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If you want to get anywhere in life, you’ve got to get an internship. After competing with hundreds of other adult babies with your exact resume, you’ll get to fetch coffee for people in your field of study. And you won’t get paid! And that's normal. That's the baseline for an internship; these former interns on reddit had experiences that were even worse. Way worse.

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1. The fact that a “lamp store” needed an intern in the first place should’ve clued in warpus.

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I was an intern at a lamp store and I worked there for like 2 months and didn't see a single fucking lamp. I later found out that the whole thing was a front for some sort of an illegal cattle transportation setup and got busted shortly after I got fired.

2. Here is a very sad, very spot-on definition of irony, from unchartered12

Was an unpaid intern for a politician last year. I got to edit a letter to a constituent advising them not to vote for the other party because they were corrupt and hired unpaid interns.

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3. While many internships don’t let the interns do much, GisingGising was an intern for a dentist, where the pendulum swung way too far in the other way.

In my home country, high school students are required to complete "work experience" as part of their studies around the age of 16. I chose a dentist and was allowed to pull one of several teeth that came out of an elderly man's mouth. It was just like you would imagine pulling a carrot out of soil feels like. All his teeth were rotten and he was in for a full set of dentures. Even now, over 15 years later I am still amused that they let me do it. I am sure the patient would not feel the same way, if he'd known.

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Smile!
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4. Spending all that time on Wikipedia prepared TheKingofBananas for a career in research.

Had to write an entire wikipedia article on one of the higher ups that worked there. They made me squeeze out 2000 words on the guy. There's a reason he didn't have one already. There's not much to write.

5. The company that liftforaesthetics worked for saved a lot of money because killing rats usually costs major $$$.

Freshman year of high school I interned at a genetics lab. I had to put some lab rats into a container, attach a tube to the container, and flick a switch. Then I realized I was killing "rejected" rats by poisoning them with CO.

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6. User eDgAR had to show up for his dental internship everyday at tooth-hurty. Thank you, thank you, drive safe, tip your waitress.

I had an unpaid internship at a small dental marketing agency as a copywriter. One of things they had me do sometimes was to create various Yelp accounts and leave reviews on the listing for some of their clients. To make the accounts seem like actual people who reviewed stuff, they also had me leave reviews on random other business in the area. Usually I would just leave positive reviews on a local McDonald's or Target that were really generic. I hated having to do it because it seemed so unethical, but I was fresh out of college and needed the experience to put on my resume.

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7. Removing dead gecko carcasses at 704t’s company is a task reserved for senior officials.

Once a month, I had to go around the lab to check the sticky traps for bugs and other critters. I'd identify, count, and record them. There was a dead gecko carcass but we couldn't remove it for a while.

Sorry, little buddy.
Sorry, little buddy.
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8. User manapan interned for only the most important research trials that involved fake rubber hands.

As an unpaid research assistant I once had to run trials to see if we could convince people that the fake, rubber hand they were looking at was their own hand. Yes. Yes we can.

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9. At least Ninjashuffler can put down “un-electrocutable” under “skills” on their resume

Wade through swampy Oregonian wetlands to implant a metal stake into the ground so we could check how well a transmission tower was grounded.

10. Unless it was in an ‘80s teen sex comedy, “chick testing” like the kind mongrale had to do is probably just awful.

I did chick testing for a poultry lab. Involved gassing a brown paper bag of like 10 chicks, ripping them open with gloved hands, pulling out their lungs, and taking a yolk sac sample. Was not pleasant.

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11. A demanding, old author guy obsessed with baseball? It sounds like getElephantById worked for…every single old author guy in the history of American literature.

I interned for a fairly well-known author who had me do research for him. I would go to the library and photocopy sections of books, look up old articles on microfiche, contact publishers, editors, agents, and so on, whatever it took. Anything, no matter how vague or obscure, was fair game.

It was actually a pretty fun job, but I had a white whale. He wanted to read this old poem about baseball that he'd heard on the radio a long time ago, during a show where they invited on local poets to read their poems. He had a wispy notion of what it was about, but he remembered one line fairly clearly, and he remembered the local public radio station he'd heard it read on.

I contacted a dozen different people, read through hundreds of potential baseball poems, spent countless hours on the internet, had piles of books by bedroom publishers delivered to my college library. It took about nine months for me to finally track this poem down for him, but I did, and I showed it to him. He glanced over it once and said, "yeah, I guess it wasn't worth all that effort, was it?"

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12. Hats off to you, TRex_N_Truex, even if taking one's hat off does come with a write-up from management.

I was an intern for an airline a while back. The airline required their pilots to wear the pilot hat. Towards the end of the internship I think my boss ran out of ideas and had me sit up in the terminal for 8 hours counting the pilots wearing and not wearing their hats. Then I had to make it into a spread sheet.

It's important to look professional.
It's important to look professional.
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13. Working with pills and cats all day is somehow not all it’s cracked up to be, according to msfaraday.

What I did wasn't weird. I uploaded bogus vitamin supplements onto amazon. What was weird was I sat in a woman's basement doing it on an old computer while she constantly tried to get me to take random pills. I constantly refused but kept coming back for like two months. Not sure who was the bigger idiot. She also had a cat the size of a large dog.

14. StephenHawking69 interned at Maury. Frankly, it sounds amazing.

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I interned at the Maury Show and I used to have to go and purchase wigs for way more guests than you'd imagine. Also, I had to go buy out Target's stock of a specific prepaid Tracfone every week because guests rarely had a cell phone. This was in 2012.

15. Chocolate ice cream was never quite the same for krizalid70559.

I was working at a pharmaceutical company as a intern lab tech, and one day my manager told me to clean out the human samples freezer. I had to throw out a large amount of human fecal samples in jars. It was summer then, so by the time the shit samples are all out they already started to "melt". One would think since the shit samples are in plastic jar it's not a big deal - by the time I was done my lab coat was fucking brown.

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Oh. No.
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16. User wasinternnowlawyer had an internship that prepared them for life by being so awful that they’ll never, ever complain about a job again.

Many years ago as a law student my major unpaid internship task was related to classifying child porn images on a seized computer for an upcoming court case. Number of pics was well over 20,000 and I had to look at every single one long enough to put it into the correct category.