Are Your Interns Driving Everyone Crazy?

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By Alison Green

With summer internship season in full swing, you might be thrilled with your office's crop of interns – or you might be counting down the days until summer ends and they return to school.

If you're aggravated by interns who are unprofessional or don't know work norms yet, remember that you once didn't know these things either. After all, part of the point of an internship is to start getting experience in how an office works. It's normal for things that seem obvious to you to not be obvious to interns. That's part of the price you pay for hiring really cheap labor – you get to teach them!

Here are three of the most common difficulties you might encounter with your office's interns and what you can do in response: