'Dear Intern': People Share Biggest Career Mistakes in Response to HBO Max Test Email

Nobody's perfect.

Thursday night, HBO Max sent an ambiguous "Integration Test" email to some of its subscribers. HBO released a statement via its official Twitter account apologizing for the "mistakenly sent" email, blaming an intern for the mishap. Many online were quick to make jokes and create memes about the incident. But now, in a kind gesture, some are using the phrase "Dear Intern" to share some of their biggest career mistakes to date.

"Dear Intern" became a trending topic on Twitter Friday afternoon as many took to the social media platform to share some of their most embarrassing—and hilarious—career-related mistakes. Though addressed to the intern at HBO Max, people of all ages and in all stages of their careers found comfort in the stories. The thousands of tweets are reminders that mistakes do happen and one mistake won't make or break an entire career.

"Dear Intern," tweeted a user named Tyler. "Once I sent promotional emails to a client database and got the discount codes mixed up and cost the client about 15 grand. Still here."

Dear Intern,

Once I sent promotional emails to a client database and got the discount codes mixed up and cost the client about 15 grand. Still here. https://t.co/ChszcDB5jz

— Tyler Price (@tylercprice_) June 18, 2021

A user by the name of Nick shared: "Dear intern, I once rolled out the wrong certificates to the entirety of https://gov.uk, very nearly taking it offline for the entire world. You're doing great!"

"Dear Intern," said Twitter user Eize. "As a very young copywriter I once had to write a brochure about a prescription drug that 'reduces mortality in patients,' but it turns out I actually wrote that it 'reduces morality in patients' and nobody caught it until 50,000 were printed."

Dear Intern, as a very young copywriter I once had to write a brochure about a prescription drug that "reduces mortality in patients," but it turns out I actually wrote that it "reduces morality in patients" and nobody caught it until 50,000 were printed.https://t.co/HrMqHIXhg0

— Eize Basa (@PonchoRebound) June 18, 2021

One broadcast engineer tweeted: "Dear Intern, It's an email. At least you didn't erase the entire Community Access TV station's chyron graphics archive on accident. Signed, A Broadcast Engineer who once erased all the chyron graphics at a Community Access TV Station by accident when he was an intern."

Dear Intern,

It's an email. At least you didn't erase the entire Community Access TV station's chyron graphics archive on accident.

Signed,
A Broadcast Engineer who once erased all the chyron graphics at a Community Access TV Station by accident when he was an intern.

— Mark 'STAY HOME!' Kewman (@mkewman) June 18, 2021

Others shared that while the mistakes they made weren't public, they were every bit as embarrassing.

Podcast host Caissie St. Onge said: "Dear Intern, I was using my desktop calendar to make a monthly note of when I started my menstrual period, but after several months I realized I was making that note on a calendar I shared with all of my colleagues company wide. I was 37 years old."

Dear Intern, I was using my desktop calendar to make a monthly note of when I started my menstrual period, but after several months I realized I was making that note on a calendar I shared with all of my colleagues company wide. I was 37 years old.

— Caissie (@Caissie) June 18, 2021

One woman's internal mistake almost did get her fired.

"Dear Intern, when I was 25 I made a PDF assigning each employee to the Muppet they reminded me of the most. I meant to send it to my work friend, but I accidentally sent it to the entire company. My supervisor (Beaker) wanted to fire me, but the owners (Bert & Ernie) intervened."

Dear Intern, when I was 25 I made a PDF assigning each employee to the Muppet they reminded me of the most. I meant to send it to my work friend, but I accidentally sent it to the entire company. My supervisor (Beaker) wanted to fire me, but the owners (Bert & Ernie) intervened. https://t.co/zMKvQ6nxjj

— aerin. (@AerinChevyFord) June 18, 2021

As previously mentioned, many Twitter users were grateful to see so many people be so candid about their mistakes.

"This 'dear intern' trend is so heartwarming and comforting," said one user.

Said self-proclaimed perfectionist Holly: "I know the 'Dear Intern' tweets are specifically for that intern, but as a people-pleasing perfectionist who often suffers imposter syndrome and thus fully beats herself up over every single tiny mistake...they're absolutely wonderful and so calming to read."

I know the “Dear Intern” tweets are specifically for that intern, but as a people-pleasing perfectionist who often suffers imposter syndrome and thus fully beats herself up over every single tiny mistake…they’re absolutely wonderful and so calming to read.

— holly 🥴 (@hollylottie88) June 18, 2021

Here's to hoping the HBO Max intern also found comfort in today's very public display of support.

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"Dear Intern" started trending on Twitter on Friday as thousands shared their career-related mistakes in response to the email mishap involving the HBO Max intern. Presley Ann / Stringer/Getty