When it was revealed last week that the person who wrongly confirmed racist names for the pilots of the crashed Asiana flight to a TV station was a National Transportation Safety Board intern, the unnamed summer hire was fired, raising the genuinely plausible question: Was he the worst intern ever?
The short answer is “maybe … but he’s got some pretty good competition.”
From interns who embarrassed their boss to interns who just embarrassed themselves, there have been many entry level workers who were quickly shown the door.
We’ve rounded up some of the best — or worst? — examples of bad interns for entertainment and education. Enjoy.
Liane Membis had a lot of things going for her as a recent Yale grad who had scored an internship with the Wall Street Journal, but made headlines in in the summer of 2012 for all the wrong reasons.
After her editors discovered she had been fabricating sources and quotes for her stories, Membis was fired from her internship.
Daniel Brusilovsky, a 17-year-old TechCrunch intern, was fired from the website in 2010 after it was alleged that he had asked a startup for a MacBook Air in exchange for writing a post about the company.
The company later confirmed that Brusilovsky also received at least one other computer from a company he wrote about.
University of Colorado Denver student Peter Smith was fired from his 2012 internship with Colorado Senate Democrats after he attempted to 'glitter bomb' Mitt Romney by throwing glitter at the then-presidential hopeful.
According to Gawker, an unnamed NBC intern had a memorable first day on the job in 2008 when she reportedly defecated throughout two floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
To her credit, the intern apparently showed up the next day and continued her internship.
Jeffrey Garofano, a Middlebury College senior working on the 2010 campaign of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, was fired from his internship after he offered a one-on-0ne meeting with the senator for a $2,400 donation. $5,000 would buy you a better chance of the senator actually listening.
Jared Ilovar, a computer intern working for the state of Ohio, was on the receiving end of some bad luck when a sensitive data tape was stolen from his car.
The tape contained the names and Social Security numbers of more than 800,000 Ohioans, leading to Ilovar being fired and later claiming he was a 'scapegoat.'
After the crash of Asiana Flight 214, an intern with the National Transportation Safety Board erroneously confirmed four fake racist names of the pilots to television station KTVU, which subsequently read them live on-air.
The NTSB intern was fired for his actions.
Kevin Colvin, a 2007 intern at Anglo Irish Bank, told his boss that he had to miss work because he was going home for a family emergency.
When his boss saw Facebook photos of Colvin at a costume party during the time he was supposed to be at home, he sent an email to his fairy-dressed intern saying 'Cool wand!,' Gawker reported at the time.
Although some people write this off as a cover story, in 2007 Roseanne Barr fired the intern who ran her MySpace profile after a seemingly drunken ramble appeared on her page when the comedian was vacationing in Hawaii.
Maybe the most famous intern of all time, Monica Lewinsky was a recent Lewis & Clark College graduate in 1995 who had just started an internship at the White House.
Three years later, Lewinsky's sexual relationship with her boss -- President Bill Clinton -- became public knowledge, and led to his impeachment by Congress.
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