6 Fun Activities to Organize for Your Summer Interns

By Aaron Swartz on July 11, 2022

No matter what field you’re in or what work you specialize in, interns are a powerful resource for any business to draw on. Interns bring new ideas and perspectives to your company, as well as great potential employees, and more minds to work on the nitty-gritty behind the scenes. One roadblock you might come up against is that your interns aren’t finding their place in your community, whether it’s because of a lack of experience, age differences, or discomfort over what might be their first professional foray into a field. Luckily, you have plenty of options for breaking the ice, so here are some ideas for fun activities you can do with your interns to start making them feel included in your workplace.

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Game Night

We’ve all spent the last two years figuring out how to remain social without the ability to leave our homes, and one great development we’ve found is the bevy of online games we can play even while remote. If you’re looking for a fun way to interact with your interns then consider hosting a virtual (or in-person) game night. Games like Skribbl.io and Gartic Phone are big hits online, and if you look around a bit there are readily available virtual ports of board games like Settlers of Catan too. Plus, if your interns are working in person you can open the opportunity for anyone to bring their favorite games along with them; maybe you’ll find a new favorite too!

Trivia

From Jeopardy to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, there are a thousand different trivia game shows out there, for good reason: people love them, and so will your interns. A night of trivia questions can really bring people out of their shells and into a bit of friendly competition, and the questions you ask can be incredibly versatile. There are plenty of trivia sets online you can find and use, or you can make your own, maybe even with pointed questions about your business or some of your staff’s interests to make it more exciting and engaging. Regardless, trivia is a really fun activity to try with your interns and you should definitely give it some consideration.

Ice Cream Social

Another event that works in-person or virtually is a workplace classic: the ice cream social. In person we all know how this works; you get a bunch of ice cream flavors and people get to enjoy their favorite frozen treat. Virtually, you can do something very similar. Set up a call on your preferred app and have everyone bring some of their favorite ice creams. Then you can all enjoy it together in a lower-stakes setting than the traditional workplace environment. It’s a simple idea but the prevalence of the ice cream social is a testament to how great a social activity is, so you may want to give it a shot for yourself.

Movie Night

Another great option for the in-person intern or the far-afield, movie nights are a great activity for your permanent staff and your interns alike to enjoy together. You have the option of putting on a movie in person or virtually streaming your film of choice to your viewers, both of which are simple and wonderfully effective options. The added bonus of a movie night is that for those who aren’t very comfortable socially, watching a film is a lot less demanding on your charisma than talking with people all night. Another simple option that longevity thoroughly endorses, movie nights are a great option for any workplace looking for a lighthearted way to become a stronger community.

Coffee Hour

A Coffee Hour is exactly what it sounds like, and that’s part of what makes it such a great activity to host for your interns. Essentially, take an hour for people to drink coffee, tea, or other beverages of choice, and socialize in a low-stakes, non-work environment. It’s a great opportunity for people who’ve never spoken or only ever interacted for work to learn a bit more about each other as people rather than as parts of your company. Better yet, once people start interacting as people rather than as workers they start to become a community and become more comfortable in their roles. Without uncertainty and anxiety impeding their work, interns can become an even more valuable part of your team.

Outings and Trips

Most of the options on this list are possible both for any virtual and in-person staff, as virtual necessity is oftentimes the nature of the beast in this day and age. However, one great option for fun team-building activities — if you have largely on-site workers, that is — is going on a short trip or an outing. Some great options include museums, art galleries, hiking trails, parks, or walking tours of your area. Getting out of the office and out into the world is always nice, and being out of that workplace context can really help your interns get more comfortable with your other staff. Plus you get to take advantage of the warm summer weather, which is always fun.

Your summer interns are excited to get to know you and your staff, and organizing an activity or two is a great way for you to get to know them. From trivia to movies to ice cream, you have a bunch of great options to integrate your new summer interns into your business and create a more productive working environment as a result.

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