Hooking up with a fellow intern might not be the smartest idea.
Summer: the time for college students everywhere to forget the stresses of exams, 12-page research papers and 3 a.m. study sessions to live life like a Top-40 pop song. Unfortunately, most of us will be spending less time hitting the beach boardwalk and more time hitting the pavement in search of that all-important summer job or internship. However, even interns find it difficult to give up the fantasy of having a summer fling, especially when an attractive co-worker makes it so convenient.
Let’s take a look at the possible outcomes of hooking up with a fellow co-worker, and why you should avoid it like the plague.
Typical college scenario: It’s Sunday brunch, and just as you are about to get in line for pancakes, you make accidental eye contact with last night’s hookup. You quickly, and awkwardly, look away and continue to pretend last night never happened.
At work, this doesn’t occur. If you get involved with a fellow intern, you will most likely be forced to see and interact with him or her on a day-to-day basis. Bad kisser? Too bad. Won’t look you in the eye? Deal with it. Avoiding someone is difficult as it is, but when you have a ton of work to do and said person is sitting 10 feet away from you, let’s just say that mountain of work won’t be getting smaller anytime soon.
Things have been going great for interns Sally Whatsherface and Johnny Whatshisname. They sneak off for a lunchtime rendezvous every day, send each other scandalous texts and spend an often large amount of time in each other’s cubicles. That is, until a new intern Stacy Themanstealer shows up for work. Stacy flirts with Johnny, Johnny returns her advances and before you know it, Sally is sporting an Incredible Hulk shade of green from head to toe. No employer wants negativity emanating from a worker, so it’s best to check your feelings at the door.
Just like you would be mortified if your boss caught you at work in your typical beach attire of shorts and a bathing suit, I imagine it would be just as embarrassing to have a co-worker make the uncomfortable *eh-hem* throat clear as he catches the two of you lip-locking in a cubicle. Hooking up at work exemplifies completely inappropriate office behavior, and will certainly mar the positive impressions your boss has of you as he or she tries to write your recommendation letter at the end of the summer.
Summer can be seen as a carefree time to meet new people and have exciting experiences, but is starting an office-exclusive fling really worth feeling awkward, distracted and unprofessional for three months? Probably not. If you truly do have feelings for someone you work with, those feelings will still be there when you come home for school breaks and the following summer. Then, hopefully, you can enjoy the kind of sugary-sweet summer romance found in Nicholas Sparks novels, all the while blissfully happy at separate jobs.
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