hell of a dinner!  Unfortunately, teeny tiny Parisian kitchens prevent me from roasting a full turkey, but turkey is still on the menu!  After a full day of preparation, the table is set, my guests are en route and my fingers are crossed that tonight will go off without a hitch!

I have a brief moment of down time while everything is in the oven, so I wanted to take a moment to wish you both a happy and safe holiday.  Can you believe the year has passed so quickly?  It feels like only yesterday I was enjoying Thanksgiving in New Orleans with ma famille!  How time flies!

Anyway, as I was baking my pumpkin pie this afternoon, I started thinking about the things I am thankful for.  The list is long but here's what nabbed the top spots...


My awesome family

My wonderful boyfriend

My incredible friends

My home in Paris

And last but not least...

My darling Eternal Interns! 

Happy Thanksgiving, my darling girls!

Love always,

Bisous xx Ophelia

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No More Mister Nice Guy (or girl...)

Congrats Rose on the new gig! Let the moolah roll in! I’m happy to report that it’s 3.30pm and I’m about to head out the door! Yes, Thanksgiving weekend here I come! El novio and I are heading down to the Keys to the Beach House for some well deserved down-time,  after the frantic morning I just had…

Monday, I had asked my intern to prepare some event budget reports my boss needed for “yesterday” (as she always says…), and I find out this morning that not only are the reports not ready, but they're totally wrong! Ahhh! I wanted to yell, scream, stomp! But, you girls know me, I stayed calm and told her that it would all be ok…I sat down and reworked through all of the excel files!

That is, until my boss peered from around the corner and got mad at ME! Yes my dear friends, as she walked by my desk, she slyly looked over her shoulder and scolded me:
- “You’ll get nowhere if you don’t start standing your ground. She didn’t do the reports properly? Sit her down again, explain and get HER to do them again…Defend yourself Flora…You won’t go far letting people get away with things…”

What? Excuse me? Am I getting in trouble now because of my kindness and patience towards my intern? When did being “nice” become a crime?

Taking a deep breath and a deep drag of a cigarette outside (only 1 I promise!), I realized  how right my boss was…She's not scolding me in a bad way, she's teaching ME what I have to do to get ahead! In a city like New York, where only the strongest make it to the corner offices, it’s not a matter of being good or bad, it’s a matter of being respected at work. The very history and landscape of this city confirms this fact: only the big, fierce, respected names are remembered (Carnegie, Morgan...Bloomberg) and only the tallest of the skyscrapers are most noted (Rockefeller, Empire...)... In a city where bigger is always better, respect and recognition make the difference.…and let me tell you girls, Big Apple respect is what this EI is gonna get!

With that, I’m off! I'm energized and respected ;) Have wonderful Thanksgiving day weekend chiquitas!


Flora xoxo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Battle Of The Sexes- Intern Style!

My new job is blowing my mind- in a good way!  I am loving the TV industry.  It is quite different from film and I am learning loads from a group of extremely talented individuals.  It is so nice to be back on a studio lot again as well, this time as a PAID intern!  I'm moving up the proverbial ladder, ladies, and it feels absolutely glorious.

What do I do at my new job?  To be honest I have spent the first weeks essentially competing with the male interns!  Being an intern on set involves a lot of lifting, shifting, standing, and all that jazz.  Well, I will be damned if I begin to be classified as the 'girl'!  It has happened to me in the past and I will never let it happen again.  We still live in a man's world, and therefore, everytime that physical labor is involved, I have been volunteering myself for the job.  Anything you can do, I can do better! Take that, other interns!  Kapow! 

All kidding aside, I am throuroughly excited about all the new connections that are blossoming from this internship, and even though I still dream of the day that I can afford to eat regular steak meals, I am quite content and satisfied at this moment of my life.  How many people can sincerely say that?

xxx Rose

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Decor. An Inspiration. An Ambition.

Ophelia, I remember the days we used to ride together after school!  Remember we would switch into jodhpurs and boots in the bathroom near the music room! Our lockers used to stink of manure!! Hehe!!

Well, while you are riding into new adventures, I’m appreciating my newfound “salary” and doing something that Eternal Unpaid Internships haven’t let me do since I lived at mum and dad’s: decorating. Ever since I moved into this little apartment and had to renovate it quite intensely (solo!), I’ve dreamt of one thing: simply decorating it and adding my personal touch. Luckily, now that I have a job and a regular salary…the decorating has begun!

Yesterday, el novio and I spent the day repainting the walls with the most brilliant hue of Farrow and Ball paint (I looooove!)…Scared of being asphyxiated by the smell, we headed to Gracious Home on 3rd in the afternoon to get more stuff, and later stopped by Scalamandre to take a look at fabrics for curtains…The prices were a tad to pricey which led us west to the Fashion District where I found the most beautiful Toile de Jouy for our curtains…I love! The apt still looks like a battlefield…but I just can’t wait for everything to be finished, settled and beautiful!

I’ve always loved décor, and over the years have gotten to know the fashion/décor districts of many cities…from the 40s in the West in Manhattan to Le Marche St. Pierre in Paris, the Design District in Miami and Queen Street West in Toronto…whenever I visit a new city I’m unconsciously drawn to the décor/fashion districts…Could interior decorating be my calling? Could this be IT for me? I'm not professionally trained but I've always been told I have an eye for chic, impeccable taste and have always loved antiques and fabrics...Has this weekend of decor and handywork defined my future trajectory? Could this old pair of jeans and paint-stained t-shirt be my new outfit of choice (hmmm no not really!), hehe! I’m serious…my dream one day is seriously to have my own corner office at perhaps my own interior decorating firm! Spend my days picking out different fabrics, side tables, art work….When I think about it, it’s the one job that blends all of my passions (and previous work experiences hehe!)…

My dad is right though…He says…
- Focus on what you’re doing now…build yourself a network (and fill up that bank account!)…get the skills one can only get in a corporate structure, and when you’re ready branch out and do it! The skills you’re learning in event-planning right now are an asset too any entrepreneurial adventure, especially in décor…

Look we’ll see...TBC…For now, I’m just enjoying my pad and must focus on my Eternal Employment.

Besitos chicas!

Flora xoxo

Friday, November 19, 2010

An Intern Takes the Reins

Hello my dearest girls, 
Rose, I almost died laughing reading your latest letter.  I am so glad your humiliation translated into a job!  If we could all be so lucky!   And Flora, we will not discuss Kate and her Prince anymore.  I am so jealous! haha!  Not that I am interested in the balding future king of England, but could Kate Middleton be any more perfect?  It is nauseating to say the least!  

Well girls, while the future Princess Catherine is flaunting her ring around London, your friend Ophelia is also keeping busy in Paris with other regal endeavors.  I have taken up horseback riding!  I took lessons when I was young but quit when life got in the way (actually it got too cold and I didn't like waking up at the crack of dawn!).   My father, who affectionately referred to me as Marie Antoinette, pointed out that a girl without a job should probably focus her energy into employment and not equestrianism, but everyone needs a hobby, no?  

When you think about it, the life of an intern is a lot like riding, wouldn't you agree?  It is a series of obstacles and just when you think you have made it safely through the course, you run into a new hurdle! And so, I am going to channel my inner Betty Draper (could she look more fabulous in her riding duds?), my inner Charlotte Casiraghi (could she look more amazing in her Gucci?), my inner Zara Phillips and enjoy my new hobby while I am still a "lady of leisure"!  Because before I know it (fingers crossed!), I'll be back in the saddle at brand new job!  

Until then, giddy up!  I'll just keep going with the flow... at a gallop, of course! 

Bisous xx Ophelia 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Interview From Hell

Ophelia, karma is a bitch and that ex-boss should watch Devil Wears Prada! And remember, she who laughs last laughs longest!  

Did I ever tell you guys how I got my latest gig?  OMG, the interview was a bloody nightmare.  I wore an adorable black dress with a smart red blazer (Ophelia, you would have been proud!).  Little did I know that I would be made to sit on an incredibly low couch!  I mean I was basically sitting on the floor.  Well, seeing as the dress was almost down to my knees, I had decided the morning of to only shave from my knees down (as most women do!).  BIG MISTAKE!  By having me sit on this low couch I swear the assistant that interviewed me could basically see my crotch!  I wanted to dig a hole and crawl into it.  I was mortified.

Then she began to ask me the questions that I dread the most:
"tell me about a time when you were faced with a difficult decision and how you went about it"
"tell me about a time when you had a million and one things to get done and how you performed under pressure"
"tell me about a time when.... F*** OFF!"

Seriously, I was ready to punch the girl in the face if she uttered the words tell me about a time when again!  Plus I was paranoid about the fact that she was staring at the fuzz that I had left on my thighs.  How the hell was I to anticipate any of this?

Well, as luck should have it, I got the job and on my first day I totally cracked a joke about the disastrous interview and she barely even remembered any of it.  To think that one of the most horrifying experiences in my life was just another routine moment in hers!

xxx Rose

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Intern Faster than...a Google Alert!

Ophelia! Chin up, head high! Who cares about that witch! Don't let her intimidate you - she's not worth your time! you know, lately I've been having a little trouble with getting people at work to acknowledge my new "non-intern" status, and I've been having my own conundrums with interns in the office... Let's just say that this ex-Eternal Internal was having a little trouble vith zee "interns"...that is...however...until now.

I just started working on a new event (gonna be awesome - linked to Art Basel Miami, but that's another email!), and I've lured a new intern to help me out since yesterday (the duffous that was rude last week is out...well for me!). She has been a pearl and blessing...and today...she alerted me on BIG NEWS! She's quicker than a Google Alert! (Maybe I haven't given her enough work...)

Ophelia you may want to cover your eyes (you may not take this news well!). Rose, listen up!

Prince William is engaged!!! Yes, yes! Prince William has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton!

Ok - Ophelia, I know this is tough...I know you were secretly hoping day...yes one day he would realize you were THE ONE (hehehe) but sorry miss, Middleton is the gal!

My little intern (well she's taller than me...)...was also quite depressed. I reassured her that Harry was still available, but that didn't seem to calm her spirits...what's up with that?! I'd take the little brother any day...

Interestingly enough, the entire office is seeming a little off today. Everyone has tuned into CNN... BBC... Everyone is gossiping...some almost seemed to be crying (tough to tell if they're sad he's off the market, or happy he's engaged!) It's insane! How can a Royal Engagement so easily paralyze an entire office! I guess it doesn't help that 90% of us are women and the 10% remaining are gay 30 year old men... But still! That's what happens when you work in communications for a feminine mag!! It's a mad-house!

I've sent my little (tall) intern off to run some erands...hopefully a latte can change her mind...

I'll keep you girls posted...but from one 20 something girl to another, Kate Congrats!!


Flora xoxo

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Bullied Intern

Hey girls!
I hope you are both doing well.  Flora, I am right there with you re "Is this it?"!  Although I haven't arrived at "it" yet, I am starting to think I don't ever really want to get there!  Especially if people like NM will be there too.  So who is NM you ask?  Well, I'll explain.  After a rather uneventful week, my Friday evening was completely and utterly ruined by a meaner than mean email from a former boss.  Why?  She had gotten word of a little blog called the Eternal Intern and she was threatening me via email to remove all mention of her!  I was hurt, then scared, then agitated and then irate.  How dare she threaten me!  

I couldn't for the life of me figure out why a woman with so much power and such a fabulous job would go out of her way to intimidate a former intern.  Wouldn't it have been better to just turn off the computer and go home for the weekend?  Perhaps she didn't even consider how much harm one little email would cause this Eternal Intern.  Truth be told, I was choking back tears while reading.  Needless to say my Friday night was ruined.

Don't feel bad for lil' old Ophelia though.  I sent a dignified response clarifying my position, apologizing for the misunderstanding, etc.  Funnily enough, I have never even mentioned her or anyone working for her in my letters.... until now that is!  haha!

Bisous xx Ophelia

PS.  All this has again left me questioning the ways of the fashion world.  I think the three of us should get together and start our own business.  Rose will be the film expert, I'll talk style and Flora, well Flora, ummm... what is that you do again?  haha!  xx

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Is this it?

So I’ve finally been able to get a little rest…since the Wednesday night fiesta downstairs that uncovered unwanted bags under my eyes on Thursday, I have finally been able to catch up on sleep! Thank goodness for Zitomers on Mad and their miraculous Guerlain eye cream!!

Last night I caught up with D. who I haven’t seen in soooo long! We went to Peels in the East Village…which was unsurprisingly delicious and really quite sympathique…We celebrated my ‘full-time’ gig, made fun of my head to toe Tory Burch look (ok I overdid it!), and we had a lot of fun (I have a tad bit of a headache today…) It was a sublime evening…until…yes the dreaded until…she asked me:
- Flora, you’ve been dabbling in so many different things for so long…so many internships…in the art world, fashion, jewellery, decor…hell you even have a Master’s in Finance…Where do you see yourself later on? What is it you really want to do? Is this job “it” for you?

Right then and there…I froze…The seemingly  fabulous dinner, had just turned into the interview from hell…

But D. is right…Is this it for me? I’ve always loved so many things…I’ve excelled in each field…and I have a veritable passion for all…But, where do I see myself? Is this really what I want to do? Do I really want to be working at X in communications planning events for the rest of my life…? Am I the only eternally indecisive EI out there?

I didn’t want to admit it, but NO this is not “it” for me…I’ve always been far too ambitious and, I’ve always been a dreamer…I didn’t want to insult D. who has pretty much (yet again) sold her soul to another art gallery…but there is no way I will be doing this forever.

I explained to her that I’ve dabbled in each of these different fields to understand what it is that I really want to do - what I really, truly love….and to one day…get ready, be my own boss! I’ve always admired entrepreneurs…and I don’t believe I could settle for less than a corner office later on (in my own headquarters ;) doing exactly what it is I love…I’d love to find a way to blend my passion for decor, and all that is luxurious, love for communications and business acumen…Ahaaaaa….

Girls, I also didn’t tell D. this…but I actually have begun starting my own side business…it’s related to these passions/loves…I don’t really want to speak much about it yet, as it’s still not totally 100%, but as soon as it is, you 2 will be the first to know!

Ok I must jet…I’m meeting my dad at Via Quadronno for a hot chocolate haha!! Perhaps be can help me with this new little venture ;) Flora never stops!


Flora xoxo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Flora's Dream: Peace & Quiet!

A girl can indeed dream my dearest Ophelia! But you know what: dreams are what make life worthwhile! My mum always used to tell me, how can one live without dreams? Dreaming keeps you moving forward! I love to dream! And, let me tell you, right now I'm dreaming for one thing: quiet!! What do I mean you may ask...well I just want friggin peace and friggin quiet!

New neighbors moved into the apt downstairs a month ago. When I first met them, I was so happy to see that a young couple with a baby and cute little Jack Russel were replacing the old lady who infested the floor downstairs with all her moth balls (she has finally headed to an old age home...). Omg! You can't even imagine how strong it stunk every time I walked past her door...So I considered myself lucky last month as I saw this sweet Yuppy couple take over Ms. Stinky's apt...

Lucky, that is, until I realized these ppl are party animals! They throw parties almost every Monday and Tuesday nights...I've stayed super passive for the past 3 weeks, but last night at about 1am I had it! I was woken up by loud thumping music, loud talking and laughing and a baby crying ever 2 minutes...yes, all this at 1am on a Wednesday night! I couldn't sleep. I couldn't focus. I tried cotton balls in my ears - no luck. A pillow over my head - no luck. And so, I threw a pair of jeans on, stormed down the stairs half asleep and decided to get mad! How dare they! How dare they make so much noise so late and WITH A BABY!!!

Unfortunately, the Yuppy nice couple just isn't so nice after all! The man was rude to me...didn't lower the music .... and they kept partying until 4am!! I decided to try and stick it out and camped out on my kitchen floor, which is a little more insulated from the noise...I am officially a freak! Luckily I was able to get a good 3 hours of sleep, but you girls should see me now...I have the biggest bags under my eyes, I can't focus and's not even TGIF!!!

I swear, if they ever pull a party like that again, I'm calling the cops! I am seriously falling asleep right now...despite the 4 Starbucks double espressos I've downed I still can't focus....and to top it all off I have a mtg with my boss in an hour and I'm so not ready!! F*ck!!!!!!!

Flora xoxo

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Girl Can Dream

Hello my dear girls,
I am so sorry for not writing sooner, but I have been doing a different kind of writing - letter writing!  As you know, I am a huge fan of the Let's Bring Back column on the Huffington Post and it has now been turned into an Encyclopedia!  I can't wait to purchase my copy.  Anyway, I was inspired by a recent round of "Let's Bring Back" and decided to sit down and write notes to people I haven't spoken to in a while (and to reach out to new people, including Lesley MM Blume, the journalist behind the column!).  After spending an ungodly amount of time on my computer last week, it felt so nice to sit down and write.  It is incredible how reliant we have become on backspace and spell-check - writing really is a mental exercise!

Naturally, my throwback to days gone by got me thinking about my current situation.  I look at columns like Let's Bring Back and I wonder why I can't have a job like that!  I have been going to interviews and applying to jobs just for the sake of applying, but I am secretly (ok, not so secretly) jealous of women who get to do exactly what they love!  Take Ms Blume, for example, what a fabulous job to write such a fun, inspiring column!  I was also recently put in touch with a very lovely friend of a friend working at a great UK publication. She also has the dream job.... her dream job!   Is it naive to want to enjoy my job?  I am lucky enough to be raised by parents who do exactly what they have always wanted to do.  Both have unconventional careers that reflect their interests and personalities and they seem truly happy.

I have decided, I will not settle.  I know what I would love to do, so why should I settle for less?  Call me naive, call me what you will, but there are people out there who are truly happy to go to work each day.... so why shouldn't I be one of them?

Bisous xx Ophelia

PS.  It doesn't help that I watched Cinderella yesterday, I am now a permanent resident of Disney dream world!  x

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Eternal Intern's New Home!

The Eternal Intern has moved!  
Click HERE to check out our newly designed homepage! 

xoxo Flora, Ophelia and Rose 

Never Fool an Ex-Intern!

Rose! Congratulations - good for you man!! Money is money, and any money is better than no money!! Good job scoring that paid internship!

I'm writing you girls from sunny FLA...I headed down to the Keys this weekend with the feels good to take a little sun, relax and do simply nada! New York is getting cool and autumn has clearly graced us with her presence... I'll leave MIA tomorrow morning with the first AA flight out to get back!

Speaking of work, another crazy 'intern-event' happened last Friday...It seems to me that although 90% of the office is beginning to understand that I am indeed a full-time employee and not an intern...10% is still convinced I am an intern - and funny enough those 10% are interns themselves.

I've been working on a European event...quite a lot of work and coordination...and an intern from the PR team has been working on it too. Friday we had a meeting about what has to be done, info that needs to be retrieved etc.... You will never imagine what happened - I'm running the meeting, I ask her (the intern) to do a certain amount of tasks for me, and she looks at me and says NO! Yes, you heard me right, and so I quote:
-"You know Flora, it's best if you do X and Y, I've got much too much too handle right now, I'm going to be unable to this.".

Yes!!! The intern, flat out refused to carry out the tasks that were assigned to her by a full-time employee!!! Where is the logic?? Shouldn't she be on her knees accepting any work assigned to her?? Shouldn't she be thanking me and assuring me that all with be done on time and in a perfected manner?? I was stunned! Shocked! What has the intern world come to? Who is this intern? How can she think she can just turn me down like that? Little does she know, I've been in her shoes before, and in no way would I ever act like that! On the contrary I worked my little butt off as an intern!! Why are "interns" making my new-found full-time employee title so dang difficult!

So with that, I called the meeting over. Headed straight to my into my email, and yes... typed an impossibly evil email to her to confirm that she WOULD indeed so and so, and CCd pretty much the whole department.....and ended off with a big "Thank You!" as if nothing had ever happened....Vive la passive aggressiveness!!!

Did she answer? .... Yes... and the work should be done early this week!! Yessssssss!!!!

Haha! Thought that would give you a little laugh!! As a word of advice to all interns hehe...Never fool an ex-intern...

Must run chicas, but besitos!!

Flora xoxo

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ain't No Stoppin Me Now!

Congrats on being awarded with your very own interns, Flora.  I also had the joys of that once and had mixed emotions about it, but such is the circle of life.

I am on cloud 9 this evening.  I found out today that I scored an internship working on a reality TV series!  Cue music: Celebrate good times!  Come on!  

I don't know what to do with myself I am so flippin' excited.  No doubt that I will be celebrating (with money that I don't have) Hollywood style this weekend, since I start work this coming Monday!  My current financial situation is also taking a turn in a positive direction... my new internship is paid! I will be making a whopping 300 a week!   Hallelujah! At this rate, I will be able to pay back my student loans when I am about 50, but that couldn't be less of a worry to me right now.  

I have never worked in TV and I am absolutely thrilled at the new doors this position will open for me.  I think I have a totally disillusioned idea of what it is going to be like, but I am up for the challenge no matter what.  I can feel it, this is going to be it for me, ladies.  Starting next week I am going to devote myself and hope that in the next year I will be a star! 

xxx Rose

Monday, November 1, 2010

An Eternal Intern Conundrum

Hola Chicas!

Ophelia, what a brilliant weekend - so jealous!! I'd love to spend my weekends in Champagne!

As for me girls, big news!! Haha! This is actually kind of funny and you may laugh...but my boss just came up to me and announced that I'm getting an intern! Haha!

It sounds a little crazy at the moment... she literally just came by my desk a few minutes ago... If there's anyone I wanted to announce this to, asap, it's you guys!

When she told me, I just kind of looked at her, in a bit of shock (I def tried to hide the expression on my face...)...I mean how is it, that I, an Eternal intern just a few months now getting my own intern? And honestly... having been that 'Eternal Intern' for so long, I don't really know how I feel about having someone work for me 5 days a week for a teeny stipend... no benefits... and no security...

I also know that should I 'get' this intern, there are no hopes that his/her internship will ever become a full-time position. It doesn't matter how amazing he/she fabulous he/she proves to be...The fact is, that this office has once again just frozen employment and any hopes that an internship could eventually lead to a job... are dead!

On the one hand I see this opportunity to finally have 'my own' intern, absolutely amazing and a veritable victory....yet, on the other, I feel like somewhat of a traitor to the 'Eternal Intern' community...I know how hard it is to be an intern, I know the ups and the downs, I know the good and the bad....I also know the reality of this proposed internship and the fact that no concrete job offer can stem from it for a potential candidate....

What do I do?

Back to work....

Flora xoxo


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