I'm a research intern at a fairly selective/prestigious company. There are several other interns, all with different (though somewhat related) projects, some with different supervisors.
One of the interns on my "team" (same supervisor), never works. I know that phrase tends to be overused or hyperbole, but this guy honestly does not work. He spends 6~7 hours a day browsing reddit. I've never seen anything like this before; some of the other interns speculate he might have some mental issues given how compulsive the behavior is (doesn't it get boring?), along with a few other loud and strange tics. He's not very sneaky about it either. In the beginning he used to make an effort in hiding his browsing, switching tabs whenever someone walked by (the interns all work right next to him), but he does not bother with appearances now and it feels flagrant. He always has reddit open on half his monitor screen, and he'll ask us for help on his project. When another intern remarked about the reddit window, he snapped back to "mind your own business." Mind you, we work in an open office environment, no one has screen privacy.
It is very frustrating being around him. We all worked hard to get here, and we actually work. He's on his 5th or 6th project from his supervisor (whereas the rest of us are on original project or 2nd) because, not surprisingly, all previous projects had some "insurmountable" problem. When our supervisor comes by, he'll just talk out of his ass about this or that issue for 20 minutes and promptly return to reddit.
All the interns wish he was disciplined some how, or even moved to a private room where he won't bother us anymore, but it seems like our supervisor does not care, nor any of the regular staff/workers. None of us want to say anything, since it would only make us look bad complaining about another. We have another six months with this guy and as much as we might want to take the high-road and ignore him, but its frankly demoralizing and frustrating being around him, and we are beginning to loathe our superiors for allowing this.
Is there anything we can do besides "deal with it?"