Celebrate National Intern Day 2018 With These Relatable Tweets

More than ever, colleges are pushing their students to learn beyond the boundaries of their pristine campuses and get out into the real world. Some career paths place more emphasis on real-world experiences and connections than others, but as a general rule, internships are a natural stepping stone to your first “adult” job and are going to help you more than they’re going to hurt you.

If you enjoy your internship and it’s connected to something that you are genuinely interested in pursuing as a career, you have the potential to gain valuable knowledge and dedicated mentors who can help you make professional connections. Even if you don’t like your internship, it can still be a valuable learning experience; perhaps at the very least, you’ll learn what you don’t want to do, which can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.

Today’s interns don’t necessarily mirror the coffee-fetching, overworked character that Anne Hathaway plays in The Devil Wears Prada (although some of them certainly do). All of the internships I have held throughout my college career so far have allowed me to create tangible results for the companies I have worked for, including promotional videos, infographics, marketing posters, and written articles. They have been mutually beneficial arrangements in that the company gets more marketing materials or content and I end up with more examples of my work to show to future employers.

For those of you who aren’t going into film production like I am, internships go far beyond the entertainment industry; I know business majors who have interned at firms and nonprofits, pre-med students who have shadowed doctors, and aspiring educators who have gained classroom experience as early as sophomore year. Internships aren’t just for college students, either; some are for recent graduates and actually do pay a decent amount of money.

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To celebrate all of the hardworking interns out there, a company called WayUp created National Intern Day. National Intern Day falls on the fourth Thursday of each July and its purpose is to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication of interns across the country. Being an intern can be tough sometimes, but it can also be rewarding and working your way up is usually a prerequisite for success. Hardly anyone just wakes up one morning and knows what they’re doing; no matter what industry you are in, there will be a learning curve.

If you’re an intern, pat yourself on the back today for your hard work and if you have interns, remember to be patient with them if they don’t grasp a concept right away. They just want to learn and after all, you were in their position once!

There are a variety of ways to celebrate National Intern Day. If you own a company that has interns, you can pledge to celebrate online in order to show your interns how much you value their contributions to the company. It’s completely free to do so and as a result of your participation, your company will automatically be considered for WayUp’s Top 100 Internship Programs. Even if you don’t want to go the official route, you can celebrate your interns by buying them food, letting them leave work early, or posting about their efforts on the company’s social media. If you are an intern who would like to receive some concrete recognition, you can nominate yourself and ask people to give you their vote. There are rewards in it for the interns who get the most votes, including a VIP Festival Experience at Austin City Limits for the number one intern. 

Whether you’re looking for an internship, you’re currently an intern, or your intern days are behind you, the fastest way to celebrate National Intern Day is to take a look at the amusing Twitter posts below. #InternLife gets a little too relatable sometimes and at least one of these will make you smile.


1. These interns who can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep:

https://twitter.com/jakeswanson2019/status/1019914470548803584

 


2. These interns who need some direction:


3. These interns with, um, interesting jobs:

https://twitter.com/hgriffenmusic/status/1017149405743362048


4. These interns who are just done:


5. And finally, these interns who are hungry for more than experience:

https://twitter.com/realtalkmadhuri/status/1019673098306707456

https://twitter.com/NathanJMansur/status/1017483536658558978


Happy National Intern Day and don’t forget to use #NationalInternDay if you post on social media!

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