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From right to left: Andy, Cooper, and Emery. But who will Andy choose??

The Internship is a Furry comic series created by Jackaloo. The first page was posted on July 1st, 2016 and the series is currently ongoing. The series revolves around 25 year old Andrew (Andy) Oleander, a grad school student just trying to kick off his career out in the real world. When a bet from Cooper Estevez, an old frenemy, backfires, he finds himself being given an offer he can't refuse from an older gentleman named Emery Waldren. Is he willing to take the risk for a fantastic new job, or has he found new reasons to invest himself?

The story follows the Love Triangle between Andy, Cooper, and Emery. Andy will face new experiences as well as learning to follow his heart as he grows throughout the series. He will have to choose between his long-time Childhood Friend Cooper who he has been harboring feelings for but knows he isn't ready to come out yet, and the wealthy C.E.O. Emery who offers him an internship at his company with some fun on the side as well as gradually charming him and sweeping him off his feet. But just who will he choose?

The comics in the series include:

  • The Internship Vol. 1
  • Summer's Gone (Side story detailing Cooper's backstory)
  • The Internship Vol. 2
  • Falling Flat (Side story detailing Emery's backstory)
  • The Internship Vol. 3
  • Winter Blossoms (Side story of Andy and Cooper's college days)
  • The Internship Vol. 4 (Announced, the series is slated to be 4 volumes including side stories)

The first issue can be found and bought here and here. Or, the comic will be uploaded for free in intervals on his FurAffinity and Twitter. You can also support the comic on Patreon.

Not to be confused with the film of the same name.

This page contains spoilers. Proceed with caution and read the series first before browsing. Probably goes without saying but this comic and all the links posted here are NSFW.

This series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Cooper grew up with an abusive father who was a heavy drinker and strongly homophobic. Needless to say, it left him pretty broken, even after his death.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Andy calls Cooper "Coop" since childhood.
    • Cooper calls Andy "Dee".
  • Age-Gap Romance: Andy and Emery are about 20 years apart and develop a relationship.
  • All Gays are Promiscuous: Subverted where Emery's job proposal was sexual however he let Andy decide what he wanted to do with the proposal whenever he chose.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Chelsea ends up charmed by Cooper much to Andy's chagrin who sees him as a douchebag.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: How Andy feels when he thinks that he is being used on the side by Emery while he cheats on his wife.
  • Amicable Exes: Emery and his ex-wife are still on good terms and both take care of their two daughters.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Andy to Cooper in volume 2.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: River dressed in drag makes him look like an actual woman and fools Cooper into thinking she is an attractive woman.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Emery Waldren. A former Marine who is the CEO of a successful company.
  • Bathtub Bonding: Andy and Emery both get in the bathtub after Emery suggests it and Andy agrees since he hasn't used a bathtub in ages and is especially sold when a bubble bath is thrown into the mix.
  • Bathtub Scene: Andy and Emery take a bath together at Emery's place during their date night.
  • The Beard: Chelsea seemed to be a cover up for Cooper but without her knowledge. Naturally, she isn't happy when she finds out.
  • Betty and Veronica: Andy's suitors Emery and Cooper. Emery is the more clean, professional, and charming man towards Andy while Cooper is the more cavalier, emotional, and aggressive towards Andy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Andy may seem like a timid and modest guy but when Cooper pushes him too far he gets a violent slap to the face and a Precision F-Strike.
    • Chelsea is a nice and sassy girl but do her wrong and she will tear you a new one.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Emery sports some very huge eyebrows.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • When Emery first kisses Andy in the office after he makes his first move.
    • When Andy and Cooper both exchange kisses at the New Year's party.
  • Big Prick, Big Problems: Although Emery is gifted down there, Andy experiences some pain when he tries it out and they're ultimately forced to switch roles.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Sometimes the characters will have these eyes usually when they become chibi-styled.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Andy accidentally steps on his glasses and has to be driven by Chelsea to pick up new ones.
  • Camp Gay: River is a campy and feminine man who crossdresses and does drag shows.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The main characters are all are gay/bi men (sans Chelsea).
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Downplayed. Emery isn't caught but he does stop himself after he hears his daughters arguing in the kitchen.
  • The Cutie:
    • Chelsea is a friendly and bubbly girl who just wants Andy and Cooper to get along instead of fighting all the time.
    • Kate is a sweet and polite woman who is incredibly supportive to Emery and helps with with his newly found gay life.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Cooper grew up with a homophobic alcoholic father who eventually succumbed to his habits on the day Cooper was approved for high school graduation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much the whole cast but Em's ex-wife takes the cake. Well, mostly cause we can't see her actual face.
  • Disguised in Drag: Justified with River because he is dressing up in drag to do a burlesque or drag show.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Andy has fantasies of both Cooper and Emery.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Andy, a literal dog person, aggressively slaps Cooper in retaliation for groping and sexually assaulting him before his presentation.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: River's wig and drag outfit actually fools Cooper into thinking River actually is a lady.
  • Fag Hag:
    • Chelsea is best friends with Andy and indulges in gay talk as well as dating Cooper.
    • Kate is a close friend of Emery who has a circle of gay friends of her own and helps Emery come out of his shell.
  • Flipping the Bird: Andy pulls this off several times such as when he pulled one behind his back towards Cooper while walking away with Emery and even towards Emery as well when he believes that Emery is cheating on his wife with him after overhearing their conversation.
  • Freudian Excuse: Cooper internalizes his homophobia due to his deadbeat drunk and abusive homophobic father.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Andy and Cooper started out as best friends and later became frenemies who both competed to become better than the other. This rivalry was a cover up for deeper feelings they have been harboring for each other.
  • Gag Penis: Emery has a rather large member down there.
  • The Gentleman or the Scoundrel: Emery is a polite and respectful gentleman while Cooper is a more hot-headed and devious scoundrel.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: For his first date with Emery, Andy wears contacts instead of glasses to look more attractive.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Coooper's plan to rig the bet and sabotage Andy's presentation by making him pop a boner. Hilariously, Andy does actually end up landing a job for sporting a boner!
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Cooper isn't happy when he finds out Andy is screwing with his boss. It's later revealed their relationship triggered his repressed sexuality and feelings for Andy, sending Cooper into a depressed state.
  • Guy on Guy Is Hot: Chelsea fully endorses Andy going out with a "hot daddy".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Andy and Cooper first start out like this.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Cooper is a weed-smoking douchebag to Andy but deep down has feelings for him and wishes to improve himself.
    • Emery is a clean-cut professional man who is polite and charming to Andy, however he may not be entirely honest... as well as under the confident exterior he seems to be very anxious and insecure.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: With Andy's inexperience and Emery's largeness, they face some problems and ultimately couldn't have sex. That is until Emery offered to try receiving.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Seems to be the case for Cooper and Chelsea and definitely for Emery and his wife.
  • Idealized Sex: Subverted. Everything goes well until Andy tries bottoming and it goes just as well as you expect from someone who is a virgin and another person who has a huge member.
  • The Ingenue: Andy starts off as this in the beginning since he is a virgin and is innocently naive when it comes to sexuality.
    Emery: I'm looking for someone who would also be open to... more intimate relations in and out of the office.
    Andy: Intimate... relations?
    Emery: Do you understand what I mean by that?
    Andy: (beat) ... (gasps) You mean... (whispers) sexual?
  • Jerkass:
    • Cooper is a jerk to Andy most of the time.
    • Fletcher is a bona fide douchebag.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cooper harbors deep feelings for Andy but represses his sexuality due to being raised by his homophobic father.
  • Jive Turkey: Fletcher is a thug-looking and talking guy who was formerly a porn star.
  • Lady in Red: Chelsea wears a red silk dress on her New Year's party.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Cooper has trouble getting it up for Chelsea, a sign at their possible Incompatible Orientation.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After trying to sabotage Andy's speech and opportunity to find a job by giving him an unwanted boner in order to rig their bet, Andy ends up being noticed and hired specifically for sporting a big one.
  • Love Triangle: It's advertised as such a story and the three male leads are in the triangle.
  • Lover and Beloved: Emery takes Andy under his wing mentoring him during his internship. They both develop feelings for each other and soon their relationship turns sexual.
  • Malicious Misnaming: On Andy's phone contacts, he has Cooper listed as "Cooper-Pooper".
  • Manly Gay:
    • Emery, who was a former Marine and the boss of the company Andy works for, he definitely fits the vibe.
    • Fletcher is a thug-looking club owner who has a stocky build and is bisexual.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Waldren proposes his job offer after seeing Andy's Raging Stiffie and Andy declined the offer but then reconsidered.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • How Cooper feels towards Andy, Chelsea and himself in general. He is regretful of all the shit he had done, to the point of admitting to Andy that, even though they both harbor feelings for each other, Cooper doesn't deserve him.
    • Emery's speech to Andy about how he ruined his marriage has him deeply regretful and is still ashamed over what he had done.
  • My Greatest Failure: Whatever Emery did to jeopardize his marriage has made him extremely regretful and vows to support his ex-wife and daughters even after a failed marriage.
  • Nice Guy: Although Emery's intentions were sketchy at first, he turns out to be a very polite and caring man.
  • Office Romance: Andy and Emery hit it off during Andy's internship.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Emery has Andy hide under his office desk when his ex shows up unexpectedly. This made Andy flip his lid when he thought Emery was married the entire time and cheating on his wife.
  • Porn with Plot: There are detailed sex scenes as well as the story following a complex Love Triangle.
  • Power is Sexy: Andy falls for his boss and returns his advances.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Cooper gropes Andy backstage giving him an unwanted boner before his presentation, he breaks the hold and slaps Cooper hard while shouting "FUCK YOU!".
  • Queer Romance: The story is a love triangle between three men.
  • Raging Stiffie: Invoked by Cooper when he groped Andy to give him a hard-on in order to sabotage his presentation.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Emery is the wealthy CEO of a company while Cooper lives a humble life.
  • Scars are Forever: Emery has scars on his chest from a recent heart surgery.
  • Semper Fi: Emery is a proud former Marine and has the build to prove it.
  • Sex Equals Love: After a night of passionate sex, Andy and Emery are shaping up towards this direction.
  • Sex for Services: For Happiness. How Andy's internship works where Emery gave him the job with no strings attached and lets Andy decide on the optional offer of sexual services alongside the job.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Emery dresses up in a waistcoat and necktie for his date night with Andy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chelsea supports Andy getting together with Emery and gives him advice.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Emery offered Andy the internship with the sex as completely optional. Eventually Andy gets charmed and develops feelings for Emery and decides to make a move before his temp is over.
  • Splash of Color: The backstory comics like Summer's Gone and Falling Flat are deliberately monochrome with a touch of a few colors thrown in for important details.
  • Straight Gay: None of the characters display stereotypical gay traits. Until Fletcher and River are introduced, at least.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After getting kicked out of the New Year's party, Andy rips into Cooper about all of his problems and shortcomings he had when they were growing up together.
  • The Twink:
    • Andy starts out as a naive and sexually inexperienced young gay man and grows throughout the story.
    • River takes this trope further with his swishy and feminine demeanor.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Cooper is the pretty boy who Andy is attracted to as well as Chelsea however he is struggling with his turbulent emotions and upbringing.
  • Virginity Flag: When Cooper gropes Andy, making him pop an instant boner, is where Cooper mocks him for being a virgin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fox specifically, and Cooper's childhood fox friend from summer camp is never seen or mentioned after that scene.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Andy rips into Emery after hearing him and his wife talking and realizes he was just a pawn while Emery cheats behind his wife's back. Fortunately, Emery was able to promptly explain himself that she was actually his ex-wife and hid Andy because he didn't want to hurt her feelings more than he already had.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The story takes place in a generic urban setting with no name based on Los Angeles.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: River crossdresses and does drag shows at the nightclub Cooper ends up working at.
  • Woman Scorned: Chelsea is absolutely enraged when she finds out her "boyfriend" Cooper was making out with Andy.
  • Women Are Wiser: The female characters such as Chelsea and Kate are shown to be more down to earth than the men and are more the voices of reason towards them.
  • World of Funny Animals: The comic seems to take place in a society of dogs exclusively, the only exceptions so far being Cooper (a wolf) and an unnamed childhood friend of his (a fox).
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Chelsea supports Andy hooking up with an older gentleman and even goes as far as buying lube for his date night.
  • You Are What You Hate: Cooper is abrasive and homophobic when he is actually dealing with internalized homophobia as well as being brainwashed by his father.
  • Yiff: Yes, this comic contains it.