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Five Top Tips to Celebrate Interns on National Intern Day

by Angela Orr | May 06, 2019

What!? It may seem hard to believe, but the summer intern season is nearly upon us. Although many companies employ interns throughout the calendar year, the summer months see a major influx of newly developing talent.

TeamKC is prepped and ready to engage young pros throughout the region with our summer intern program, MyKC. It is with these young pros in mind that we look ahead to National Intern Day (July 25).

Taking the time to recognize employees (of all levels) makes a notable impact on job satisfaction, builds trust internally and gives individuals a sense of purpose beyond the 9-to-5. Below are just a few ideas - big and small - to give your interns a boost this summer.

  1. Volunteer Day: There are limitless nonprofits throughout the KC region looking for volunteers. Take one day this summer and give back to the community in a way that’s meaningful to your organization’s mission.

  2. Game Day: No, sports aren’t for everyone - but playing a group game will help your interns to build comradery and confidence. Stay on-site and have everyone bring in a personal favorite (who doesn’t enjoy Uno now and again!), or take it off-site to an escape room, VR gaming, or even an arcade experience around town.

  3. Swag Bags: Keep it simple with a small token of appreciation. Be it some desk swag, flowers, snacks or even a Made in KC surprise, make sure to include a sincere (preferably handwritten) thank you for their hard work this summer.*

  4. Lunchable: Give it your own style, or take one of these outlines to whip up your very own out-of-this-world lunch experience.
    • Healthy style: Plant-based lunch options with spa amenities brought in.
    • Less healthy style: Taco bar with board games and card games.
    • Outdoors: Catered picnic and leisure games on the lawn.
  5. Field Trip: Have you really encouraged your interns to gain first-hand experience in KC’s culture? Perhaps a trip to the Nelson Atkins Museum is in order, or maybe even some exploration of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. What about throwing a scavenger hunt in the mix?

Give your summer interns an opportunity to fully experience the best your organization - and our KC region - has to offer this summer. If you have questions about the MyKC summer intern program or TeamKC, please contact Angela Orr.

*Believe it or not - Gen Z is a big fan of some “old fashioned” communication channels. A personalized note and face-to-face conversation go a long way.

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