If you fall more into the latter, there’s still time to make a change and enjoy the rest of your internship! For many, working in an office comes with conflicts and challenges -- all a product of the people you work with. Unfortunately, that’s life. For the rest of your life you’ll work with people in some way or another. Now’s the time to address conflict and challenges, head on.
Have a discussion: This always feels like my first piece of advice but… come on people, it’s the simplest solution! Often times, all you need is some quality time to work out the problem. Whether it’s with a colleague, boss or friend, tell them how you’re feeling, let them tell you how they’re feeling, then come to a mutually agreed upon solution.
Remove yourself from the situation: No, that doesn’t mean quit. It means avoid the person or problem, assuming it doesn’t get in the way of your performance. Change seats, eat lunch in a different place… it all differs depending on your specific situation but you get the idea.
Ask your colleagues how they handled it in the past: Conflict in the office isn’t a new phenomenon. You’re not the first person to find fault with how someone handles themselves professionally. So, ask a trusted friend at the office. You may not be the first to find an issue with this person and they could have some handy tips for how to handle it.
Tell your boss: It’s okay to be the snitch. Really. If for nothing else but to make him/her aware that it’s happening. It may not be in your best interest to do so in the hopes of getting someone into trouble, but if you make your boss aware of it, he/she can keep an eye out for any future issues.
In short, use your common sense. Don’t let a person, process or issue get in the way of you doing an incredible job. And remember, conflict is common, you just need to know how to handle it.