Happy National Intern Day! You've probably seen it popping up on social media feeds or heard a mention about it in the office gossip. But what's this day really all about? Was it just invented to give bosses an excuse to load more work on their interns? (The fact that you're even thinking it signals it's time for a break!). Well, fear not. We've done the grunt work for you so you can get back to your very necessary coffee run.
It's national intern day on the 25th July.
Hoping to clear a few things up and offer some trivia for your next office small talk session, here's a brief history rundown of National Intern Day.
National Intern Day was established in 2017 by WayUp, a job site for university students and recent graduates. The aim was to recognize and celebrate the hardworking interns across the USA who often put in hours of unpaid work in their quest to gain experience in their field.
According to our data, National Intern Day had 8115 online mentions, peaking on the 25th of July, 2019. It seems the interns have definitely made their presence known on social media networks, proving they're an integral part of many workplaces.
So how does one commemorate this day? Besides the obvious, taking your intern out for lunch, there are numerous other ways you can make your interns feel appreciated. Spread the word in the office, recognize the best intern with an 'Intern of the Year' award or even just a simple thank-you note can make an intern's day. Remember, a little appreciation goes a long way!
Though it may seem like just one more 'internet holiday', National Intern Day has a deeper significance. It shows recognition for the important role interns play in companies while also highlighting the need for fair payment and treatment of these aspiring professionals. So next time you meet an intern, don’t just send them for coffee, say a 'thank you' for their contribution as well!
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