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NPR Interns
Summer 2002
Washington, DC


Polina Shklyanoy
"She's so smart and gorgeous," Julia Roberts said while gazing wistfully at her own flawed reflection in the mirror. "No wonder women get neurotic eating disorders. No one can be as perfect as her." In between winning an unprecedented three gold medals in track and field, ping pong and curling, and garnering top prizes in Jeopardy and The Weakest Link, Polina Shklyanoy uses her law books from George Washington University as decorative coasters. Having the paparazzi hound her in the Office of General Counsel hasn't changed the down-home midwestern girl at all. "I'm no different from all you little people," she says, turning down a marriage proposal from Prince William. "I'm just an intern."