"Free" labor isn't always free. Fully half of U.S. internships result in full- time hires, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The losing half includes bad apples whose "free" work sometimes entails unexpected costs. Herewith, a remembrance of interns whose screw-ups were recalled long after the summer ended.
"Free" labor isn't always free. Fully half of U.S. internships result in full- time hires, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The losing half includes bad apples whose "free" work sometimes entails unexpected costs. Herewith, a remembrance of interns whose screw-ups were recalled long after the summer ended.

Great Moments in Intern History

Most Alarming Intern Faux Pas
Most Alarming Intern Faux Pas
"Free" labor isn't always free. Fully half of U.S. internships result in full- time hires, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The losing half includes bad apples whose "free" work sometimes entails unexpected costs. Herewith, a remembrance of interns whose screw-ups were recalled long after the summer ended.
The Intern Who Slept On the Moon
The Intern Who Slept On the Moon
In July 2002, NASA intern Thad Roberts, 25, snuck into senior scientist Everett Gibson’s lab and stole a safe filled with moon rocks and meteorites. After copulating on top of the bounty, he tried to sell the samples, valued at $21 million, via an e-mail titled “Priceless Moon Rocks Now Available!!!” The FBI eventually apprehended Roberts, who was sentenced to eight years and change. Recalls Gibson: “He had evil thoughts all along.”
For Love of Country
For Love of Country
While interning at the National Archives in 2007, Denning McTague stole 164 pieces of Civil War memorabilia valued at $30,000, including the War Dept.’s telegram to soldiers about Lincoln’s death. McTague sold more than half of his loot on EBay before a collector reported the theft. He eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Now the Archives requires background checks for interns.
Farfallegate
Farfallegate
During the 2008 Presidential race, uncanny similarities were uncovered between the “McCain Family Recipes” on John McCain’s website and those on the Food Network’s—including Farfalle Pasta with Turkey Sausage. “One of our Web interns apparently appointed Rachael Ray as the senior policy adviser,” said campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds of Farfallegate. Then he went for the jugular: “The intern has been dealt with. … We took away his zero pay.”
The Shortest Career Ever  In Fashion
The Shortest Career Ever In Fashion
“You guys and gals have no idea how difficult Robert is … ,” ranted a departing intern on Marc Jacobs International’s official Twitter feed on Mar. 25. He was talking about President Robert Duffy. “Good luck! I pray for you all … Roberts [sic] a tyrant! Seriously!” Acknowledging that going postal on Twitter may not be the savviest career move, the intern also wrote, “Won’t work in this town again! I know that!”
Roseanne Barr ... Has a Sex Tape? Seriously?
Roseanne Barr ... Has a Sex Tape? Seriously?
In 2007, erratic posts on Roseanne Barr’s Myspace page such as “I need to stop drinking” and “I would rather just smell like pee” set gossip sites abuzz. Barr said an intern hacked into her account and also made off with a sex tape. “I am expecting him/her to surface when my new reality show airs, and to make me look like a hypocrite when my sex tape is released,” she says. “My advice to those who might be hiring an intern? You get what you pay for.”
The Man Who Watched Too Much CSI
The Man Who Watched Too Much CSI
In August 2009 a night on the town doomed one Madison (Wis.) police intern. Samuel Lehman, 20, drunkenly approached three men and claimed to be an undercover cop, pantomimed a gun, and ordered the men to lie on the ground. He was arrested on charges of impersonating an officer, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking. The police report concluded: “It is anticipated his internship will be ending.”
One Ohioan Who Is Not Taking His Talent To South Beach
One Ohioan Who Is Not Taking His Talent To South Beach
Asked in June 2007 to safeguard a hard drive containing sensitive information, Ohio Office of Budget and Management intern Justin Ilovar, 22, left the drive in his car. It was stolen, exposing Social Security numbers for 859,852 Ohioans, including 64,400 state employees and 770,000 taxpayers with uncashed tax refund checks. The state estimated the snafu may have cost up to $2 million. Ilovar, who claimed he was a scapegoat, was fired.