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Blend of skin +‎ intern.


skintern (plural skinterns)

  1. (US, slang) An intern, often female, who wears very revealing clothing in an office setting where more conservative attire is the norm.
    • 2005, "The bad rap of Capitol Hill interns", The Hill, 22 June 2005
      "We were talking about this at dinner the other night, about how some interns show up in some of the skimpiest clothing," a female press secretary said. "One of the boys called them skinterns, which I thought was hilarious."
    • 2006, "Showing off a bit of skin", The Washington Times, 5 July 2006:
      They're known as “skinterns.” Those who think "belly shirts" are career wear. If the devil wears Prada, the skinterns wear nada.
    • 2009, Shayna Murphy, "Scantily-clad interns give working girls a bad name", The Daily Collegian (University of Massachusetts Amherst), 28 September 2009:
      Though “skinterns” do provide ample entertainment and a welcome distraction for many young staffers, the situation actually points to a disturbing reality lurking behind the heavy gilded doors of the Capitol: by appearing scantily-clad in their attire, women self-designate themselves into inferior roles and open themselves up to objectification.
    • 2010, Annie Werner, "Where the 'Skinterns' Should Work", Village Voice, 15 July 2010:
      Meanwhile, the barely there selection of a skintern might actually cause potential donors on the street to take a second look, and, possibly even open their wallets -- just hopefully not in expectation of sexual favors.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:skintern.