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INTERNSHIPS / OCT. 01, 2014
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Top 5 Disastrous Intern Gaffes

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1. Losing a strategic business partnership
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It seems that too much attention to detail can ruin a critical deal. In an attempt to secure a partnership with global shipping firm UPS, a team had spent a year preparing the details and conducting exhausting research to finally draft a convincing partnership proposal, only to wrongly send it to UPS’s main rival, FedEx. This of course resulted in losing the partnership a couple of days after making this tragic mistake.

Starting an internship involves an extensive and invaluable learning experience that helps millennials adapt to the realities of the world of work and immerse themselves in the workplace culture. Part of this experience is inevitably making mistakes – some of them being innocent and others being harder to fix, leading to major consequences.

Blowing an internship with a disastrous error could cost you the potential of getting a full-time job with the company you are interning for.   

A Quora thread inspired me to investigate some of the most catastrophic mistakes made by interns as they learnt the ropes. Check out this slideshow to find out the top 5 most disastrous intern gaffes that made interns go as red as beetroot and their employers go mad…

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