The competition was close throughout (and well-received by all the team – there was a lot of good-natured banter flying around), and the final results were calculated and announced in front of the whole office – around 30 people.
Last year, we had an intern and I ended up shouldering the “burden” of training her, answering many questions on a daily basis, maintaining her daily schedule, attending any meetings she was required for (which doubled my meeting caseload), and dividing up and overseeing our work assignments.
I wasn’t given any reduction in my normal duties for this, and it was not something I’d offered to do.
She still might not agree, but it’s worth having the conversation.
(Do keep in mind, though, that if you don’t currently manage (non-intern) staff and you want to some day, managing interns is a good way to begin getting that experience and build your management skills in a lower-stakes context.) 2.
I’ve had people include extras that actually weakened their candidacy.